Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.: Blue Ridge Pacific Crest Trail, Part 1: This walk along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is designed to showcase the beautiful stands of black oak (Quercus kelloggii) as they appear in early summer. We'll repeat this walk (Blue Ridge Pacific Crest Trail, Part 2) on October 29 to see these trees with their brilliant yellow fall foliage. The route is lined with sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata subsp. vaseyana), mountain whitethorn (Ceanothus cordulatus) and chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. demissa) as well as many other flowering plants. This area provides spectacular views of the desert, the nearby mountains, and the canyon carved by the headwaters of the San Gabriel River. The walk is a little less than 2 miles with about 400 feet of elevation gain. Leader: Jane Tirrell (gmail jgtirrell)
Directions: We will meet in the parking area on the south side of the Angeles Crest Highway (California State Route 2) at Inspiration Point, about 53 miles above La Cañada or about 2 miles from Big Pines. Restrooms are available; an Adventure Pass is required. Bring lunch and plenty of water.