Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m.: Upper Manzanita Trail from Vincent Gap to Dorr Canyon: Difficulty: Moderate. Round trip approx. 5 miles. Elevation loss and gain approx. 1000 ft.
Co-leaders: Jane Tirrell and Helena Bowman
This trail is part of the High Desert National Recreation Trail that connects mountain and desert habitats. We will go as far as Dorr Canyon depending on the wishes of the group; the Manzanita Trail ends at Big Rock Creek near Southfork Campground. The object of this walk is to see the California flannel bushes, Fremontodendron californicum, in bloom.
There are many other interesting plants along this trail as well as some unique geology; the trail runs along the trace of the Punchbowl Fault (see the web page by Tom Chester and Jane Strong for a detailed description: tchester.org/sgm/trails/manzanita.html ) Bring lunch and plenty of water.
Directions to Vincent Gap: Take California State Route 2, the Angeles Crest Highway, from either La Cañada (about 52 miles) or Big Pines near Wrightwood (about 5 miles) to the large parking area at Vincent Gap. A restroom is available and an Adventure Pass is needed. The Manzanita Trail descends from the north side of the highway.