SHORT NOTICE FIELD OUTING: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m.: Woolly mountain parsley near Camp Glenwood: Leader: Jane Tirrell. Grade: Easy to moderate (elevation about 6,200 feet).
The first plant to flower at higher elevations in the San Gabriel Mountains is often the woolly mountain parsley, Oreonana vestita. The plants are presently in flower along the Pacific Crest Trail near Camp Glenwood which is between the Santa Clara Divide Road (Three Points) and Cloudburst Summit along the Angeles Crest Highway. The walk to the plants from the highway is about 0.5 to 0.75 miles to a point shortly beyond Camp Glenwood. Although the trail provides a very pleasant walk, Oreonana vestita is likely to be the only plant in flower in this area.
Directions: Take the Angeles Crest Highway from La Caðada (about 30 miles) to a large parking area with a restroom. The parking area is on the right (south) side of the highway about three miles past Newcomb's Ranch or about one mile past the Santa Clara Divide Road. (If coming from Wrightwood, the parking area is roughly four miles past (west) of Cloudburst Summit.) An Adventure Pass is needed for parking. We will meet in the parking area before crossing the highway about 200 yards east of the parking area to access the Pacific Crest Trail. We'll be able to see the plants and return to our cars before lunch, but bring lunch if you'd like to explore the area further.