Baden Powell - San Gabriel Mountains
The Pacific Crest Trail skirts the ridge and takes in the dramatic views on Baden Powell—the inverted layer of smog above the Los Angeles basin is also visible.
Limber pine (Pinus flexis) on the summit with the Devil's Backbone ridge in the distance.
This limber pine has been here a long time...
At the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Summit Trail one of the most famous southern California trees has taken purchase for thousands of years—notice the mountain has slowly eroded out from beneath it.
Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) also endure along the ridges of Baden Powell.
Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) on the summit.
The DescentThe target of this hike was to get to know bigcone Douglas-fir—a conifer endemic to the transverse ranges of southern California. I lived with this tree for over 7 years but did not appreciate its dynamic nature at the time. It is a true survivor and a beautiful tree.
Dropping into the San Gabriel River Canyon within the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.
Pseudotsuga macrocarpa framing Mount Baldy—notice the" hairy limbs" where epicormic shoots are a common because it is adapted to deal with wind and fire.
On of the many big trees growing in shaded canyons with canyon live oak, incense-cedar, and the occasional sugar pine.
That there is a big cone!
Baden Powell back-lit by a smog-enhanced sunset.
Conifers of the Baden Powell Region within the San Gabriel Mountains (I think this is quite an impressive list):
- Sugar Pine
- Lodgepole pine
- Ponderosa pine
- Jeffrey pine
- Limber pine
- White fir
- Bigcone Douglas-fir
- Sierra juniper (very rare on Devil's Backbone)
- Coulter pine (lower elevations on edge of Mojave)
- California juniper (lower elevations on edge of Mojave)
- Singleleaf pinyon (lower elevations on edge of Mojave)