The transition from the San Gabriel Mountains is long and I arbitrarily picked the Mill Creek Fire Station as that point, mostly because I had some time then to blog. But there is still one more peak, Mt Gleason, that is over 6000 foot before we settle down into the rolling hills around Agua Dulce. The three days covered here start at the Mill Creek Fire Station, run past the North Fork FS, through the Vasuez Rocks, the small town of Agua Dulce and end at the Green Valley FS. While the first and last of these fire stations are on paved roads, they all appear to be forest service stations that are concerned with supporting forest fire control rather than residential, and do not appear to be regularly manned.
The pictures and narrative below are in the order that they occur should you walk the trail in a continuous fashion. But because the weather forecast was calling for snow above 5000 feet, and the initial part of this trail was going over 6000 and would be 25 miles long, I wimped out and did the middle of it first and then went back and did the beginning. From descriptions I heard later, that was probably a wise decision.
At the center left is the Mill Creek fire station, and the road in the center of the picture is one that we had talked about as a possible escape route should I need rescuing; except it ended up being blocked off at the fire station. Oh well, didn't need it anyway.
Update 5/15: Joanne identifies these as Penstemon.
Like many of the plants here, I have no idea what the little guy to the right is, but the small flower looks like it is setting in a small green saucer. Each 'saucer' is about an inch across.
Update 5/15: According to Joanne this is Minor's leaf.
Update 5/15: Joanne identifies these as Prickly Phlox.
Today is a lazy zero day. Do a little writing, sleep lots and eat more. Then get ready to challenge the desert tomorrow.