KEYWORDS: iris meadow, sub-alpine, montane chaparral, mixed coniferous forest, fall color
About one hour drive from the greater Los Angeles area. Has seasons. Iris blooms in great drifts in late spring, other wetland plants make it like a huge vernal pool at a high altitude. Sometimes condors can be seen. Summer on the flat rocky summit which you have to hike to has sub-alpine cushion-mat type plants in rocky scree. Fall has black oaks in bright colors. Snow play in winter. Great views on clear days. The road up follows the San Andreas Fault with typical features like sag ponds and scarps. Always cool.
Program Report: Mount Pinos High, June 2015
Ecology and Ecophysiology of a Subalpine Fellfield Community
on Mount Pinos, Southern California