Eastern Mojave Vegetation Kingston Road - Eastern Mojave Desert  
 

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 Kingston Road was the original route from Valley Wells in the Shadow Valley to Jean in the Ivanpah Valley via Goodpsrings. It was originally opened as a toll road..

Other articles: NV Hwy 161 60000

Locations: Jean.  

Junction: Nevada Highway 161, to U. S. Interstate 15 at Jean, Nevada.

Literature Cited:
- Hewett, D. F., 1931.

Other articles: FAQ Goodsprings Routes to Water at Goodsprings

Locations: Goodsprings.  

Goodsprings

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Goodsprings, Nevada
 

Locations: Aztec Tank. Mesquite Mountains.
Full Size ImageLocation of Aztec Tank, type locality of Aztec Sandstone.
Full Size ImageSandy Valley and the Mesquite Mountains.  

Just south of Wilson Pass a road goes up to some radio towers. Some great views are had from here, including Goodsprings and Sandy Valley.

Full Size ImageKingston Road south of Wilson Pass.  
 

Locations: Wilson Pass.  

Wilson Pass

Full Size ImageKingston Road north of Wilson Pass.  
 

Other articles: Potosi Mountain Road 90000  

Junction: Potosi Mountain Road, to Potosi Valley, Potosi Spring, and eventually Kingston Road near Wilson Pass.

Other articles: Sandy Valley Road Sandy Valley  

Sandy Valley

Junction: Sandy Valley Road

Locations: Mesquite Mountains.
Full Size ImageKingston Road at the California-Nevada border  

Nevada above
California below

Other articles: Field Notes 20040420034919 18 Apr 2017
Full Size ImageView of Mesquite Lake and Mesquite Valley
Full Size ImageDust blown off the surface of Mesquite Lake.  

The first outcropping of limestone on the north side of the road is also an informal dump. It was here that I made my collections 350 - 352, plus taking some photographs of some plants of which I only saw one.

Locations: Sandy Valley.
Full Size ImageSandy Valley, looking east from the margin of the Mesquite Mountains.  

 

Locations: Mesquite Mountains.
Full Size ImageKingston Road on the east side of the Mesquite Mountains.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 354 Coll. No. 355 Coll. No. 356 Coll. No. 380, 22 April 2004
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Full Size ImageColl. No. 355, Phacelia vallis-mortae  

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Coll. No. 356, Lycium andersonii
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Coll. No. 380, Cryptantha
At a narrow point of the canyon, and a bend in Kingston Road, there is a fence line and cattle guard. Also, just to the south side of the road is a small rock shelter.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 319, 27 May 2013
Full Size ImageColl. no. 319, Diplacus bigelovii var. bigelovii  

Cherry stem road to the west.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040422037305
Full Size ImageCalochortus flexuosus in the Mesquite Mountains  

On the south side of the road, climbing up to some dip-slope limestone outcrops, I saw 4-5 Calochortus flexuosus.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040422037310
Full Size ImageLarge Barrel Cactus on quartzite outcrop.  

I walked up to the quartzite outcrop on the south side of the road. On the way back to the car, I collected two different Atriplexes. Location was 11S 3953350 618750, elevation: 1000 m.

Other articles: Field Notes 6 Jun 2006
Full Size ImageGoogleEarth image with aircraft flying over Mesquite Mountains.  

Satellite image of an aircraft over the Mesquite Mountains.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040420034110

Locations: Winters Pass.
Full Size ImageLooking east into Nevada from Winters Pass  

The view west from Winters Pass into Sandy Valley, Nevada.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040420034110 Coll. No. 342 Coll. No. 343, 20 April 2004 Coll. No. 344 Coll. No. 347, 0 Apr 2004 Coll. No. 348

Locations: Mesquite Mountains. Winters Pass.
Full Size ImageView south from Winters Pass  

Winters Pass

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Coll. No. 343, Amsinckia tessellata var. tessellata
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Coll. No. 342, Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia
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Coll. No. 344, Lupinus flavoculatus
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Coll. No. 344, Lupinus flavoculatus
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Coll. No. 347, Cryptantha pterocarya var. cycloptera
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Coll. No. 348, Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia
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Coll. No. 348, Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia
 

Other articles: Field Notes 20050420445 Coll. No. 445.1 Coll. No. 446, 20 Apr 2005
Full Size ImageCollection No. 445 from the Mesquite Mountains
Full Size ImageCollection No. 445 from the Mesquite Mountains  

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Coll. No. 445.1, Pectocarya heterocarpa
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Coll. No. 446, Eriogonum maculatum, from the Mesquite Mountains.
Just south of Winters Pass, about 75 meters, is a small parking area, and a former road, now closed, that follows a ridge to the east.

Other articles: Field Notes 21-Apr-05 Coll No. 453 21-Apr-2005, Coll. No. 454 21-Apr-05 Coll No. 455 21-Apr-05 Coll No. 456 21-Apr-05 at Winters Pass

Locations: Mesquite Mountains.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 455, Hedeoma nana ssp. californica near top of Mesquite Mountains.  

About 200 meters south of Winters Pass is a small road, now closed, that heads east. If you want to climb to the top of the southern Mesquite Mountains, as shown in this photo, you could follow this road east as far as it leads to a saddle overlooking the Mesquite Valley, then turn north, climbing a ridge line, but stay a little to the east, to avoid the cliffs. However, please be very clear that I am not recommending this route. You follow this route at your own risk. A direct approach to this summit would lead one into some pretty rough climbing.
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Orobanche cooperi in the Mesquite Mountains, my Coll. No. 456.
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View of Mesquite Mountains summit from Winters Pass.
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Coll. No. 453, Nicotiana obtusifolia, from the Mesquite Mountains.
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Detail of Coll. No. 453, Nicotiana obtusifolia from the Mesquite Mountains.
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Coll. No. 454, Galium stellatum
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Coll. No. 454, Galium stellatum
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Coll. No. 455, Hedeoma nana ssp. californica, from the Mesquite Mountains
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Coll. No. 455, Hedeoma nana ssp. californica
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Coll. No. 455, Hedeoma nana ssp. californica
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Coll. No. 456, Orobanche cooperi, collected near the top of the Mesquite Mountains.
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The route I took to the top of the Mesquite Mountains.
 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 337.1
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About 5 miles north of Excelsior Mine Road, and 1 mile south of Winters Pass, just south of a small cherry-stem road.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1578, 18 Apr 2017
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1578, Sphaeralcea ambigua  

About 4.6 miles north of Excelsior Mine road, wash crosses Kingston Road.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040420034009

Locations: Winters Pass.
Full Size ImageWinters Pass as seen from one of the small hills in Winters Pass Hills.  

From a vantage point on the low Winters Pass Hills north of Kingston Road, one gets a better sense of Winters Pass being a low, broad pass separating the North and South Mesquite Mountains.

Other articles: Field Notes 20 Apr 05 Looking for Langloisia
Full Size ImageEriophyllum wallacei in wash near the Wilson Pass Hills, Mesquite Mountains.  

When walking across the wash to the Winters Pass Hills from Kingston Road, there are often little wooly sunflowers (Eriophyllum wallacei) clustered in the washes.

Other articles: Field Notes 20 Apr 04 Coll No 341

Locations: Goldhammer Mine.
Full Size ImageLilac Subbonnet (Langoisia setosissima ssp. punctata)  

Lilac Sunbonnet (Langloisia setosissima ssp. punctata) can be found on the south slopes of Winters Pass Hills, elevation 990 m (3500 ft) about mid-Spring. The 20th of April 2004 was just about perfect in terms of a full bloom of the species. However, 20 April 2005 was much too early because the early Spring was cool and cloudy. As a comparison, on 24 April 2005 we found Lilac Sunbonnet in full bloom at the Goldhammer Mine, which is 100 km (62 mi) south, at elevation 675 m (2280 ft), which is 215 m (1220 ft) lower in elevation.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040420034007
Full Size ImageMojave Prickly Pear (Opuntia erinacea) on the slopes of the Winters Pass Hills
Full Size ImageParish's Larkspur (Delphinium parishii) on the slopes of the Winters Pass Hills.  

 

Literature Cited:
- Corsetti, Frank A, and Alan J. Kaufman, 2003.

Other articles: Death Valley Geology 148600 Field Notes 20 Apr 04 near Winters Pass Hills

Locations: Winters Pass Hills.  

Winters Pass Hills

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Winters Pass Hills near Kingston Road
Winters Pass Hills was the southeastern extent of investigation of the Noonday Dolomite and the Johnnie Formation by Corsetti and Kaufman (2003)

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 1575, 18 Apr 2017
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1575, Yucca schidigera  

At about 1.1 miles north of Excelsior Mine Road, location of collection #1575 Yucca schidigera and 1576 Ambrosia dumosa.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 330 Coll. No. 335 20050420510

Locations: Clark Mountain.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 330, Desert Pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii) near the Mesquite Mountains.  

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View of Clark Mountain from the north.
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Coll. No. 330, Chaenactis fremontii
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Coll. No. 330, Chaenactis fremontii
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Coll. No, 335, Lycium cooperi
View to the south of Clark Mountain from Kingston Road.

Other articles: Excelsior Mine Road at Kingston Rd Routes to Water at Kingston Rd Jct  

Junction:
  • Excelsior Mine Road, to the Kingston Range, Horsethief Springs, Beck Spring, and eventually Tecopa and Shoshone.
  • Goodsprings to Silver Lake, from Thompson's (1921), Routes to Watering Places

Locations: Kingston Range.
Full Size ImageKingston Range, seen from Kingston Road, just north of Valley Wells.  

 

Other articles: Keany Pass Road at Kingston Road  

Junction

Junction:
  • Keany Pass Road, follows the powerlines through Keany Pass on the north side of Clark Mountain, eventually reaching U. S. Interstate 15 at Primm, Nevada.

Locations: Clark Mountain.
Full Size ImageCanyon on west side of Clark Mountain.
Full Size ImagePachalka Spring  

Pachalka Spring. Large perennial spring on the west side of Clark Mountain, 5 miles of rough road.
   

Other articles: Field Notes 20050420032
Full Size ImageView of Shadow Valley, the Mesquite Mountains, and the Spring Mountains.  

A few miles north of Valley Wells, Kingston Road passes through some low hills and over a low pass. From here, the is often an excellent view of Shadow Valley and the Spring Mountains.

Other articles: Kessler Springs Road at Valley Wells Interstate 15 Valley Wells  

Valley Wells

Junction:
  • U. S. Interstate 15, west to Los Angeles, and east to Las Vegas.
  • Kessler Springs Road, south to Cima and Mojave National Preserve.
 

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Corsetti, Frank A, and Alan J. Kaufman. 2003. Stratigraphic investigations of carbon isotope anomalies and Neoproterozoic ice ages in Death Valley, California. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 115(8):916-932. {TAS}
  Hewett, D. F. 1931. Geology and ore deposits of the Goodsprings quadrangle, Nevada. U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 162..
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Date and time this article was prepared: 10/6/2017 5:57:49 PM