Eastern Mojave Vegetation Field Notes (Continued)  
 

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 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.

 

   

March, 2017

 

 

 

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail along trail Social Trail near stream at spring
Full Size ImageSouth Table Mountain Fire on north slope of South Table Mountain
Full Size ImageEphemeral stream crosses trail  

Friday, March 10th

Hiked the City of Golden North Table Mountain Trail from the Peery Parkway trailhead to the Golden Cliffs Trailhead and a little beyond.
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Ephemeral stream crosses trail
 

 

 

Other articles: Social Trail at spring

Locations: North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageDeer above spring, southwest slopes of North Table Mountain.  

Thursday, March 16th

North Table Mountain and Park.
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Spring improvements, plastic pipe south down the hill.
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Spring improvements (steel drum set in watercourse).
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Downhill view from the spring.
From the stream crossing on the City of Golden trail, climbed up the slope to find the spring. It is at the top of the second run, and at the base of a thicket. The spring has been “improved” in two locations. One has a 1 inch black plastic pipe coming out ot a small thicket. Presumably there was a small spring box that is now overgrown. The other improvement is a small metal drum that has been cut open and laid sideways in the watercourse. This probably ensured a small pool of water for wildlife to drink. The drum is now filled with rocks. Above the spring is the head scarp of a large landslide on which the surface is level to sloped back toward the mountain.

From the head scarp I went north to the North Table Mountain Trail, then up the social trail to the top of the mesa. I checked the spoils pile for Astragalus, then returned by way of the Golden Cliffs Trail, stopping to verify the location of Munroa squarrosa.

 

 

Other articles: Rooney Road Sports Complex Road at end Tin Cup Ridge (social trail) at start of trail at monument in quarry in pines at saddle
Full Size ImageA gate and hiker pass-thru has been added to the fence.
Full Size ImageSurvey monument just off-trail.  

Monday, March 20th

Tin Cup Ridge. Part way then down the side of the hill.
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Ripple marks on the bottom of sandstone strata.
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Ponderosa pine along trail which has been partially felled by a hatchet or axe.
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Sink hole above a closed mine.
 

Other articles: Tin Cup Ridge (social trail) at Coll. 1567  

1567  Field identification: Claytonia rosea. Just a few in bloom, open east-facing slope, in grasses and forbs, below mountain mahogany growing along the ridge line.

Claytonia rosea Rydb. Rocky Mountain Springbeauty.

Tin Cup Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado. Northern part of ridge, both sides of social trail, open east-facing slope in grasses and forbs, below mountain mahogany lining the top of the ridge, 4.6 km south southeast of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7157N, 105.2066W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1900 m.

 

 

Other articles: Arapahoe Street near 2nd Cheyenne Street in the alley
Full Size ImageMyrtle Spurge on Arapahoe Street.
Full Size ImageMyrtle spurge in the alley.  

Wednesday, March 22nd

Myrtle spurge around a neighborhood loop.
 

 

 

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora up. wash. Social Trail (Up. Wash. Ave. OS) at top Washington Avenue near Rubey

Locations: Upper Washington Avenue Open Space.
Full Size ImageView south toward N. Rubey Drive.  

Saturday March 25th

Walked up various alleys to the small open space above Washington Avenue.
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View west to North Table Mountain.
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View south to Castle Rock.
 

 

   

Monday, March 27th

City of Golden open space above upper Washington Avenue.
 

Other articles: Social Trail (N. Ford to Jackson) n. e. corner Social Trail (Up. Wash. Ave. OS) behind Cannonball at tree at path at tree at Leu. mon.

Locations: Upper Washington Avenue Open Space.
Full Size ImageEast end of open space.  

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Leucocrinum montanum on south-facing slope.
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Last year's fruit on Prunus virginiana
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Prunus virginiana
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Small bench under tree.
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Coryphantha vivipara with fruit.
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Social trail between housing development and Cannonball Brewery.
 
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