Indicates only "flowing"
perennial creeks or streams. This does not include seeps or springs. The absence of such
does not indicate that the entire trail is dry, rather "creekside splendor" is
not a feature.
Waterfalls: (W) As stated.
Wildflowers: (WF) Most of the trails in the
Wilderness will have some form of wildflower blooming at the height of mountain spring
(June/July). Those indicated have a greater amount, greater diversity, and/or are
"famed" for their wildflowers. Winter precipitation may greatly vary localized
flower displays. See Flora and Fauna for more information
Shade/Forested: (F) Indicates trails which offer at
least sections of shade and respite from sun exposure. Conversely, these same trails may
be bone-chilling in the spring or autumn. Generally, the south facing trails in the
Wilderness receive full sun exposure and may be quite hot during the height of summer.
Trailside Vistas: (V) Indicates trails
which offer a greater degree of awe inspiring trailside vistas. Southern slope trails
offer vistas of the greater southern California urban areas, northern slope trails offer
views of the Santa Ana Canyon and/or the Mojave Desert and San Bernardino Mountains.
Camp Vistas: (CV)
Indicates that the stated trail has trail camps which offer great views from within camp
or just a few minutes from your tent.
Lakes: (L) There are only two lakes in the
Wilderness: Dry Lake and Dollar Lake.
(M) Indicates that
meadows may be found alongside or nearby the stated trail. Meadows are fragile areas and all visitors are required to stay off
the meadows. Please click here for more information on Minimum Impact Ethics.
Solitude: (S) Indicates with a number ranking
(1-5) the degree of solitude that may be found along the stated trail. A "1"
indicates that the trail is one of the quietest, and consequently one of the lesser
visited trails. A "5" indicates the trail receives a fair amount of use and
might not offer the solitude you may desire. This is a rather subjective ranking as it is
based on weekend travel. Most weekday journeys to the Wilderness will find
solitude on a typically "busy" trail.
Difficulty: (D) Easy, moderate, or difficult.
This too, is a subjective evaluation. This takes into account the total elevation gain and
number of miles from trailhead or trail start to trail terminus or where it joins another
trail. One individual may find an easy rated trail difficult, and another individual may
find a difficult rated trail moderate.