Eastern Mojave Vegetation California Highway 120  
 

Tom Schweich  

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 Legislative Route Number 40 from 1935 to 1963.

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• U. S. Interstate 5:  52000;  

Junction: US Interstate 5

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• CA Hwy 99:  45700;  

Junction: California Highway 99, south to Fresno and Bakersfield.

 

 

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• Field Notes:  Sierra Foothills, October 6, 2000;

Locations: Manteca.  

Manteca

 

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• CA Hwy 99:  45400;  

Junction: California Highway 99, north to Sacramento.

 

   

Escalon

 

 

 

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• CA Highway 108:   in Oakdale;
• Field Notes:  Sierra Foothills, October 6, 2000;

Locations: Oakdale.  

Oakdale

Junction: California Highway 108

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• Field Notes:  Sierra Foothills, October 6, 2000;
Full Size ImageOak woodland along Highway 120.  

 

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• Field Notes:  Sierra Foothills, October 6, 2000;
Full Size ImageDigger Pine (Pinus sabiniana) along Highway 120.  

 

 

 

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• CA Highway 108:   at Yosemite Junction;  

Yosemite Junction

 

 

 

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• California Highway 49:   at CA Hwy 120 W;  

Chinese Camp

Junction: California Highway 49

Locations: Don Pedro Reservoir.  

California Highway 120 crosses the Tuolumne River backed up in Don Pedro Reservoir.

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• Field Notes:  20060602100;
Full Size ImageDon Pedro Reservoir where crossed by CA Highway 120.  

Vista point

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• Field Notes:  20060602110;
Full Size ImageDon Pedro Reservoir and Jacksonville Road bridge.  

 

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• California Highway 49:   at CA Hwy 120 E;  

Junction: California Highway 49

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• Wards Ferry Road:  90000;  

Junction: Wards Ferry Road

 

   

Groveland

 

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• Field Notes:   2 Oct 2013;

Locations: Rim of the World.
Full Size ImageView after the Rim fire.  

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View after the Rim fire.
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View after the Rim fire.
Rim of the World vista point.

 

   

Yosemite National Park

Big Oak Flat Entrance

 

 

Other articles:
• California Highway 41:  Crane Flat;  

Crane Flat

 

 

 

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• Field Notes:  22-Sep-06 in Yosemite;

Locations: Half Dome. Olmstead Point.
Full Size ImageHalf Dome from Olmstead Point  

Olmstead Point

View point along Highway 120 in Yosemite National Park.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Olmstead Point, October 6, 2000;  22-Sep-06 in Yosemite;

Locations: Tenaya Lake.
Full Size ImageTenaya Lake  

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Tenaya Lake from Olmstead Point
 

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• Field Notes:   23 Jun 2011;
Full Size ImageLunch at Tenaya Lake
Full Size ImageTenaya Lake, June 23, 2011  

There is a little parking lot here with acces to the lake. I often stop here for lunch.

 

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Olmstead Point, October 6, 2000;

Locations: Tenaya Lake.  

Tenaya Lake

 

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Dühnforth, Miriam, Robert S. Anderson, Dylan Ward, and Greg M. Stock, 2010.

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• Field Notes:  1-Aug-07;

Locations: Pothole Dome.  

Pothole Dome

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The closest thing to a pothole that I saw on Pothole Dome
If you want to climb Pothole Dome, the parking area is at the extreme western end of Tuolume Meadows, just where the highway enters the meadows or, perhaps, leaves the meadow, depending upon your direction of travel.

One of two places along California Highway 120 where Dühnforth, et al. (2010) measured 10Be and bedrock fracture spacing in a project to analyze bedrock fracture control of glacial erosion and rates. The other is Lembert Dome.

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• Field Notes:  1-Aug-07;

Locations: Tuolumne Meadows.
Full Size ImageTuolumne Meadows from Pothole Dome.  

The climb to the top of Pothole Dome is fairly easy. From the top of Pothole Dome, you get a little different perspective on Tuolumne Meadows.

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• Field Notes:  1-Aug-07;

Locations: Pothole Dome.
Full Size ImagePothole Dome from CA Hwy 120 in Tuolumne Meadows  

There are many places to stop along the highway in Tuolumne Meadows. However, to minimize damage to the meadow from foot traffic, the Park Service has closed access to much of the meadow. Therefore, if you want to walk out onto the meadow, or to the Tuolumne River, be sure to find a place that permits access.

 

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tuolumne Meadows, October 6, 2000;  17-Jul-05;  24-Jun-2007;   23 Jun 2011;

Locations: Tuolumne Meadows.
Full Size ImageTuolumne Meadows  

Tuolumne Meadows

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Tuolumne Meadows from western edge.
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Tuolumne Lakes, June 23, 2011
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Tuolomne Meadows.
 

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Dühnforth, Miriam, Robert S. Anderson, Dylan Ward, and Greg M. Stock, 2010.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  1-Aug-07;

Locations: Lembert Dome.  

Lembert Dome

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Lembert Dome from Pothole Dome.
Near Lembert Dome is a parking area, picnic benches, and a trailhead. Trails from this trailhead go to the top of Lembert Dome, or west to Soda Springs.

One of two places along California Highway 120 where Dühnforth, et al. (2010) measured 10Be and bedrock fracture spacing in a project to analyze bedrock fracture control of glacial erosion and rates. The other is Pothole Dome.

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• Field Notes:   2 Oct 2013;
Full Size ImageMount Dana and Mount Gibbs  

View to the west of Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs.
  Tuolumne River basin above, to the west.

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Anderson, R. Scott, 1990.
- Schweikert, Richard A., and Mary M. Lahren, 1999.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tioga Pass, October 6, 2000;  23 Jun 2011;

Locations: Tioga Pass. Tioga Pass Pond.  

Tioga Pass

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Glacial lake at Tioga Pass
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Yosemite entrance station June 23, 2011
A Middle to Late Triassic volcanic vent structure, named the Tioga Pass caldera by Schweikert and Lahren (1999), is exposed near the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. Rocks they associate with the Tioga Pass caldera are will exposed along the Yosemite Park boundary in the flanks of Gaylor Peak and Mount Dana, northwest and southeast, respectively, of the Tioga Pass entrance station to Yosemite National Park.

About 200 meters east of the entrance station is Tioga Pass Pond. This pond sits directly on the Sierra crest, within Yosemite National Park and rests in a kettlehole depression only slightly larger than the pond itself. There are no inflowing streams. This is one of three Sierra ponds from which Anderson (1990) analyzed pollen and plant macrofossils in sediments. The other two locations are Starkweather Pond and Barrett Lake (sic) near to the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Locations: Mono Basin.  


Mono Lake basin below, to the east.

 

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  Tioga Lake, October 6, 2000;

Locations: Tioga Lake.
Full Size ImageTioga Lake.  

Tioga Lake

 

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• Field Notes:   1-Aug-07 at Nunatak Nature Trail;
• Glossary:  nunatak;
Full Size ImageNunatak Nature Trail  

Nunatak Nature Trail

A nunatak is an isolated knob or peak of bedrock that projects prominently above the surface of a glacier and is surrounded by glacier ice. The word is derived from the Eskimo for "lonely peak."

I stopped here to see what this trail was all about. However, it was raining pretty hard with no signs of letting up, so I went on down the canyon.

  Tioga Pass Resort

Other articles:
• Saddlebag Lake Road:   at CA Hwy120;  

Junction: Saddlebag Lake Road.

USFS Junction Campground nearby.

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon (Upper).  

 

 

 

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• Field Notes:  24 Sep 06 on CA Hwy120;   27 Jul 2010;

Locations: Ellery Lake.
Full Size ImageEllery Lake in the morning.  

Ellery Lake

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Wildflower walk led by Cathy Rose
There is a USFS campground along Lee Vining Creek on the opposite side of the lake.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  6 Oct 2000 at Lee Vining;   22 Sep 2006;

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon.
Full Size ImageLee Vining Canyon in October 2000.  

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Lee Vining Canyon
 

Full Size ImageView of Warren Canyon from Tioga Pass Road.  
View of Warren Canyon to the north.

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• Warren Canyon:  90000;

Locations: Warren Canyon.  

Warren Canyon trailhead.

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• Field Notes:  24-Jun-07;   23 Jun 2011;

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon.
Full Size ImageWater cascades down Lee Vining Canyon  

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Water cascades down upper Lee Vining Creek.
Water cascading down Lee Vining Canyon. In 2007, the Poole Powerhouse was shut down, and the water was taking its natural course down this cascade. In June 2011, the amount of water from snowmelt exceeded the capacity of Ellery Lake and the penstock.
  View of Lee Vining Canyon

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  24-Jun-07;

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon.
Full Size ImageLee Vining Canyon from the Tioga Road.  

View of the floor of Lee Vining Canyon.

Other articles:
• Poole Power Plant Road:   at CA Hwy 120;  

Junction: Poole Power Station Road

Literature Cited:
- Clements, Craig B., 1999.

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon.  

Lee Vining Canyon was the site of a study of valley and mountain winds by Clements (1999). He found a valley wind, up the canyon, in the day time, and a mountain wind, down the canyon, at night. Clements also found a day time down canyon wind caused my mixing with upper level westerly flow in the summer months.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  20070627030;
Full Size ImageLee Vining Canyon in the early morning.  

Early morning view of Lee Vining Canyon.

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• Field Notes:  24-Jun-2007;
Full Size ImageAqueduct Intake in Lee Vining Canyon  

Junction: Forest Road 01N104, to aqueduct intake dam.

Locations: Lee Vining Ranger Station.  

Lee Vining Ranger Station

Full Size ImageNegit Island from the Mobil Gas Station  
Tioga Gas Mart (Mobil Station) and Whoa Nelli Deli.

Other articles:
• U. S. Highway 395:   at CA Hwy 120 West;  

Junction: US Highway 395, north into Lee Vining and other points north.
 
For 4.75 miles, California Highway 120 follows the north-south route of US Highway 395.

Literature Cited:
- State of California, 1917.

Other articles:
• U. S. Highway 395:   at CA Hwy 120 East;  

Junction: US Highway 395, south past June Lakes and Mammoth into the Owens Valley.

I have seen some collections made along California Highway 120 east of US Highway 395 that refer to “Mono Lake Basin Road.” GoogleEarth will supply this name in addition showing the symbol for highway 120. This is a segment of California Highway 120 which is an extension of “Mono Lake Basin state road.” The original portion of Mono Lake basin road was built from local Mono County roads up to the existing Tioga Road, a distance of 9.3 miles, in the period 1904-1909. The extension, from what is now US Highway 395 to Mono Mills, was authorized by the state legislature in 1917.

CHAPTER 704
An act extending the Mono Lake Basin state road easterly to a junction with the county road from Mono Lake post offce to Mono Mills.
[Approved May 29, 1917, In effect July 28, 1917.]
The people of the State of Califonia do enact as follows:
Section 1. The state department of engineering is hereby authorized and directed to extend the Mono Lake basin state road easterly to a junction with the county road from Mono Lake post office to Mono Mills, which said extension is hereby declared and established as a portion of the Mono Lake basin state road.

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• Field Notes:   2-Aug-08 in Pumice Valley;
Full Size ImageGrave of the Unknown Prospector  

Grave of the Unknown Prospector, dedicated in 2003. It seems to me, though, that before Caltrans rebuilt this intersection, the memorial at this site was the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman.

 

 

Locations: Pumice Valley.  

Pumice Valley

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   Coll. No. 626, 2 Jul 2010.;  

Junction: Dross Road, guess what you'd find here …

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• Field Notes:  Coll. No. 892;
Full Size ImageDense growth of Coll. No. 892 Eriogonum baileyi var. baileyi two years after the Crater Fire.  

Dense bloom of Eriogonum baileyi two years after the Crater Fire.
  Junction: Forest Road 1N55

Literature Cited:
- Watkins, James M., Michael Manga, and Donald DePaolo, 2012.

Other articles:
• Inyo Forest Road 1N11:   at CA Hwy 120;
• Field Notes:  7 July 2009 near Panum Crater;

Locations: Panum Crater.  

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View of Panum Crater
Junction:
  • Forest Road 1N11, south, along to west side of Mono Craters.
  • Forest Road 01N28. Turn-off, gravel road to Panum Crater parking area.

Watkins, et al. (2012) studied H2O and CO2 concentration gradients in pyroclastic obsidian from Mono Craters to develop a tool for evaluating degassing models and inferring time scales of magmatic processes. Since the obsidian was taken from a crater said to have erupted in A. D. 1340, it is assumed the sample was made at Panum Crater.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   Coll. No. 800, 11 Sep 2011.;
Full Size ImageHabitat of Nicotiana attenuata along side CA Highway 120
Full Size ImageHabitat of Nicotiana attenuata along side CA Highway 120.  

In September, 2011, this Nicotiana attenuata was growing in the burned area alongside CA Highway 120.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  23 Sep 06 near Panum Crater;
Full Size ImageBloody Canyon  

In the early morning light, there are excellent views of Bloody Canyon from the vicinity of Panum Crater.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  23 Sep 06 near Panum Crater;

Locations: Panum Crater.
Full Size ImagePanum Crater  

Panum Crater, with its tephra ring, is to the north. This view shows that a better view would be found from higher on the hill.

Literature Cited:
- Chesterman, Charles W., 1968.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  23 Sep 06 near Panum Crater;

Locations: Mount Biedeman. Paoha Island.  

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Paoha Island from small hill near Panum Crater.
View of Paoha Island just to the right of Panum Crater, with Mount Biedeman across Mono Lake. Bodie would just to the right and behind Mount Biedeman.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  23 Sep 06 near Panum Crater;

Locations: South Tufa Area.
Full Size ImageSouth Tufa Area from a small hill near Panum Crater.  

View of South Tufa Area. Parking lot is behind the tree.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  23 Sep 06 near Panum Crater;
Full Size ImageView of Cedar Hill acress Mono Lake.  

View of Cedar Hill across Mono Lake.

Other articles:
• Test Station Road:   at CA Hwy 120;  

Junction: Test Station Road, to South Tufa.

The Forest Service designation for this road is 01N51, and this road is sometimes also called "South Tufa Road."

Other articles:
• Inyo Forest Road 1N23:   at CA Hwy 120;  

Junction: Forest Road 1N23, generally in an easterly direction. Along this road I have collected Mentzelia monoensis and Eatonella nivea.

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• Field Notes:   16 Jun 2011;
Full Size ImageCollection No. 754, Cymopterus cinereus
Full Size ImageCollection No. 754, Cymopterus cinereus  

Cymopterus cinerarius A. Gray. Along California Highway 120, 8 miles east of US Highway 395. Around Jeffrey pines, in pine needles, and other places with more organic matter than is usual in these cinder beds. There are plenty of collections of this taxon from this location. Collect it somewhere else and add to its distribution data.

Other articles:
• Forest Road 1N24:   at CA Hwy 120;  

Junction: Forest Road 1N24, south along the east side of Mono Craters to East Crater Sand Flat.

Other articles:
• Forest Road 1S07:   at CA Hwy120;  

Junction: Forest Road 1S07, to East Craters Sand Flat and Bald Mountain Road (1S05).

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Billeb, Emil B., 1968.
- Likes, Robert C., 197x.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  23 Sep 06 at Mono Mills;  7 July 2009 near Mono Mills;

Locations: Mono Mills.  

Mono Mills

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Mill site at Mono Mills.
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Location of turntable at Mono Mills.
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New interpretive display at Mono Mills.
From Mono Mills west to US Highway 395, the segment of California Highway 120 is sometimes referred to as the “Mono Lake Basin Road.”

Mono Mills
To meet the ever increasing demand for lumber and cord wood the Bodie Railway and Lumber Company was formed in February 1881. Timber was harvested from various tracts to the south. It was milled at this site and then shipped to Bodie on the railroad via Warm Springs and Lime Kiln. The sawmill was a two story structure capable of producing 80,000 board feet in a 10 hour shift (when the crew was sober) and was powered by a 16 inch steam engine. With the development of electricity at Green Creek and reduced gold production in Bodie, Aurora, and Masonic, the demand for lumber and fuel wood diminished and Mono Mills was abandoned in 1917.
Dedicated September 9, 1989
  • Bodie Chapter No. 64
  • E. Clampus Vitus
  • Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S13:   at CA Hwy 120;

    Locations: Devils Punch Bowl.  

    Junction: Forest Road 1S13
      Cross intermittent stream
      Benchmark 7468

    Literature Cited:
    - Brokaw, Joshua M., and Larry Hufford, 2011.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  Coll. No. 832, 18 Jun 2012;
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 832, Mentzelia congesta  

    At turnout about 0.9 miles southeast of Mono Mills. There is a road to the south here, but it is not an Inyo Forest designated route. This is also the approximate location of the type locality of Mentzelia monoensis J. M. Brokaw & L. Hufford.
      Junction: Forest Road 01S22, to the northeast.
      Junction: Forest Road 01S14, to the south.
      Complex Junction: Forest Road 01S21G and 01S27J, on north side of road.
      Junction: Forest Road 01S21, to the north.
      Benchmark 7913

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S06:   at CA Hwy 120;
    Full Size ImageIntersection of CA Highway 120 and "120 Cutoff Road," F. R. 1S06.  

    Junction: "120 Cutoff," Forest Road 1S06

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  23 Sep 2006;  Coll. No. 598, 17 Jun 2010.;  Coll. No. 599, 17 June 2010.;
    Full Size ImageBig Sand Flat, from the southwest.
    Full Size ImageDiplacus nanus, Collection No. 599  

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    Habitat of Diplacus nanus near Big Sand Flat.
    View of Big Sand Flat from the southwest corner.

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S17:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: "Taylor Canyon Road," Forest Road 1S17

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  25 June 2007 at Big Sand Flat;
    Full Size ImageCollection location on the edge of Big Sand Flat  

     

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S19:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Forest Road 1S19 “M&R Tank Road”

    This small road crosses Big Sand Flat to the northwest, and then climbs the slope above flat.

     

     

    Other articles:
    • Notes:  Lupinus duranii Eastw.;

    Locations: Big Sand Flat.  

    Big Sand Flat

     

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   7 July 2009 at Big Sand Flat;  22 Jun 2015;
    • Mono Lake Basin Flora:   near Sagehen Summit;
    Full Size ImageWildflowers at Big Sand Flat.
    Full Size ImageMono Lake Lupine (Lupinus duranii) in Big Sand Flat  

    In July 2009, the Skunky Monkey Flower and Mono Lake Lupine were putting a good show.

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S04:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: "Pilot Springs Road," Forest Road 1S04

    Other articles:
    • F. R. 01S04A:   at CA 120;  

    Junction: Forest Road 01S04A, park here for the spring at Dry Creek where it enters Big Sand Flat.

    Other articles:
    • F. R. 01S04A:  10300;
    • Field Notes:   4 Oct 2013;

    Locations: Dry Creek.
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 951, Salix at right.  

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    Spring (dry) at the mouth of Dry Creek in Big Sand Flat.
    Mouth of Dry Creek in Big Sand Flat

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 01S27K:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Forest Road 01S27K, northeast from California Highway 120 into the northeastern-most portion of Big Sand Flat.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  23 Sep 2006;
    Full Size ImageBig Sand Flat, looking into the Mono Basin from near Sagehen Summit.  

    View of Big Sand Flat from the northeast, near Sagehen Summit.

    Locations: Mono Basin.  

    Mono Lake basin above, to the northwest

     

     

    Other articles:
    • Mono Lake Basin Flora:  near Cowtrack Mtn;

    Locations: Sagehen Summit.  

    Sagehen Summit

    Elevation: 8139 ft.
     
    Owens River basin below.

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1N02:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: "Sagehen Meadows Road" or "Dexter Canyon Road," Forest Road 1N02

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S191:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Forest Road 1S191, south toward Sagehen Meadow.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  25 June 2007 near Gaspipe Spr;
    Full Size ImageGaspipe Spring  

     

     

    Locations: Gaspipe Spring.  

    Gaspipe Spring

    Gaspipe Spring on the south side of the highway.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  25 June 2007 near Gaspipe Spr;
    Full Size ImageGaspipe Spring  

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   east of Gaspipe Spr;
    Full Size ImageView of Cowtrack Mountain Road from CA Hwy 120  

    View of Cowtrack Mountain Road.

    Other articles:
    • Cowtrack Mountain Road:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Cowtrack Mountain Road

    Other articles:
    • McPherson Grade:   at CA 120;  

    Junction: Forest Road 01S172, McPherson Grade

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   12-Jun-08 near Granite Mtn, CA;
    Full Size ImageSagehen Peak, California, from California Highway 120.  

    Sagehen Peak southwest of Granite Mountain.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   12-Jun-08 near Granite Mtn, CA;

    Locations: Glass Mountain.
    Full Size ImageGlass Mountain from California Highway 120 near Granite Mountain  

    Glass Mountain, south of Granite Mountain.

    Locations: Granite Mountain.  

    Granite Mountain to the north of the highway.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  near Dobie Mdws Rd;
    Full Size ImageCalifornia Highway 120 begins climbing out of Adobe Valley.  

    Other articles:
    • Dobie Meadows Road:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Dobie Meadows Road, generally north through Adobe Valley, over the Adobe Hills Spillway, then across Mono Valley to California Highway 167.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  near Dobie Mdws Rd;
    Full Size ImageCalifornia Highway 120 southeast towards the White Mountains.  

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   12-Jun-08;
    Full Size ImageGlass Mountain from Adobe Valley, California.  

    View of Glass Mountain along California Highway 120 near Adobe Creek.
      Adobe Creek

    Other articles:
    • Forest Road 1S17:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Forest Road 1S17 “Adobe Ranch Road” or “Taylor Canyon Road”

    Locations: Adobe Valley.  

    Highway passes through Adobe Valley.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  22 Jun 2015;
    Full Size ImageCowtrack Mountain with the top burned off by the Indian Fire of 2013.  

    Junction: Forest Road 01S16 “McGee Canyon Road”

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   12-Jun-08;

    Locations: Black Lake.
    Full Size ImageBlack Lake alongside California Highway 120  

    Black Lake to east of highway.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  20080612100;
    Full Size ImageWater gap in lower Adobe Valley  

    Water gap into Queen Valley from Adobe Valley.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   Coll. No. 614, 27 Jun 2010.;
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 614, Astragalus casei  

    Junction: 4WD road northwest, near the Dutch control point.

    Other articles:
    • Benton Crossing Road:   at CA Hwy 120;  

    Junction: Benton Crossing Road

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  17-Jul-05;
    Full Size ImageLooking toward Montgomery Pass through Benton Valley.  

    There is a nice view of Benton Valley and the White Mountains, just as the highway passes through the Benton Range.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:  17-Jul-05;
    Full Size ImageBenton Hot Springs.  

    View of Benton Hot Springs from California Highway 120.

     

     

    Literature Cited:
    - Staff Reports, 2018.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   27 Jun 2010;

    Locations: Benton Hot Springs.  

    Benton Hot Springs

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    Stage station in Benton Hot Springs
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    Bed and breakfast at Benton Hot Springs
    The owner of Benton Hot Springs is working with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Eastern Sierra Land Trust to reintroduce the Owens speckled dace to Benton Ponds. The ponds are protected by a conservation easement.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   26 Jun 2010;

    Locations: Blind Springs Valley.
    Full Size ImageLooking south in the meadow near Benton Hot Springs  

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    Inyo Star-Tulip (Calochortus excavatus)
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    Inyo Star-Tulip (Calochortus excavatus)
    Meadow near Benton Hot Springs. This is in the lower portion of Blind Spring Valley. There does not seem to be a "Blind Spring" anywhere near Blind Spring Valley.

    Other articles:
    • Field Notes:   26 June 2010;
    Full Size ImageView of the Benton Hot Springs Ranch meadow.  

    View southwest into Blind Spring Valley and the meadow of Benton Hot Springs Ranch. The Eastern Sierra Land Trust has a conservation easement on this meadow so that it cannot be developed.

     

     

    Literature Cited:
    - Billeb, Emil B., 1968.

    Other articles:
    • Ericameria nauseosa var. graveolens:  Hall&Goodspeed, 1919;
    • U. S. Highway 6:   in Benton;

    Locations: Benton.  

    Benton

    Junction: US Highway 6

     

     

       

    Literature Cited

      A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
      Anderson, R. Scott. 1990. Holocene forest development and paleoclimates within the central Sierra Nevada, California. Journal of Ecology. 78: 470-489.
      Billeb, Emil B. 1968. Mining Camp Days. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books, 1968. {TAS}
      Brokaw, Joshua M., and Larry Hufford. 2011. A new species of Mentzelia (Loasaceae) from Mono County, California. Madroño. 58(1):57-63. {TAS-pdf}
      State of California. 1917. The Statutes of California, passed at the Extra Session of the Forty-First Legislature. Began on Wednesday, January Fifth, and ended on Tuesday, January Eveventh, Noneteen Hundred and Sixteen.. 1917.
      Chesterman, Charles W. 1968. Volcanic Geology of the Bodie Hills, Mono County. pp. 45-68 in Coats, Robert R., Richard L. Hay, and Charles A. Anderson. Studies in Volcanology: A Memoir in Honor of Howel Williams. Memoir 116. Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America, 1968. {TAS}
      Clements, Craig B. 1999. Mountain and Valley Winds of Lee Vining Canyon, Sierra Nevada, California, U.S.A. Arti, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 31(3):293-302. {TAS-pdf} Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1552260
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