Eastern Mojave Vegetation Lobo Point Road  
 

Tom Schweich  

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 I doubt this little road has a name, or any other kind of official designation. However, as I use it to access a small point of rocks known as Lobo Point, I'll call it the "Lobo Point Road."

Other articles: Gold Valley Mine Road at Lobo Point Road  

Junction: Gold Valley Mine Road, turn right to Black Canyon Road and exit the area, turn left to Gold Valley Mine.

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageLooking toward Lobo Point.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageJuniper along Lobo Point Road.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageVerbena growing again after fire.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageGeneral view north from near Lobo Point to the Little Thorn Mountains.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageYucca baccata resprouting from the roots.  

One of the many Blue Yucca (Yucca baccata Torrey) that were resprouting from the roots.

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageLooking toward Lobo Point.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageDesert Almond (Prunus fasciculata (Torrey) A. Gray) resprounting after the Hackberry Complex Fire.  

A Desert Almond (Prunus fasciculata (Torrey) A. Gray) resprouting from its roots after the Hackberry Complex Fire.
  One leg of the "Y," turn southwest to enter the little valley near Lobo Point, continue west to continue towards Wild Horse Canyon.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 84 28 Apr 1997 28 Apr 1997 28 Apr 1997
Full Size ImageMohave Sage (Salvia mohavensis) near Lobo Point
Full Size ImageMohave Sage (Salvia mohavensis) near Lobo Point  

Just west of the road is a faulted rhyolite outcrop that forms a small canyon.
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Coll. No. 84, Euphorbia schizoloba
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Collection No. 86, Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
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Collection No. 87, Salvia mohavensis
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Collection No. 87, Salvia mohavensis
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Collection No. 88, Ephedra nevadensis
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Collection No. 88, Ephedra nevadensis

Other articles: Field Notes 200004270140
Full Size ImageMale Ephedra nevadensis in bloom near Lobo Point.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 at Lobo Point
Full Size ImageLooking northeast toward Little Thorn Mountains from Lobo Point  

Looking northeast from the slopes of Lobo Point toward Gold Valley Mine, one could see numerous Junipers and a few Pinyons that did not burn, especially in the low places along washes.

In the middle ground, there are two Junipers that did not burn. These two Junipers were in a "parking lot" used when Merritt College camped here. Consequently, there were no shrubs around the Junipers to sustain the fire.

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 at Lobo Point
Full Size ImageJuniper singed in the lower branches.  

In the valley of Lobo Point, there is an informal campground. This is the location that Merritt College camped for many years. There is an old, scarred Juniper here. It's been shot, sawed, axed, and had every other manner insult. My contribution has been to eat lunch here at least once in every trip to the eastern Mojave, and to sit in the shade while enjoying the view of Lobo Point. I also confess to saving up the saving up the melt water in the cooler, and draining it somewhere in the drip line of the Juniper.

After all the other insults, the Juniper was only singed on the lower branches by the Hackberry Complex fire, and it looks as though the tree may survive yet another insult.

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 at Lobo Point

Locations: Lobo Point.
Full Size ImageMost of the Pinyons and Junipers burned in the Valley of Lobo Point.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point 1 Jun 2010 28 May 2012

Locations: Lobo Point.
Full Size ImageView of Lobo Point, 1 June 2010  

View of Lobo Point.

One my favorite places for lunch is to sit in the informal campgound in the Valley of Lobo Point, and admire this view.

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Lobo Point, May 2012
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Burned Pinyons and Junipers in this common view of Lobo Point.

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 near Lobo Point

Locations: Lobo Point.
Full Size ImagePanorama showing burned and unburned areas in the Valley of Lobo Point.  

 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 116 Coll. No. 117, 29 Apr 1997 Coll. No. 118 Coll. No. 122 29 Apr 1997 29 Apr 1997 Coll. No. 141, 3 Oct 1997 Coll No. 142 Coll. No. 143 Coll. No. 144 Coll. No. 145 Coll No. 146 Coll. No. 148 Coll. No. 157 Coll. No. 158 Coll. No. 160 Coll. No. 162 Coll. No. 164 Coll. No. 175 Coll. No. 177 Coll. No. 179 Coll. No. 225, 27 Apr 2000 Coll. No. 246 Coll. No. 276, 24 Apr 2001 Coll. No. 277 Coll. No. 278 Coll. No. 281 1 Jun 2010 28 May 2012

Locations: Lobo Point.
Full Size ImageGolden Linanthus (Leptosiphon aureus ssp. aureus) at Lobo Point.  

No Camping.
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Krameria erecta near Lobo Point.
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Close-up of Krameria erecta flower.
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Lunch stop at Lobo Point.
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Lunch stop at Lobo Point, May 2012
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Lunch time view of Lobo Point, May 2012
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Coll. No. 116, Eriophyllum pringlei
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Coll. No. 116, Eriophyllum pringlei
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Coll. No. 117, Eriastrum sparsiflorum
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Coll. No. 117, Eriastrum sparsiflorum
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Coll. No. 118, Eriophyllum wallacei
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Coll. No. 118, Eriophyllum wallacei
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Coll. No. 122, Chaenactis glabriuscula
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Coll. No. 123
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Coll. No. 124, Pectocarya setosa
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Coll. No. 124, Pectocarya setosa
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Coll. No. 124, Pectocarya setosa
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Coll. No. 141, Amaranthus torreyi
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Collection No. 142, Mirabilis multiflora ssp. pubescens
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Coll. No. 143, Gutierrezia microcephala
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Coll. No. 144, Gutierrezia sarothrae
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Coll. No. 145, Sanvitalia abertii
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Collection No. 146, Fallugia paradoxa
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Collection No. 148 (Brickellia californica)
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Coll. No. 157, Gutierrezia microcephala
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Collection No. 160, Eriogonum fasciculatum ssp. polifolium
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Collection No. 162, Oenothera californica ssp. avita
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Collection No. 164, Verbena gooddingii, southwestern mock vervain.
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Coll. No. 175, Packera multilobata
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Collection No. 179, Symphoricarpos longiflorus, fragrant snowberry.
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Coll. No. 225, Acmispon rigidus
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Coll. no. 246, Bahiopsis parishii
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Coll. No. 276, Leptosiphon aureus var. aureus
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Coll. No. 277, Plagiobothrys arizonicus
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Partially dissected head of Coll. No. 278, Eriophyllum wallacei
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Coll. No. 281, Plantago patagonica

Full Size ImageMerritt College Desert Studies group picture at Lobo Point.  
Valley of Lobo Point
  One leg of the "Y," continue west to Wild Horse Canyon, south to the Valley of Lobo Point, or east to Gold Valley Mine Road and Black Canyon Road.

Other articles: Field Notes 15-Oct-05 north of Lobo Point 28 May 2012
Full Size ImageLobo Point road, seven years after the Hackberry Complex Fire.
Full Size ImageThe road to Lobo Point from Wild Horse Canyon.  

Wild Horse Canyon Road can just be seen at the extreme left in two little gray patches from the gravel the Park Service has spread on the road. The little dirt road coming diagonally across the photo is the road to Lobo Point. My plot in Salvia dorri was in the general vicinity of my 4Runner that is parked in the middle ground.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 313, 26 May 2003 15-Oct-05 north of Lobo Point 28 May 2012 28 May 2012
Full Size ImageLast view before removing stakes.
Full Size ImageLast view before removing stakes.  

My (Former) Plot in Salvia dorrii.
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Last view before removing stakes.
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View of the rim from which I take "aerial" photos.
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Location of my former plot in Salvia dorrii
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Before and after photo.
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Coll. No. 347, Cryptantha circumcissa

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 176 15-Oct-05 in Wild Horse Canyon Salvia dorrii 500100
Full Size ImageInsect galls(?) on Salvia dorrii leaves.
Full Size ImageWest end of road to Lobo Point.

Species Lists: Salvia dorrii  

 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 90, 28 Apr 1997
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Desert Wooly Star (Eriastrum eremicum) beside Lobo Point Road.

Other articles: Field Notes 28 May 2012
Full Size ImageA couple of skinny cows.  

Skinny cows on the bajada.

Other articles: Winkler's Cabin Road at Wild Horse Cyn Rd and Lobo Pt Rd. Wild Horse Canyon Road at Lobo Point Rd and Winkler's Cabin Rd  

Junction:
  • Wild Horse Canyon Road.
  • Winkler's Cabin Road
 

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