Approximately two-thirds of the area is a yellow pine forest, with ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, the dominant. Much of the remainder is in gray pine, Pinus sabiniana, with a chaparral understory. The uncommon Arctostaphylos nissenana occurs here.
Though most of the soils are derived from Paleozoic marine sedimentaries, some are derived from basic and ultrabasic rocks associated with a fault zone that passes through the area. This zone is marked by a 100-meter (300-foot) band of gray pine which cuts through the ponderosa forest.
Integrity: There is a jeep road to the mine at the Point, but the vegetation is virtually undisturbed.
Use: Research, educational, observational, present.
Inventory of California Natural Areas
Revision © 2008 Steven Louis Hartman