Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp Professional Review and Guide
"This is the easy way to reach the woodsy haunt of lower Holcomb Creek. You drop
right down from Crab Flats to intersect the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) west of Holcomb Crossing Trail Camp. The trip is a living demonstration of how the forest changes with moisture and heat. Most of the way down from Crab Flats you are in what botanists call
Transition zone—Jeffrey pines, California black and canyon live oak, a scattering of Coulter and sugar pine and incense-cedar—trees that require a moderate amount of moisture and coolness.
Directly across the canyon is Upper Sonoran vegetation, including pinyon pine and juniper trees that grow in warm, semi-arid conditions found on such south-facing slopes. And along Holcomb Creek are the lush trees of streamside woodland—white alder, willow, and cottonwood—growing amid a verdant tangle of ferns, grasses, and flowering herbs. This area is popular with hunters in the fall, so wear something bright."