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Hi guys,

Since it's so cold this weekend, I thought I'd try finding a nice snowy hike to go on with my lady.

Could you recommend what would be nice in these conditions?

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What kind of gear do you and your's have?  

All kinds of places that have at least some white stuff.  The closest to LA would be Mt Baldy (Mt San Antonio) with access from Baldy Village - from East I-210.

You could take the ski lift up to Baldy Notch and then hike up from there either direction.  

The other is from Manker Flats to San Antonio Falls on the road travel about 400 yards or so from where the road switches back, continure up the road and there will be a trail leaving smartly uphill on your left.  I don't know if they have gotten around to putting a sign up yet .  Nice trip up to Baldy Bowl and a convenient mountaineering recreation area.  You are looking for the Sierra Club Ski Hut (it is green and visible waay up high shortly after you get on the trail.  If you have the resources you can follow the route that will take you up to the ridge on the other side of the creek you have been following. Follow the ridge until you start going down hill and that is the top of Baldy.  Best on a sunny summer day tho.

Near the Town is Ice House Canyon.  I'd guess that has snow too.  The upper part by the Saddle might be a bit icy.  Nice trip in the summer as well.

Another popular trip into the snow is the Tram from near Palm Springs off to the right  on I-10.  It goes up near the top of Mt San Jacinto.  From the tram (restaurant, etc) there are nice walks into the valley.  Check with the ranger and call ahead on how much snow if you have a limit.

San Gorgonio trail from Barton Flats Ranger station (or just in the area).  Should be lots of snow to play in up there this weekend.

Best to have gaiters to keep snow from getting into your boots.


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Hey, thanks Speacock.

Good though on the gaiters - we'll go pick some up. Mt. Baldy sounds perfect.

In terms of gear, I'm pretty much set minus the gaiters (breaking in a new pair of Solomon Quest boots), but she's a little light on any serious outdoors gear. We're hoping for some light hiking (2-5 miles) and hopefully a place to go sledding and have a little snow fun.

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Sledding?  Buckhorn area up well behind Wilson.  Should be some snow.  It was the place - near it on the road - we always took inner tubes and kids to. It still amazes me we still have complete spines.  There were remnants of an old rope tow from the 50's.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.34567,-117.91811&z=14&t=T

Stay dry.  The cold is over.. Southern Calif starting to pop out again.

The Baldy 'Hut Trail' is on the cross hair in the center of this map.  

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.27250,-117.63104&z=15&t=T

It  parallels just east of the creek that forms the falls.

Great hamburgers and big fireplace at Baldy Restaurant.

More routine winter fun up north of Gorgonio in/near the towns.


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Forest Falls or the Barton Flats area are nice for hiking/snow play - but they are also popular!  Bring your chains for your vehicle.

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