Saturday began with an early wakeup, we were going to Big Bear mountain area to run Gold Mountain and possibly Holcomb and John Bull.
Driving north from San Diego can sometimes be boring but we were greeted with the wonderful tempurature of 24 degrees while gasing up. Aparrently the desert is colder than the mountains because by 10 am we were greeted with tempuratures in the 40's in the shade to the 60's in the sun. We drove up the 15 north to the 215 east Then a blur of 30/330 all the while following the Big Bear signs. Heading up the actual mountain we were greeted with a banner mattress truck going 15 MPH all the way up... and NOBODY would pass him and he would not use the turn outs. At running springs we met Dale and Robby and Merker. After waiting a bit others started to show and soon we were off for the trailhead.
Driving at Big bear was fun, we got to view them making snow early and my daughter who had never actuallly been in the snow got her frist hand experience "Seeing snow". The drive continued on down to Big Bear lake which was partially iced over. Once we arrived at the trailhead everyone started to prep. We had 7 rigs... a bunch of people and a dog.
Golden Mountain. This mild trail has a few moments but mostly a level 1.5 trail Views of Big Bear mountian and the ski resorts abound. Climbing the mountain is mostly a gently slope with some steeper sections but no lockers required. Over the top of Gold Mountain starts a decent in a wooded and shady area. SNOW everywhere. Up until this point we had seen only patches of snow. You could see my daughter wanting to get out but we had to keep up or get left behind.
After getting off of Golden Mountain we were led by our fearless tour guides... um I mean Trail boss, on a exedition of great distance. We wound through wooded areas, plains, and rocky peaks. We decended loose bolder washes and climbed rocky terrain.
At the end of the day with the light waning. My daughter finally spotted the snow drifts and we pulled over...
I WON the snowball fight, don't let anyone tell you different.
I would like to thank the DirtDevils who invited me along. Thier site is WWW.Dirtdevils.org
Hope to see everyone on the trail soon.
We spent the entire day driving all the trails and as luck would have it... My batteries in the camera gave out. So what pictures I do have, are listed at jpjeeper.dotphoto.com