Saturday, March 05, 2022

Winter Wonderland Hike

We originally had overnight camping trip planned but due to bad weather coming in, we decided on a day hike.  Knowing the weather was poor, it was a good chance to get some experience in rain or snow which can be hard to do in San Diego.  Jyoti picked out Hot Springs Mt which is located on the Los Coyotes reservation.  It is the highest peak in San Diego County but is not really well known since it was closed to the public for many years.

Driving up, we got a bit of rain but nothing too bad.  Stopping at the reservation security gate, the guard was surprised that anyone wanted to hike today.  After paying the fee, we headed up to the campground and the trailhead.  The trail started up the road pretty steeply.  We say patches of snow but when we hit 6000 feet, the trail was completely covered.  There was about 5-6 inches of snow and we had to break trail in some patches.  It started snowing as well.  About 1.5 miles from the summit, we took a break and decided to head back.  The wind and snow picked up for most the of way down.

Snow on Hot Springs Mt trail

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