Some hardy souls were able to sneak in a tramshoe yesterday (Saturday). We had a brief window between the Friday system and the current system pounding lower elevations with flooding rain and higher elevations with snow.
Thanks to all of the new snow, our track from last Saturday was obliterated. It was cold and windy, which we expected based the NWS and tram forecast. After obtaining permits, we headed out. Some folks broke the main trail into Round Valley, others headed up the left side of the Sid Davis drainage to Tamarack Valley (my group).
In addition to the wonderful snow, I had the incredible honor of snowshoeing with Dana Potts. Dana Potts, Rob May and the RMRU team heroes rescued me from the summit hut on the Monday after Superbowl weekend in February 2008. I love these folks.
The snow was much deeper yesterday than a week ago -- check out the loo in Tamarack.
Took the traditional winter route from Tamarack to the Miller Saddle.
Once at the Miller Saddle, we headed up the winter route to the peak. A wonderful couple from Oregon joined us and helped Kalen, Lorette and Kevin break trail. My primary role was navigator.
Thanks to the artic wind and snow facials, we didn't linger at the peak and headed down to the hut for lunch. Several folks (including me) goofed around on the top of the hut before goin inside for lunch. Thanks to Kevin for shoveling the snow out of the hut. On the way down the ridge, the wind was howling and blowing snow -- it was a relief to reach the Miller Saddle.
After enjoying Angel's Demise at the tram, we went to John's for dinner. Another Supernatural Day on San Jacinto. Thanks to all of the new snow, we'll be able to plow new again soon.
Miles of smiles,