Hiking the Lagunas in Snow

This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I live in Southern California. Hiking in snow is just fucking crazy. So we did it anyway.

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Sure, there wasn’t much snow at the beginning, but it was cold…it actually snowed Tuesday/Wednesday, and this was Saturday, so not too bad. No chains needed to drive there even.

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It was bloody beautiful though…

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Didn’t expect it to be as hard to hike as it was though. We did part of the Sunset and Big Laguna Trails, a big loop around the Laguna lakes and meadows.

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Thing is, the easiest bit to hike was on the packed snow, but even that required balance…

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And the icy bits were hard to hike, as were the muddy bits, and the icy muddy bits with big pools of water underneath. Yeah those were fun.

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So I’m a little sore today…two days later.

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Totally worth it though. I’ve done this hike in the fall and it’s gorgeous then too…

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Not too much climbing, mostly flat…

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But we took 4 hours to do 7.2 miles, so you know it was harder than normal.

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I’d do it again though.

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One of the lakes, seemingly frozen over. When we came back, a lone duck was sitting in the middle of it, like, where’s my lake?

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There were snowmen scattered all over the trail…in fact, I’m not sure how we would have known where the trail was if someone hadn’t come through before us and stomped it all down.

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Because a lot of it looked like this…

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Yup. Ice.

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We came back by this lake later and took the Laguna Meadow trail…

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The sun was out and it got up to the high 40s, maybe low 50s at one point.

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Definitely shedding layers, fleece off, down to long sleeves and an undershirt…

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You can see what the trail looked like there…

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Poles would have been smart. I do have them. I just didn’t think I’d need them. You’d think I’d learn. Ha!

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Gorgeous day, beautiful trail…

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Great views…

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Two of ours making snow angels…like you do.

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This part of the trail was a little less broken in…

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But still doable.

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I didn’t get snow in my socks until that part…

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You can see the trail here is mud and ice…

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And the meadow stretches for miles…

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More mud and ice…

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We ate lunch with this view…

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These guys in the distance…

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More beauty.

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I guess living in a desert means this never gets old. OK, if I lived in Michigan, this might get old.

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But I don’t. I live here, in a drought, in the sun. It’s 80 degrees today…

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And this stuff is probably melting like crazy.

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Even there, you can see the sun has cleared those pine needles…

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It wasn’t an easy hike…I mean, I think it would have been easy without the trail conditions.

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More trails and the other lake…

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No wildlife, except that duck and some ravens…and all the humans out there…

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Definitely a great hike…went for the pretty and that’s what I got…plus a monster workout. This hike is out of Afoot and Afield. You park on Sunrise Highway at the 19-mile marker. There are two porta-potties, but they were full to the rim when we got there. Fun stuff! Plenty of parking, nice trail. I’ll do this again, both in the snow and not.

One Response to Hiking the Lagunas in Snow

  1. Victoria says:

    Beautiful photos.


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