Eric and I have snowshoeing on our minds, rain in San Diego means snow in the mountains so that is exactly where we went.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is ideal for getting to the heart of the San Jacinto Wilderness.
The ride is just 10 minutes long, and the floor revolves so you don't miss any views on the way up as the tram covers 2.5 miles and gains 5,873 feet of elevation. The earth itself has revolved 18 since I was last on the tramway, two years before the revolving floor tram cars were installed.
We stopped at the Long Valley Ranger Station for a free permit and then set off for the 5 mile Round Valley Loop.
It was unbelievable how much snow there was! They just got 18 more inches and fresh, fluffy, blue snow.
I would say that it wouldn't be possible to hike this area without snowshoes, but since we saw people on the trail in Vans and sweatpants I will just say that it wouldn't be practical.
We can't wait to go back, in the snow. We have our sights set on San Jacinto Peak, 11 miles round trip. I am hoping for some snow camping.