January 3, 2011

9500 to 1500

Was it really only two weeks ago that I was climbing in heavy rain on the ski hut trail? Snow levels have dropped from an awful 9500' to near-record 1500' in Southern California, putting snow where you don't often see it, and causing travel havoc, including closing the 5 and 15 freeways.

It's enough to make you think that SoCal weather is dynamic after all. In case you're wondering, Mt. Hollywood above Griffith Park Observatory is 1602', Sandstone Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains is 3111', and the highest point in the Verdugo Mountains above Burbank is 3125'. So grab the skis (or at least a camera) and get out there. :)

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

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