May 17, 2020 Gorgonio Current Conditions

Gorgonio

Yes, there is snow on Gorgonio’s north face—but if you want it you’ll have to work for it (more...)...

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May 8, 2019 San Gorgonio Reprise Video

San Gorgonio Reprise

After a nine year hiatus, Al and I returned last Sunday to the San Bernardino Mountains’ South Fork drainage, where we found snow, avalanche (more...)...

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February 11, 2018 Gorgonio & San Jacinto Current Conditions

Gorgonio & San Jacinto

Here’s an aerial view of the north aspects of the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Jacintos, taken yesterday Feb 11, 2018. Gorgonio, at least, has more snow than I was expecting. Weather this coming week, amazingly enough, looks unsettled, so maybe that endless blocking high is doing…something. This Southern California (non) winter has made (more...)...

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February 2, 2015 San G Siren Song of the Day Current Conditions

San G Siren Song of the Day

Yes, there it is, the continuing siren of San Gorgonio Mountain’s north face, as seen yesterday from the View Haus at Snow Summit. Sorry the photo quality is so poor: one of our cost-cutting measures over the summer was to sell the Nikon (more...)...

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March 10, 2014 Gorgonio Is In Current Conditions

Gorgonio Is In

Where did all the snow go from last weekend’s massive wet system? San Gorgonio, apparently. If I’d seen this look at the north face a few days ago, I’d have tried to ski it. Instead I took the kids to Snow Summit, and picked up a pass for the rest of this and next season (more...)...

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June 26, 2013 The South Fork Loop Hiking

The South Fork Loop

“Don’t tell me how far it is,” I say. I don’t want to know. We’re at the Mill Creek Ranger Station, waiting for it to open so we can get hiking permits. You need permits to enter the San Gorgonio Wilderness, even for day hikes, and in Summer there’s a trail quota to deal with (more...)...

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June 16, 2013 San Gorgonio Panorama Video

San Gorgonio Panorama

At just over (or maybe under) 11,500 feet, San Gorgonio Mountain is Southern California’s high point, considerably eclipsing rivals San Jacinto Peak and Mount San Antonio. This might just be the most inspiring summit view in SoCal, but you’ll have to work for it. The shortest approach, via the Vivian Creek trail, is about 8 (more...)...

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March 12, 2012 The San G Report Current Conditions

The San G Report

Good news here is that I finally blew the dust off my Dynafits. Bad news is conditions weren’t very amenable to skiing. Trevor and I hiked up the San Bernardino Wilderness’ South Fork Trail to look for snow, and—surprise!—we found it. There was quite a bit more snow than I was expecting, in fact, with (more...)...

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November 17, 2010 The South Fork Slide, Revisited Skiing

The South Fork Slide, Revisited

Sometime during the ’09-10 winter, a large avalanche took place on Alto-Diablo Peak’s northeast aspect, wiping out a portion of the South Fork Trail. When my partner Al and I saw the remains of the slide that April, toward the end of the season, it was obvious it had happened months earlier. But that doesn’t (more...)...

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May 2, 2010 San Gorgonio Mountain Video

San Gorgonio Mountain

I’m going to have to make the drive out to the San Bernardino Mountains more often! Al and I skied San Gorgonio Mountain yesterday, and aside from a little wind up top, we were treated to a positively gorgeous day of Southern California backcountry skiing. In terms of snow quality, this was probably one of (more...)...

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