December 29, 2019 San Jacinto Grind Current Conditions

San Jacinto Grind

A truism of Southern California is you don’t get good SoCal skiing unless you risk getting bad SoCal skiing (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 3 Comments
February 6, 2019 Southern California Dreaming (Reprise) Skiing

Southern California Dreaming (Reprise)

Motivated by forecasts of ultra-low snow levels and dreams of cold-smoke glory, Trevor and I returned yesterday to the San Jacinto Wilderness (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 14 Comments
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...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 5 Comments
February 19, 2017 Lost in the San Jacintos Video

Lost in the San Jacintos

Ah, that incomparable feeling when you’re deep in the wild and you suddenly realize you have no idea where you are. This happens to me a lot in the San Jacintos (more...)...

Posted in Video | 2 Comments
January 25, 2017 Damn Frickin Video

Damn Frickin’ Lucky To Be Here Day

More than 20 million Southern Californians work and play within an 80 mile radius, and yet I was literally all alone yesterday exploring (more...)...

Posted in Video | 7 Comments
March 3, 2014 San Jacinto Sunday Current Conditions

San Jacinto Sunday

As I wrote awhile back, you can use the SoCal ski resort webpages to get a pretty good idea as to what’s happening in the higher backcountry elevations. Two of those key indicators are (1) is Mt. Baldy Ski Area open? and (2) is it raining at the top of the Palm Springs Tram? The (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 4 Comments
February 22, 2013 San J Okay Video

San J Okay

I can’t figure these storms out. After a forecast initially calling for as much as 43″ of snow, Tuesday’s storm left a much smaller but still respectable 18″ or so in the higher elevations of San Jacinto State Park, where Brent and I went exploring on Wednesday. Despite the combination of abundant new snow plus (more...)...

Posted in Video | 3 Comments
March 27, 2012 San Jacinto Update Current Conditions

San Jacinto Update

Well, I guess one March Miracle is about all you can ask. This last front seemed to come in heavy here in the Basin, but it just didn’t hit the mountains with nearly the same punch as last week’s storm. I did a short tour yesterday in the San Jacintos hoping for another day of (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 1 Comment
March 18, 2011 Winter Returns (Again) Current Conditions

Winter Returns (Again)

Our off-again, on-again winter returns this weekend, with a huge forecast that should turn our thoughts back to snow. Sunday night appears to offer the most potential for snowfall, with huge storm totals being predicted from the Eastern Sierra to SoCal… UPDATE (3/20): With apocalyptic rain blasting the L.A. Basin, Mt. Baldy sounded like a (more...)...

Posted in Current Conditions | 1 Comment
January 1, 2011 Cornell Peak? Skiing

Cornell Peak?

Back to San Jacinto I went for the last skiing day of 2010, this time with the man formerly known as the man formerly known as Bullet (ie, once again Bullet. Or Bill. Just don’t make him angry…) Our plan was to climb up Cornell Peak and ski whatever might be skiable. As usual, however, (more...)...

Posted in Skiing | 1 Comment

→ Read More SierraDescents

Hiking Favorites

Skiing

Gear Reviews

Explore

Blogroll

About SierraDescents

When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

Pray for snow.