San Bernardino Mountains – Mount Baldy – PART 1 (more places to go and see)
Length: 12 miles (turned back halfway)
Trail: Manker Flats Loop
Conditions: Normally a well-maintained trail but … not much if you can do in a snowstorm. If you want to do this, better bring heavy-duty crampons and trekking poles. I couldn’t see past three or four feet at times thanks to the snow and rain.
History: Also known as Mt. San Antonio, or “Yoát” by the Tongva culture that inhabited it. Around the 1700s, the original population was forced by Spanish colonizers to build missions around San Gabriel and San Fernando areas and you can imagine, their numbers dwindled from the conditions.
Notes: I went earlier this year knowing there was going to be a snowstorm, heheh. A friend of mines loaned me all the equipment except cramp-ons. Around halfway, I had to turn back because it was so intense. On the way down, the snow and weather calmed down and thousands of droplets came melting off the pines as the sun lit the sky. Clouds dissipated into sheets that partly cloaked hills and mountains … It was like something out of a dream, but unfortunately, my camera had run out of batteries.