3/25/21 A quick trip up Ski Hut in the snow, trying to get up and down before a storm rolled-in. The forecast said wind advisory with 45-50mph winds on the summit and temperatures dropping to 5deg F. And the forecast was correct!
1 Heading up the Ski Hut trail. It's already only 32deg at the trailhead, and water running down the trail below the hut is frozen into icicles.
2 A little different view from the Ski Hut today. The snow is only patchy here, but the storm is rolling in, and visibility is getting low.
3 The snow starts to get thicker heading across the bowl.
4 Up above the bowl now, and it's solid snow at least a foot or two deep.
5 Approaching the last climb to the top. The wind is starting to pickup and it's getting COLD!
6 Made it. The wind is howling and it's close to as cold as I've ever been. I only have light layers on, and the Kestrel meter is reading wind gusts of 45-50mph with temps below 10 degrees F with wind chill. The reading got as low as 3 degrees, but my hands were too frozen at that point to take a picture.
7 West Baldy. Not too much snow left on the exposed summit.
8 View out towards the ocean.
9 Heading down now. The one other person that was with me on the summit is heading down as well. And her Husky hiked alongside me for a while.
10 There's a light snow starting to fall, and the trees are covered in ice.
11 Down out of the snow, but the low visibility makes the forest a little eery. End to a very cold, but fun day.