Southern California Snowshoe Destinations

Posted by Adventure 16 | 10.03.2016

SNOWSHOEING is an inexpensive, low-impact, aerobic exercise that can burn from 472 - 745 calories an hour! Plus, it's an easy-to-learn and fun way to stay fit. Need ideas on where to go? We've compiled a list that will get you pointed in the right direction. Check back often as we'll update it as we get new information. Got a recommendation or update? Let us know at info@adventure16.com  Happy Trails! 

MSR Snow Shoes

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The San Bernardino Mountains
Rim Nordic near Running Springs, across the street from Snow Valley Mtn. Resort on the way to Big Bear Lake 
· Big Bear along Hwys 330 & 18, near Running Springs, before Big Bear Lake
· There are well-marked trails on the north side of Highway 38 that are great for snowshoeing. 
· The Big Bear Discovery Center can also suggest the best places to snowshoe.
· Arrowhead near Green Valley and east to Fawnskin. Blue diamonds mark routes which are part of the Forest Service road system closed to vehicles during the winter season. 
· San Gorgonio--There are many opportunities in this area.
   One popular area is off of Jenks Lake Road at the South Fork Trailhead. Currently closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information
  please call 909-382-2882

· Mount Baldy--Start on San Antonio Falls road located on the left side of Mount Baldy Road just below the ski area parking lot. From here you can go all the way to Mt. Baldy Lodge. ©Adventure 16

San Jacinto State Park
Take the Aerial Tramway from Palm Springs up to San Jacinto State Park. There are several trails ranging from an easy 1-1/2 mile Desert View Trail loop or a challenging trek up to the peak.

Palm Springs to San Jacinto Tram

When winter blankets the mountains, you can often find unplowed roads and pristine snowy trails in these areas:
· Near the end of the Angeles Crest Hwy near Jackson Lake
· Angeles Crest beyond the Mt. Wilson turnoff
· Mount Gleason Road opposite Pacifico Campground turnoff along the Angeles Forest Hwy.
· Chilao flats in the Angeles National Forest. There are plenty of fire roads in this area that are great snowshoeing spots. 

 Los Padres National Forest
· Mt. Pinos—There is a network of trails on Mt. Pinos starting from the Chula Vista parking lot, towards Condor Point, and downhill, reaching as far down as McGill Campground. Popular destinations include Condor Point, 1st and 2nd Meadows, and Inspiration Point. During and immediately after heavy snow storms, it may not be possible to immediately drive to the top of Mt. Pinos.  In this case it is still possible to snowshoe from the gate and explore the lower slopes. ©Adventure 16
 Person Snow shoeing

· Meadows off Interstate 8 to Hwy S-1 / Sunrise Hwy northbound 5 miles. Expect crowds. 
· Kitchen Creek Road off I-8 
· Mt. Laguna near Big Laguna Meadows, Big Laguna Lake and the Burnt Rancheria campground (campground will be closed, look for parking on the road) 
· The Pacific Crest Trail: Lots of opportunities for snowshoeing exist in the higher elevations of the PCT. Click on this link for some nice trail descriptions of various segments of the Trail. When on the site, do a search (Ctrl F on the keyboard) for “snowshoes.” You will instantly see the most likely segments of the trail in which snowshoes may be needed. 
· Palomar Mountain - East Grade Rd (S-7) from Hwy. 76 near Lake Henshaw
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"11 Picturesque Trails In Southern California That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking" --blog post

Snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, and other wilderness activities, are potentially dangerous and unpredictable. Adventure 16 assumes no liability for injuries associated with the use of information provided on this site. The trails, activities and areas described on this site are to be used for informational purposes only and should not be your sole source of guidance. Always thoroughly research any outdoor area you plan to visit using various resources - including contacting local ranger stations - to obtain the most up to date information for your destination. Contact your physician if you are unsure about your health or physical abilities.