Crunching Snow Atop Mount San Jacinto State Park in California
Want to play in the snow without worrying about traffic jams and hassling with snow chains? At this 14,000-acre wilderness bordering Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway whisks you upward from the desert valley to a pristine mountain meadow, high up at an 8,500-foot elevation. A short but steep walkway leads downhill into Mount San Jacinto's deep forest of large pine trees, ringed by nature trails which are easy to hike. Bring your snow toys and prepare to play with kid-like abandon. Be sure to arrive before the excited crowds come up, so you can hear the powder crunching under your boots, and the "whumph" of snow-clumps falling off tree limbs.
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