Winter Photography Hike – Bear Canyon Trail

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BEAR CANYON TRAIL

For weeks I had been looking forward to snowshoeing and taking winter photos, so when I started hiking Bear Canyon Trail, I was quite thrilled. My goal was to capture the winter beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, on my way up to or down from the snow-clad Mt. Baldy. It was 2 days after the second rain this winter here in SoCal, and the amount of snow in the mountains turned out to be beyond what I was expecting. The steepest trail to the peak, my favorite trail, became quite challenging for me (and it turned out though it wasn’t just me) once I reached the end of the switchbacks where the snow was 2-3 feet deep. Besides the left lower calf injury that I was taking it easy on, I was carrying too much weight to hike in snow at my usual pace – all my camera gear, including my MeFoto tripod. All the hikers I saw that day turned around at the ridge line, leaving the rest of the snow covered trail untouched. The sun set at around 4:50 pm, and I stuck around high enough to catch the gorgeous sunset. Of course, it meant a long trudge way down back to my car in the dark. However, I was quite pleased with the shots that I took throughout the snowshoeing. 

Mt. Baldy, San Gabriel Mountains, CA

  • GoPro HERO4 Silver
  • Taken 12/26/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji

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