The mountains are no longer bare of snow – it appears winter is on its way!

By Meggan Wenbourne

Still not a whole lot of snow, but it is a start!

Still not a whole lot of snow, but it is a start!

Well, it appears winter is in fact coming our way! On my most recent visit to the Sierra, I found nothing but beautiful snowcapped mountains and icy roads near and far. With more storms on the way, it would appear Mother Nature has decided to finally give up some of the precipitation the Golden State so desperately needs.

It was a weekend full of crisp, cold mornings and frost on the trees. The smell of wood stoves burning was so prominent and left an eerie haze through the meadows.

This time of year is my favorite though; I love fall. I love the turning of the trees and the cold mornings where you want to grab a hot cup of coffee and just enjoy seeing your breath in the air. There really isn’t anything else like it – it is a special time of year.

Upon arrival, we headed up into the hills for some wanderings and found nothing but gorgeous mountains tops in the distance and plenty of snow (in the shade at least) in which to play. We were ill equipped to go tromping through the snow; however, that wasn’t going to stop either of us. It has been two years since either of us had seen snow in our hometown and we were not going to waste the opportunity, so wet toes were had by all!

With another storm in the forecast, we set off for some light hiking through the woods off of Highway 4 and found nothing but treasures. There is something to be said about going for a hike in a snow-covered land. The sounds and smells are so different; so fresh and unique. If it had not been for the freezing temperatures, I think we both would have stayed out much longer.

In the weeks to come, it looks like freezing temperatures, a few good storms and hopefully some more perfect snow pack just in time for the start of the holiday season! Keep those fingers crossed and I’ll see you in the hills!

Meg-IndiansMeggan Wenbourne is an avid climber, mountain biker and backpacker who works and plays in Santa Cruz, CA. She spends her time traveling to the mountains as often as possible to get lost in the pine trees and explore the granite rock of the Sierra Nevada range and has recently developed an obsession with the desert and its red rocks. When not away on an adventure, she can be found eating burritos and training at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, riding amazing trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains or nestled away in her cozy tiny house with cookies and adventure reading.