Sunrise Highway in the Snow

The mountains around San Diego usually get several snow storms each year. When it happens the snow doesn’t last too long. My journey started with a hike near Julian. I didn’t take any photos worth sharing there, but the highlight was observing a family that brought their two 4-year-old twin girls and 1-year old boy to see the snow for the first time. The one year old was walking around, bundled up, and poking his finger curiously into the snow. I am reminded why I was a teacher. These children were so adorable and filled with wonder about the world.

After my hike near Julian, I checked the weather and saw that a storm cell was approaching. I decided to drive the Sunrise Highway where the elevation is higher and there would likely be more snow. I drove from the north to south, stopping along the way. Each area I stopped had a distinctly different ecosystem.

Winter Meadows – This area has large grassy meadows with a sparse scattering of oak trees.
Winter Yucca – This area was dryer, with grass in clumps between rocks and mixed with yucca.
Broken Fence
Snowy and Fog – Pine trees dominate this section of the mountain.
Snowy Pine
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4 thoughts on “Sunrise Highway in the Snow

    1. I went to the mountains each of the three days that the storm was passing through last week. I brought chains but I did not need to use them. My car has all weather tires and very effective all-wheel drive. Thanks for the comment. That Snow Pine is also my favorite in this set.

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      1. These photos are from the 1st of the three days. On the third day it snowed between 3-5pm. It stuck to the road in places, but melted enough to become slushy. Then the temperature dropped to 29°, so the slush began to freeze. I kept my chains in the back seat, but had to drive carefully.


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