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To start out 2013 I continued my ritual of hiking on New Year’s Day (a tradition I picked up during my days with the Bloomington Hiking Club).  I had no idea where we would be going, but I was always curious about the Ramona Trail and Thomas Mountain whenever we drive past it on our way to Idyllwild. This time we decided to check it out. Over the last weekend southern California got a lot of rain so I was expecting some snow. Thankfully we didn’t need yak trax or snow shoes. My gosh, the trail was breathtaking! The views of the San Jacinto Mountains were amazing and the transition from manzanita trees to pine trees was beautiful. I really enjoyed this trail. Here are a few pictures from my first hike of 2013. Thank you 2012!

View of San Jacinto Peak

View of San Jacinto Peak

Snow covered trail

Snow covered trail

Manzanitas and pines

Manzanitas and pines

 

 

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We spent the long holiday hiking in the Laguna Mountains and the San Jacinto Mountains.  It was very windy in the Laguna Mountains, but the wildflowers were beautiful.  In San Jacinto, we took the South Ridge Trail to Tahquitz Tower for the first time.  It was extremely cold, windy, and wet.  Here are some pictures.  I hope you were able to get out too.

Laguna Meadows

Wildflowers

On the South Ridge Trail

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