East fork of San Ysidro Creek
A glimpse of the Santa Barbara Channel through the upper reaches of San Ysidro Canyon.
Nice single track on the way up to East Camino Cielo.
The views from Camino Cielo were incredible. Views out over the ocean showed clear skies out to the Channel Islands. That's Montecito Peak in the foreground.
Views out the other way revealed snow-covered peaks in the distance and in incoming storm.
While watching these clouds move in, we could see rain, or more likely snow, beginning to fall again deeper in the backcountry. By the time we made it to camp, it was upon us.
ULA Circuit set against the Los Padres National Forest and San Rafael and Dick Smith Wilderness areas in the background.
Blue Canyon stretching back into the distance. The trail follows the canyon, connecting a handful of pleasant potreros.
Blue Canyon in B&W.
Looking past Blue Canyon, you can see Jaimeson Reservoir in the middle of the photo and the snow-covered face of the Topa Topa Mountains behind Ojai in the background.
Big Pine Mountain and surrounding peaks in full winter mode.
It was cold for sunny southern CA!
Colin, on our way down to Forbush Flat, an old homestead site, now a backcountry campsite.
Mysto waterfall in the upper reaches of Gidney Creek.
Unnamed creek running through Blue Canyon.
We got the tarp set up just before it started hailing. It would hail and snow non-stop for the next few hours before the clouds would part just as suddenly as they moved in. The night turned out to be cold and clear.
The Trailstar was a great shelter and held up to the hail just fine. The large footprint ensured all of our stuff stayed nice and dry underneath.
Pretty serious booze collection to pass the time... Some Baileys Irish Cream for the hot cocoa, some spiced Caribbean rum and some Lagavulin single malt... Good stuff for staying warm!
Mini snow man in Santa Barbara. Not something we get to do very often...
Crossing Escondido Creek.
Sunday morning was beautiful. It was like a really green summer day... except for the snow-covered peaks!
Icefall from a natural seep. With all the rain we've had this year, water is coming out of all sorts of normally dry places.