Snow In The San Bernardino Mountains

A hawk in a tree in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A hawk in a tree in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Snow is just a small part of the tranquil beauty that comes to the San Bernardino Mountains in the winter months. On a rare occasion you might be lucky enough to spot a hawk in an oak tree, but on a daily basis you may see many other types of birds, such as robins and stellar jays, scavenging for food. Even though Southern California is synonymous with palm trees and surfers, there are mountains in Southern California that reach between four thousand and eleven thousand feet in elevation, so it does snow in Southern California. This hub is about dispelling the old mythology that SoCal is just about hot beaches and palm trees, as we do have many different micro-climates. The difference between Southern California mountains and somewhere like the Rockies is the day after it snows it might be sixty degrees Fahrenheit with clear cerulean skies. The wide range of terrains and temperatures in Southern California is part of the mesmerizing charm of our region. I might not be able to travel far and wide these days, but I do have the advantage of living in a very beautiful place that is considered an international vacation destination.

Google maps are useful for planning your next trip to the San Bernardino Mountains.

Robins in the tree with snow on it.
Robins in the tree with snow on it. | Source
Another photo of robins in the tree.
Another photo of robins in the tree. | Source
Snow on the trees in the mountains
Snow on the trees in the mountains | Source
A pretty frosted tree up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A pretty frosted tree up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Snow on the trees in the mountains.
Snow on the trees in the mountains. | Source
Snow falls on the trees.
Snow falls on the trees. | Source

Walking around looking at snowy mountains and trees can be quite relaxing. Yes, shoveling snow is a chore, but is also good exercise.

Snow frosted trees looking down towards Hesperia.
Snow frosted trees looking down towards Hesperia. | Source
Snow on the branches of the trees.
Snow on the branches of the trees. | Source
A snowy tree framing a mountain in the distance.
A snowy tree framing a mountain in the distance. | Source
A snowy tree has a very Christmas vibe to it.
A snowy tree has a very Christmas vibe to it. | Source
Snow encrusted trees are very mesmerizing.
Snow encrusted trees are very mesmerizing. | Source
Snowy pine needles in the foreground, and snow on the hills in the distance.
Snowy pine needles in the foreground, and snow on the hills in the distance. | Source
Hazing and snowy view looking down towards Hesperia.
Hazing and snowy view looking down towards Hesperia. | Source
Snow on the branches of a manzanita tree.
Snow on the branches of a manzanita tree. | Source
Snow piles on the branches of oak tree in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Snow piles on the branches of oak tree in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
More snow on the branches of trees all around.
More snow on the branches of trees all around. | Source

I am glad I no longer live up in the mountains, but I do enjoy visiting during a snow storm.

A deep snow fall among the trees.
A deep snow fall among the trees. | Source
Snow on the trees.
Snow on the trees. | Source
Trees on the snowy hills in the distance.
Trees on the snowy hills in the distance. | Source
Snow on the trees above.
Snow on the trees above. | Source
Trees with frosty snow on the branches.
Trees with frosty snow on the branches. | Source
Trees that are weighed down with snow are quite beautiful.
Trees that are weighed down with snow are quite beautiful. | Source
Rocks with snow and ice abound.
Rocks with snow and ice abound. | Source
Trees that are weighed down with snow.
Trees that are weighed down with snow. | Source
Pine trees and oak trees are covered with a winter snow.
Pine trees and oak trees are covered with a winter snow. | Source
A power line in the foreground, and snowy trees in the background.
A power line in the foreground, and snowy trees in the background. | Source

So living in the snow may not be my cup of tea, but a day trip to the San Bernardino Mountains to photograph the snow is always quite enjoyable.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very lovely pictures against that bright blue sky. Merry Christmas my friend.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you Billy, and have a Merry Christmas to you, too!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

How beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, Mhatter99!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

These are beautiful and I love snow. Thanks for taking the time to share all these gorgeous photos. Happy holidays to you.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Carol!


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

Brings back many memories of snow camps when I was growing up and we went to Forest Home in Forest Falls every winter. They still had to truck us to snow from camp most years, since it rarely snowed in camp when we were there.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...beautiful. I really enjoy reading this hub, especially looking at all the pictures. My biggest dream is touching the snow in person. I hope my dream will come true...amen. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and Happy New Year.

Best wishes, Prasetio


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you for your lovely comments!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Nice to be able to experience the beauty of snow even if it is for a brief period of time. We don't have that option living here in Houston. It is very rare that it ever snows here...and if we get a dusting, it never amounts to what you were able to photograph. I really liked your photos. I well remember living in Wisconsin when the ground would be covered with snow for many months of the year. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos with us.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

People think because we are sunny Southern California that there is no snow here, but the mountains between 5,000 and 10,000 feet do get snow. I loved near sunset how purple the mountain looked with what appeared to be snowy frosting.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Lovely photos. I always think there is something picturesquely charming about the sight of snow on tree branches. But still, I'd rather visit the San Bernardino mountains when it's warmer. Yeah, I'm a winter wimp. lol


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Om,

I think it is safer to visit the San Bernardino Mountains when it is not snowing, such as in the spring or summer. If you ever decide to go I can recommend some great places to stay. Right now Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear do not get as much tourism as they used to, and there are some great deals to be had.


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Great images SP. You are very lucky to call the area home :)


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Ethel! It is very pretty up in the local mountains when it snows.


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oliversmum 2 years ago from australia

SweetiePie Hi. What a beautiful part of the world you live in. All the photographs are incredible, but I particularly like the snow shots. Thanks for sharing this wonderful part of your country with us. :) :)


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you, Oliversmum. People think it never snows in Southern California, but it does in the mountains.


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Charito1962 10 months ago from Manila, Philippines

I come from a tropical country, and I have never seen snow. It must be an exciting experience to be in the San Bernardino Mountains at wintertime.

Beautiful photos, SweetiePie!


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SweetiePie 10 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Charito1962!

People do not realize it snows in Southern California because it is so hot here in the Inland Valley, where I live. However, in the winter it does snow in the local mountains. On the day I took these photos it was overcast and snowy, but the next day the sun will come out and it might be sixty degrees. There are pictures of kids wearing shorts and playing in the snow because that is the funny mixed up world of Southern California mountains weather.

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