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Find Snow In The San Bernardino Mountains: The Four Seasons In Southern California

Updated on October 6, 2016

Surprisingly many people living in Southern California have stood in the snow, but there is little excuse with several nearby mountain ranges within driving distance. Personally, I hate driving in the snow or having to walk to work in it, and being a lifelong pedestrian I do the latter quite a bit. However, if you do not have anywhere to go looking at the snow can be quite grand, or if someone else is driving it is not all that bad either. If you love to drive in the snow then this will not bother you at all, and you might actually have fun doing it. Pedestrians can take the MARTA bus routes up and down the mountain, or even arrange to travel on a charter bus. Also, if you have friends to drive up and down the mountain, you could always carpool. There is no reason to go all the way up to Mammoth to play in the snow when we have beautiful snow falls right here in the Southern California mountains.

The first fall snow in November of 2009.
The first fall snow in November of 2009.

Snow In The San Bernardino Mountains

It snowed after Thanksgiving and this week also.  I used this as an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the snow, and to try to get beyond the chill factor.  I have discovered that by wearing layers I am able to get past being cold, and taking a brisk walk even helps.  Here are some of the great images of snow in the mountains, and a few fun videos too.

Looking down at Hesperia on a snowy day.
Looking down at Hesperia on a snowy day.
Looking out at the snow filled morning.
Looking out at the snow filled morning.

Waking up to a snow filled morning on the mountain is always interesting.  Driving in it is not always pleasant as plowing is far from thorough.  My philosophy is many accidents could be avoided with more thorough plowing and by salted the icy mountain roads.  It is better to stay at home and admire it rather than having to travel out in these conditions.

Snow lightly coating the branches of the trees.
Snow lightly coating the branches of the trees.
Looking at at a winter wonderland.
Looking at at a winter wonderland.
Cloudy skies, beautiful trees, and snow everywhere.
Cloudy skies, beautiful trees, and snow everywhere.

Driving Down The Mountain

See all the beautiful scenery as we take a cruise down the Rim of the World Highway on a snowy day.

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Snow right outside of a car window.Patches of snow outside.Here is another shot of the Rim of the World Highway covered in snow.
Snow right outside of a car window.
Snow right outside of a car window.
Patches of snow outside.
Patches of snow outside.
Here is another shot of the Rim of the World Highway covered in snow.
Here is another shot of the Rim of the World Highway covered in snow.
Beautiful vision of the snow.
Beautiful vision of the snow.
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Picture of me in the snow.Picture of me by a snowy hillside.
Picture of me in the snow.
Picture of me in the snow.
Picture of me by a snowy hillside.
Picture of me by a snowy hillside.
Beautiful snow on the mountain.
Beautiful snow on the mountain.
Snow in patches on the mountain.
Snow in patches on the mountain.

More Snow

Lucky running in the snow.
Lucky running in the snow.
Lake Arrowhead is a winter wonderland in December.
Lake Arrowhead is a winter wonderland in December.
Spectacular view out towards the Rim of the World Highway.
Spectacular view out towards the Rim of the World Highway.
Magnificent sequoia tree covered in snow.
Magnificent sequoia tree covered in snow.

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    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      3 years ago from US

      You're welcome.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Prettydarkhorse.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      3 years ago from US

      Very nice SweetiePie. Picturesque.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Sharp Points!

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      Sharp Points 

      3 years ago from Big Bear Lake, California

      Nice article! Voted Up.

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      lyjo 

      7 years ago

      Spectacular.....you must love living there! One day soon, I will share some photo's of the snow we received one year.....you wouldn't like living here at all...thanks for your beautiful hub, take good care,

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Green Lotus!

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      Hillary 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Beautiful photos and a picturesque story too! Thanks SweetiePie.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dolores,

      The fresh now certainly adds beauty to a mundane day. I was pretty excited to see snow again for the first time in over a year!

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love snow. We just had a big snow here the other day and I was as excited as a school girl. It makes winter so beautiful, when every day is so drab.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate your sincere comments gransmith!

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      gramsmith 

      8 years ago

      Hi SweetiePie,

      I really glad to read and watch fabulous pics.Thanks for this lovely and nice article.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Woody Marx,

      Thanks for your lovely comment!

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      Woody Marx 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The mix of snow and blue sky,rocks and pines...no painting could be more ethereally beautiful! Wow.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Agvulpes! You know just three weeks ago we had weather in the 80's, but we are experiencing a cold spell at the moment. Honestly I am glad we are getting some snow because we often are very dry through out the year.

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      Peter 

      8 years ago from Australia

      sweetiepie, it seems rather odd that right at the moment I am sitting here with perspiration running down my brow. (not quite but it is 92 degrees F as I write this and we have a severe fire warning day already).

      Your beautiful pictures have put a cooling effect on me and I'm feeling a lot better LOL

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Mighty Mom,

      Love your Christmas gal by the way. Lake Tahoe is pretty in snow, so I am sure you have some great opportunities for seeing it, and then leaving it behind when you are done :). That is the great thing about living in the valley, I can leave the snow behind when I am done :).

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      Susan Reid 

      8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi SP! I am envious. I love snow, except the downsides that you mentioned. It's nice as a novelty or when you can drive to it and then drive back down the hill away from it (like I can with Tahoe or Bear Valley). Your photos are beautiful. Glad you got to have a snow day -- or a few snow days! Cheers, MM

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      skye2day 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      sweetie pie I am up for it girlfriend. Very Nice. I would love being on a plane right now headin there. You could be a photo artist. Are You? Merry Christmas my friend. Check my new hub, when you are not flying in the powder. Hugs

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      ftclick 

      8 years ago

      nothing beats spending "some time" in the snow in the winter time.

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      Pete Maida 

      8 years ago

      We took the lift from Palm Springs up into the mountains. I believe the temperature dropped about twenty degrees during the trip. The mountains were beautiful but since I hate snow I would also go up there in the summer.

      btw Excellent pic for your profile.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your lovely hub and pitctures. I love snow and can't wait.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      dohn,

      There is some very good skiing in Big Bear, that is true!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great pics, SweetiePie. I'd love to visit there one day, especially for the skiing as it's purportedly some of the best on the planet! Thanks again!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Cailin. Youtube lets you do audioswap now, and I decided to do that because of all the talking in the car.

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      Cailin Gallagher 

      8 years ago from New England

      Lovely pictures SweetiePie! I also love your videos with the pretty music...the mountains look beautiful. :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Why thank you Lorlie!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Lovely!

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