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Matthew Helmuth
(matthewhelmuth) - F - M

Locale: Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
From San Diego to: (where?) in December on 08/27/2013 16:46:07 MDT Print View

Hi all,

Planning a week long trip for early December, leaving from San Diego. Any Californians have input on December hiking conditions / recommendations for places to go? We're willing to drive as far north as San Francisco but imagine it would get pretty cold that far north. We're not skilled or equipped for winter mountaineering so hoping to find something fairly tame.

Thanks in advance,


Kiel Senninger
(Kiel.S.) - F

Locale: San Diego
Central coast on 08/27/2013 21:24:59 MDT Print View

Big sur area would probably be nice if a storm isn't going to roll through. Same could be said for Santa Barbara/Ventura area hikes. Maybe a desert locale? Joshua tree, Death Valley, Anza borrego. Not sure how cold it gets in the desert though.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Central coast on 08/28/2013 08:19:30 MDT Print View

Just north of SF we have Point Reyes...south you have Big Basin, Henry Coe, and Ventana Wilderness.

Expect lows in the 30's at lower elevations and of course lower temps than that at higher elevations....maybe down in the 20's

Matthew Helmuth
(matthewhelmuth) - F - M

Locale: Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
Santa Barbara on 08/28/2013 08:20:31 MDT Print View

That might be ideal -- we have friends in Santa Barbara who might be able to do a shuttle... thanks for the recommendations. Still open to more!