Earlier this month, we heard about a large snowfall on Mt. Baldy and decided to plan our first ever snow day. We got a bunch of owners on board and scheduled the excursion for this past Saturday. By this time, most of the snow had melted, but that didn’t stop us from having fun!
Though the weather was warmer than we anticipated and the snow was only at the very cap of the mountain, the doggies had a blast exploring new terrain, trying a new, challenging trail, and getting out of the LA basin for a fun Saturday adventure!
We hit the Icehouse Canyon trail with fifteen dogs, two sports leaders, one sports assistant, and a photographer– that’s me. Needless to say, there was more than one hiker who stopped to whip out their camera and record the sight for posterity. Everyone we came across complimented the dogs either on how cute or well behaved they were. *Humble brag*
The trail was moderately difficult with a range of small hills and boulders. The dogs took on the challenge with a breeze and were particularly intrigued in learning to navigate an unfamiliar trail. The fact that there was no ice was probably in our favor given the rocky terrain.
All along the trail, there ran a stream formed by the snow runoff. We decided to cross at a shallow part of the stream and let the dogs run around in a clearing, where they splashed in the water and ran around to their heart’s content.
Of all the excursions I’ve been on, this one, in particular, seemed very special. The Santa Monica mountains hardly ever have running water on the trails, and the dogs were stoked to have some water to play in! After a challenging hike, the dogs felt rewarded to have a place to play and cool off. And by the time we were in the car driving back to Santa Monica, the pups all enjoyed a well-deserved snooze.