12/20/14 8:30 am

CONDITION WILL BE GREAT TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND

These may be the best conditions we have seen in the last 2 years.  We have received 12″ of snow this week on top of 6″ the week before.  I drove up to the snow play areas and the conditions looked great.  All roads are open with NO chain controls.  The only problem may be the amount of people coming up to visit.  So if possible try to arrive early in town by 9am or come up around 2pm as this is when a lot of the earlier visitors are leaving.

Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

Mike

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12/18/14

Snow play conditions will be great this weekend.  In the snow play area there is 12-15″ of snow in the last 10 days.  Roads are open with NO chain control

All the snow play areas have great conditions

The only problem this weekend will be the traffic.  So I suggest that you arrive early, be in Wrightwood by 9am or wait until arriving at 2pm this will help you to avoid most of the skier/ snowboarder traffic and to have more time on the snow.

Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

Mike

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12/17/14 9:30 am

12″ of new snow, the sun is breaking out and it is beautiful.

There is no chain control up to Big Pine at this time.  The road is closed past Big Pine but there still is plenty of area for snow play.  So if you are off today come have a GREAT day in the Mountains.

Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

Mike

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12/17/14

10″ 0f NEW Snow Last Night

Looks like a it  is going to be a White Christmas.

There is very good conditions for snow play.  It should be good for the next week.

At this time there are chain control on all non 4×4 cars and truck.  So if you come up and do not have a 4×4 bring your chains.

Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

Mike

 

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12/15/14 9am

The snow paly conditions are best we have seen this year.

So come on up.

Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

Mike

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12/13/14 1pm

Just came back from the snow play areas and the conditions looked great the road is open with no controls.

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Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

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12/13/14 7:30 am

YAHOO!!!!!!!!!

We have snow in the snow play areas 5-6 inches.  It is a clear sky day with lots of sunshine this morning.  I drove up to the area above Big Pines this morning and it looks GREAT.  At this time there is chain control  signed turned at Mtn High East but I am sure that will be lifted as the day warms.

The ski area is not opening today so this is a great day to come up as there will not be any skier traffic.

Always make sure you carry chains that fit your car and that you know how to install them. Only play in the snow on Public lands, (stop to see us at Mountain Hardware and  we can provide you with a map and info where the best conditions are currently). Please respect private property and do not play there.   You will also need an Adventure Pass $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at Mountain Hardware 760-249-3653 Mon – Sat 8:30am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 1390 Hwy #2 in Wrightwood on the north side of the highway and have a large parking area and restrooms

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12/12/14 12 Noon

I just came back from up at Big Pines.

Looks like about 5-6″ of snow in the areas for Snow play.

Chain Control signs are turned at the County Line

Mike

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12/12/14

The rain just turned to snow here in town at about 7:30 am this morning.

It is now snow heavy:

At this time our phones are not working

Mike

 

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Chaparral Yucca

Lt. Amiel Whipple

Lt. Amiel Whipple

More commonly known as “our Lord’s candle” or “chaparral yucca” the Hesperoyucca whipplei derives its scientific name from botanist, John Torrie, who named this in honor of Lt. Amiel Weeks Whipple who in 1853-56 had charge of the exploration from Fort Smith, Ark., to Los Angeles for a projected transcontinental railroad route along the 35th parallel.

Chaparral yucca at Devil's Punchbowl county park

Chaparral yucca at Devil’s Punchbowl

This shrub is quite common in Swarthout Valley in which Wrightwood is located. This yucca grows at elevations from near sea level to roughly 4500 feet but can occur up to 8400 feet.

This Agave Family (Agavaceae) shrub is simple with no evident trunk. The leaves are slender, stiff and gray-green. They are 1-2 ½ feet long and radiate from a central base with needle-like tips. The plant has a single flower stalk, which is covered with fragrant, creamy white flowers.

Blooming season is April to June but may flower as early as February and as late as July, generally earlier at low elevations than at high elevations In extremely dry years, chaparral yucca may not flower.

roast yucca, agave & nolina

Tasty roast yucca, agave & nolina

Traditionally in the early spring, the “heart” was removed with the aid of an oak or a juniper-shaft. It was then roasted in a pit for a lengthy period. While green and tender the flower stalk  was cut or broken off by hand. These stalks were cut into sections and roasted in fire or in ashes and coals. It is reputed to have a sweet taste. The flowers are edible and can be boiled and eaten.

Yucca fiber was used to make sandals, ropes and other items

Yucca fiber was used to make sandals, ropes and other items

Chaparral yucca was also an important fiber plant. The Serrano and Cahuilla used the fibers for sandals while the Chumash and the Gabrielino used it for fishing line. Whole or split yucca leaves were also utilized for rough tying of bundles of firewood, house frames, and for basketry. To retrieve and prepare the fibers, the leaves were immersed in water until the skin and the connecting round tissue rotted away. The leaves may also have been pounded to hasten the process. The fibers are then buried in mud to whiten them, washed and combed.

Chaparral yucca in Lone Pine Canyon

Chaparral yucca in Lone Pine Canyon

Some of the best blooms I have ever seen were in Lone Pine Canyon during a warm spring after a wet winter. There is nothing like it!

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