I’ve got a hiking bug and I’d like to get in as many weekends as possible hiking San Jacinto or San Bernadino peaks before the weather becomes an issue. Since I have zero experience with snow, I’d like to know when it becomes an issue. There are permits still available for October that I’m thinking of applying for. But when does it become pointless?
Also, are there folks who still hike in the snow that will allow someone to get experience? I would never want to do a dangerous trail like Mt. Baldy in the snow, but I have heard that San Jacinto is doable. Even still, I wouldn’t want to do a trail like that solo.
Generally snow is not an issue until the end of November, depending on the storms that blow through. Of course, weather can change at any time, especially at altitude.
One of the resources I use to check weather forecasts at the summit is https://www.mountain-forecast.com —
It let’s you enter many peaks (i.e. San Gorgonio) and get the forecast at different elevations on the mountain. Check that in the days up to your hikes.