|Esquimox Rd in Green Vally Lake|
Fortunately, only about 4" of snow is on the ground, with everything recently plowed, so we're in luck!
A Recommended Drive!
|Hwy 18 in route to Big Bear Lake|
I chose to take Hwy 38 around the north end of the lake, and bypass the town and hubub. It turned out to be a good choice. You pass through Fawnskin, which looks like a neat little mountain town with some good local cafes and shops. Soon you reach Baldwin "Lake" (dry) before heading down the backside of the mountain. The Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines soon give way to Pinion Pines and junipers, which morph into Joshua Trees. Keep an eye out for Camp Rock Road as you reach the base of the mountain, which is the cut-off to Hwy 247 (Old Woman Springs Rd). Go east (right), and you will have all of Johnson Valley on your left. For the most part, this is wiiiiiide open desert with huge, sweeping vistas.
|Snow of the hood of my car, with desert Creosote background!|
|Home in 29!! Joshua Tree National Park is in the background.|