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Mount Harvard, Mount Wilson

18 January 1997

By: Ruth Dobos

Leaders: Frank, Ruth Dobos

"Hiking in the Snow"

Hiking in the snow can be a pleasant experience. On January 18th eleven stalwart hikers decided to brave the elements by hiking Mt Harvard and Mt Wilson, in the snow. This turned out to be a wonderful hike. Leaders Frank and Ruth Lee Dobos led nine hikers down from the Mt Wilson gate on the snow covered road and up to Harvard, enjoying the limitless view of the LA Basin. On the top we shared goodies and small talk, newcomers expressed their surprise at the beauty of the San Gabriel Mts. Then down and up the J P L trail to the Mt Wilson parking lot. While many people were enjoying the snow outside the gate, the gate was never opened that day. The parking lot was entirely deserted, something we never see. We lunched at the old pavilion and walked around the grounds, nothing was open. Then out through the turnstile we went, where there were many-many people and dogs playing in the snow. It seems they did not realize how to get inside and how wonderful it would be. I had been threatened by the flu for several weeks before this hike. All I can say is Dr Ruth might recommend a hike like this to cure your ills. The day with wet feet from the mountain snow completely cured my lingering flu.

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