Route Climbed: Mount Carmel Trail from Bottchers Gap Date Climbed: March 16, 2002
I was feeling really lazy Saturday morning and didn't want to take my 2WD car up to Tahoe for the weekend, so I looked for a short nearby hike. I was thinking of doing Mount Tam from Muir Woods, but I couldn't find my National Parks Pass so I went to Big Sur instead. I headed up in running shorts, sneakers, and a long sleeve t-shirt. There were some minor patches of snow at 2700' becoming more pronounced at 2900'. About 90+% the 0.8 mile Mount Carmel Trail was covered with up to 4 inches fresh snow and my fingers were freezing as I took photos on the summit. I drank about 10 oz. of water but I was hungry and didn't have any food so I made and ate 3 snowballs. On the way down at about 2710' I ran into a snowman that I believe a couple made. On my hike in, I saw 1 couple (with dog) and 1 guy (also with dog) hiking out of Pat Springs so I assume that it was the couple that made him for Easter :-) Neither group did the Mount Carmel Trail after the snow, so that part was a very pristine hike / experience.