- Be prepared for significant traffic delays in both directions due to both road conditions and the sheer volume of motorists. Prior snowfalls have left drivers in up to five-hour waits on the roads.
- You should have a full tank of gas. Don’t count on filling up along the way.
- Bring food and water in case of a long delay.
- Related bonus tip: don’t drink too much water because public restroom facilities are limited in the mountain areas.
- Find out if snow chains are required by the California Highway Patrol on certain roadways. You wouldn’t want to get up to the area, only to be turned away.
- Carry snow chains for your vehicle in case you need them. Conditions on the ground can change rapidly.
- Be prepared to put snow chains on your vehicle if the conditions warrant it.
- Before you go, check your snow chains to be sure they aren’t worn out or broken. Make sure you know how to put them on properly.
Photo: Campo (Donna Yarnell)
- Check weather and road conditions before heading out and as often as you can do so safely as conditions can change from hour to hour.
- Chain controls, road condition updates and other safety advisories about County-maintained roads are posted on the Department of Public Work’s Facebook and Twitter. But again, be aware that conditions on the ground can change rapidly.
- Be aware that private property is off limits to the public for recreational snow activities.
- Pay attention to signs and fences marking private property.
- Parking is limited in the snowfall areas and parking violations will be enforced.
- Vehicles blocking roadways and private property will be towed.
- When parking, take care not to disturb plants, trees and shrubs.
- And lastly, all visitors to the area need to pack out any trash, if a receptacle is not available or is full.
You might be interested in:
GOING TO THE SNOW? READ THIS FIRST (San Diego Sheriff)
SAN DIEGO'S MOUNTAINS AND GOLD RUSH REGION (Miriam Raftery)
MOUNT LAGUNA: A PLACE FOR ALL SEASONS (Miriam Raftery)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY'S HISTORIC PLACES: JULIAN (Donald H. Harrison)
EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S EVENTS SECTION (Always up-to-date, index page, bookmark me!)