|From the parking lot in Humber Park, Tahquitz Rock, or the western ridge of the peak, looms high.|
|Just a few hundred yards up the trail, the snow bowls off the peak show just a bit of themselves.|
|The peak first comes into view. The fire lookout is clear, but the lines we wanted to ski are further looker's left.|
|The second view of Tahquitz Peak, with the top of the ski line just coming into view.|
|The line comes into view.|
The final push toward the summit had me wishing for more snow. The rock scrambling was exciting to say the least. I never made it past the final ascent, and decided to stop at the top of my line. The rocks had a very thin cover of snow, and a fall would have not been good. As for the skiing, the top 1000 feet was perfect steep corn. After that, the snow held up, but things began to tighten up. The ski turns became more and more interrupted by fallen leaf turns. Finally, it seemed too difficult to even wiggle through with the big skis I brought on this trip. It was the first time in a while that I wished I had my smaller, lighter get up. Anyway, the bushwacking seemed worse when I was doing it. But is was not long downstream before I found my car and lunch. This is a great line, but I hope to try again when there is a few feet of snow pack at 6500 feet. Then it would be pretty epic.