Linda and I went for a spectacular hike up to saddle junction via the devils slide trail. We took our time and really enjoyed the forest. The snow was solid ice and it got pretty slippery near the top toward the saddle. We would have needed crampons to go any further. We sat on some boulders in the middle of the snowy forest and had a nice lunch. Also we got to hike with ( Joanne ?? ) most of the day. It was really nice to get to know her. She was visiting from the midwest and enjoying some California sun and mountains. It was such a treat for all of us to be able to experience the serenity of the wilderness this day. We drove the back way home and got to transision from high mountain pine forest to high desert to oak woodlands to sage scrub foothills and finally to our home a block from the beach.