Day 4: Agua Caliente County Park

June Wash to Agua Caliente County Park(5 miles, +300/-800 feet). I did not sleep well at all last night. I was always either too hot or too cold. I guess that’s what happens when you bring a 20 degree bag to a night with a low of only 50 degrees! I also think I was…

Day 3: Sandstone Canyon and June Wash

Alma Wash to June Wash(15 miles, +3,400/-2,400 feet). Today was quite the cross-country adventure!  We started it from our lovely campsite at the mouth of Alma Canyon. It has been surprising to see so much water out here and this morning was no exception.  I actually almost stopped to collect some water on the way…

Day 2: Elephant Trees!

San Felipe Creek to Alma Canyon (17 miles, +900/-0 feet). There was a surprising amount of condensation last night. So much so, that we needed to dry everything out at lunch today. Otherwise the day started out great, with some colorful views of San Felipe Creek in the early morning light. It’s the only perennial…

Day 1: Salton Sea

Salton Sea to San Felipe Creek (8 miles, +400/-100 feet). Today I finally got to start my sea-to-sea hike! And even better, my buddy Quercus decided to join me for the first part of the trip. My lovely wife and son drove us out to within a mile of our starting point and then headed…

Snowshoes in SoCal!

Kitchen Creek Road (3 miles, +500/-500 feet). Half Cookie and I finally got a chance to try the snowshoes we bought last year. We got a crazy amount of snow in SoCal this week, and the news said it would be madhouse in Mount Laguna, Cuyamaca, and Julian with all the San Diegans rushing up…

Gorgoni-again

Mineshaft Flat to San Gorgonio Peak to South Fork Trailhead (15 miles, +2,100/-5,000 feet). Half Cookie and I originally planned to be out for two nights, but it was COLD last night, and the nights are long this side of the equinox.  We decided to head for the summit and then back down to South…

Mineshaft Flat

South Fork Trailhead to Mineshaft Flat (10 miles, +3400/-800 feet). Half Cookie and I wanted to do a little trip this Fall since our trip to the Sierra got canceled (twice!) this Summer. So we decided to check out San Gorgonio Mountain. Our original plan was to do a big loop around the Lost Creek…

Sprague Lake redux

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). We had to drive back early today to return the RV, but not before an early morning return to Sprague Lake. And guess what!  ZoZo got her moose! He was with a lady friend. And from across the distance we could also hear…

Alpine Ridge Trail, et al.

Alpine Ridge Trail, Adams Falls Trail, and some random alpine cross country (3 miles, +600/-600 feet). Today was more a car-touring day than a hiking day, but some of our short hikes were notable.  First there was a short hike to 12,000 feet from the Alpine Visitor Center. We drove down to Grand Lake to…

Bierstadt Lake

Bear Lake to Hollowell Park (5 miles, +400/-1,500 feet). Today we were looking for a downhill hike, and thanks the the shuttle system in Rocky Mountain National Park, we got just what we were looking for.  Starting at Bear Lake, we hiked a teensy bit of uphill to get over a ridge and then cruised…

Five Lakes Loop

Glacier Gorge to Bear Lake via Mills Lake and Lake Haiyaha (7 miles, +1,600/-1,300 feet). Today we set off to do a seven lake loop in the Bear Lakes area, but as it turns out, five was plenty!  I got to see two lakes I missed last time I was here, Mills Lake with lovely…

Sprague Lake

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). ZoZoZoom just turned 75!  Woo hoo! So time for a hike, naturally. We met in Denver, rented an RV, and headed up to Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Lucky for us, we had time before sundown for a short hike…