Hellhole Canyon

9 January 2023 Hellhole Canyon Trail to Maidenhair Falls (5 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Before heading back to San Diego this morning, we got in one more hike at nearby Hellhole Canyon. The trail is pretty flat at first, heading straight up a (by comparison) lush wash. As we ascended it got steeper and we started…

The Slot

8 January 2023 West Butte Trail to Borego Mountain Wash (5 miles, +800/-800 feet). It’s Half Cookie’s birthday this weekend! (er, birth-weekend?) We decided to go do a couple of hikes in Anza Borrego State Park. It’s California’s largest state park, but relatively unknown to people outside of Southern California. We love it! We decided…

Secret Falls (Shhhh!)

26 December 2022 Secret Falls Trail (2 miles, +100/-100 feet). Our last hike in Kauai was my favorite! It was very short, but to get to the trailhead we first had to paddle on the Kailua River, which was GORGEOUS! It was about an hour paddle to the trailhead where a hundred kayaks crowded the…

Hanakapi’ai Falls

23 December 2022 Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi’ai Falls (8 miles, +3,000/-3,000 feet). Today we had reservations for the most popular hike on Kauai, the Kalalau Trail. Some people follow this to its end to backpack in a remote valley on the Na Pali Coast, but most turn around either at Hanakapi’ai Beach or at Hanakapi’ai…

Waimea Canyon

22 December 2022 Canyon Trail (6 miles, + 1,800/-1,800 feet). Today we went to Waimea Canyon, which is sometimes called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. We picked a popular trail, so we got an early start. The mix of rain and morning sun on the drive created a perfect Hawaii moment. We were the…

Mahalo!

21 December 2022 Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail (6 miles, +200/-200 feet). Half Cookie and I have been together for 30 years! It’s hard to imagine…. We decided to celebrate with a trip to Hawaii to see Kauai, an island we have never visited. Our friends Quercus and Tami have moved there, so we get to see…

Return to Eagle Rock

4 December 2022 PCT Warner Springs to Eagle Rock (6 miles, +900/-900 feet). Half Cookie is usually busy this time of year making… you guessed it… cookies! But she was all caught up today, so we decided to do a short hike. Half Cookie’s knees have been bothering her and it was a bit chilly…

Cabin Fever

17-18 November 2022 Ernie Maxwell Trail to Saddle Junction and back, then Ernie Maxwell loop to Tahquitz Peak and Saddle Junction (20 miles, + 5,500/-5,500 feet). My friends Guppy and Double Down are having their floors redone, so they decided to spend a few days at a cabin in Idyllwild. When they asked me to…

Sedona, AriZoZona

4-7 November 2022 Chimney Rock Pass Loop, Fay Canyon Trail, Mescal Trail, Courthouse Butte loop, Red Cliff Trail, Baldwin Trail loop(15 miles, +2,000/-2,000 feet). Time for another birthday trip with ZoZoZoom. Her birthday was in August, but this year she wanted to do a trip to Sedona, which is much nicer in shoulder season. So…