Oriflamme Canyon

14 April 2022 Lake Cuyamaca to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort(20 miles, +800/-3,100 feet). It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be last night, and I slept okay in my tent by the lake. I woke up in time to eat my cold-soaked oatmeal and pack up before sunrise. The first part of the…

Cedar Creek Falls to Lake Cuyamaca

13 April 2022 Cedar Creek Falls to Lake Cuyamaca (20 miles, +4,800/-2,000 feet). My knee is finally better! I have been itching to get back on trail since I left the AZT. I originally was planning to go to Arches National Park this week to do some exploring, but my flight was cancelled! So I…

Peñasquitos to the Sea

26 February 2021 Ridgewood Park to Torrey Pines State Park (12 miles, +400/-700 feet). Today we did an urban hike, not too far from our house (we took a Lyft to the start and a Lyft home at the end!).  I wasn’t expecting much, but this is the last stretch of the San Diego Trans…

So Much Up on the Way Down!

19 February 2021 El Cajon Mountain Trail (12 miles, +3,800/-3,800 feet). Half Cookie and I have been wanting to do this hike for a while now.  It is reputedly the “toughest hike in San Diego” so I thought it would be a good training hike for my upcoming attempt to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. …

A Routine 20

22 January 2021 Moreno Valley, Lakeside, to Peñasquitos Canyon (21 miles, +3,300/-3,400 feet). Now that I have officially applied for my PCT thru-hiking permit, I need to kick my training up a notch. I feel generally healthy and I average about 5 miles of walking on a normal day.  I also do a 50 minute…

Day 1: Salton Sea (again!)

Salton City to Inspiration Point (28 miles, +1800/-600 feet). Today was take two on my sea-to-sea hike. Only this time I cached more water and then spent the day at Salton Sea with Half Cookie before heading out. What a weird place! We started out at the International Banana Museum, but it was closed (next…