Flowers and Snakes and Antlions, Oh My!

28 June 2022 Big Laguna Loop (12 miles, +1,300/-1,300 feet). My buddy Double Down has a friend in town from Iceland, and we thought it would be fun to show him some of the San Diego scenery up in the mountains. A classic hike in the Laguna Mountains is the Big Laguna Loop, which starts…

Cold Boiling Lake

18 June 2022 Cold Boiling Lake Trail (2 miles). There was more rain yesterday so we decided to spend a layover day in Redding, which has a very cute downtown with a couple of very good breweries. Today we headed to Lake Tahoe, but not before touring Lassen Volcanic National Park and doing a short…

A Delicious Day

24 April 2022 PCT Kitchen Creek Road to the north and back (5 miles, + 1,000/-1,000 feet). Half Cookie and I are friends with a woman who runs a fitness class in our local park that we attend a few days each week. She is preparing to do a big trail run at Bryce Canyon…

Trail Magic!

13 March 2022 Tomorrow I fly to Tucson to start the AZT! And what better way to spend the day than to do some pay-it-forward trail magic on the PCT! I was especially eager to make some chili for the thru-hikers, since it was my favorite magic from my own hike last year. I followed…

There and Back Again

18-20 January 2022 PCT hikes around Agua Dulce (47 miles). My friend Barnfinder has set a goal for himself to section hike the Southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail. But there is a twist! Instead of thru-hiking each section and crossing it off the list, he wants to hike every section in BOTH…

Back in the Saddle!

28 November 2021 Desert View Trailhead to PCT mile 34.0 (17 miles, +4,600/-4,600 feet). It’s been quite a while since I did a serious hiking day. My tendonitis is finally healed, though, so time to get back on the horse. Er, that is, if by horse, I mean the PCT. (I do!) So today I…

Perseids 2021

12-13 August 2021 Sunrise Trailhead to PCT mile 55.9 and back (8 miles, +900/-900 feet). I am still nursing a tendonitis injury so I have not done any hiking lately. But I am itching to get back out there, so I suggested to Half Cookie that she and I do a very short trip to…

Post Hike Reflections

10 June 2021 It has now been nearly three weeks since I got off trail. And I’m still really happy with my decision to end my thru-hike. If I wanted to, I could get back on trail today and I would still have plenty of time to finish this year. But I still don’t want…

Day 50: Bishop Pass: My Northern Terminus

20 May 2021 Middle Fork Kings River to Bishop Pass Trailhead PCT Mile 833.5 to 831.0 I heard Ground Score and Berk leave before dawn this morning. They are eager to beat the sun and its menacing ability to turn a snowy sidewalk into a slushy morass. I wish them well. I too was up…