San Jacinto Peak

4 July 2020 Junction Meadow to San Jacinto Peak to Humber Park (13 miles, +3,300/5,000 feet). Last night was REALLY warm!  I couldn’t get comfortable because it was about 60, too cold without a bag and too warm with.  We were planning to stay one more night, but we decided towards the end of the…

Hidden Lake

3 July 2020 Basecamp near Junction Meadow to Tamarack Valley to Long Valley to Hidden Lake and back (14 miles, +2,600/-2,600 feet). Today we decided to hike over to the area by the Palm Springs Tram, which is closed due to COVID.  We weren’t sure what we would find, but it’s exactly what you might…

Tahquitz Peak

2 July 2020 Humber Park to Tahquitz Peak to Tahquitz Meadow to Junction Meadow (7 miles, +2,800/-1,200 feet). Half Cookie and I had a trip planned for Rae Lakes a few weeks ago but a storm came through that sent winds up to 70MPH and temperatures down to 20 degrees.  Yikes! Needless to say, we…

Corte Madera Mountain

16 May 2020 Corte Madera Mountain Trail (7 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). Another COVID hike!  This time we decided to do a remote location sandwiched between the Pine Creek Wilderness and the Hauser Wilderness.  It was quite warm, but overall a beautiful day to hike. The beginning of this hike is on a forest road through…

Blown Away

24 – 25 February 2020 Lake Morena to Mount Laguna (22.3 miles, +4,500 feet/-1,700 feet). After two failed attempts to hike from the Salton Sea to the Pacific Ocean, I was left with a problem. One of my water caches was still in the desert! But there was a catch (cache?).  I didn’t have a…

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…

Indian Creek Loop

Penny Pines to PCT to Pine Mountain Trail to Indian Creek Trail to Noble Canyon Trail to Penny Pines (11 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). Half Cookie and I are getting ready for an August trip to the Sierra and she has been struggling to find a pair of shoes that work for her on longer hikes….

Ice of the Woods

Sunset Trail to Big Laguna Trail (4 miles, +500/-500 feet). It’s been a very wet winter in SoCal, and recently very cold too.  The last set of storms took the snow level all the way down to 3,000 feet, so we couldn’t wait to get up to Mount Laguna to hike around in it. There…

Postholing in San Diego?

Penny Pines Trailhead to PCT to Big Laguna Trail loop (11 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). My buddy MixMaster and I were going to do an overnight backpack but life intervened, and in retrospect I am really glad it did.  We decided instead to head up to Mount Laguna where back-to-back winter storms dumped over a foot…

Slip Sliding Away

Canyon Oak – Desert View Loop (4 miles, +800/-800 feet). I almost decided not to go on this hike today.  My recent trip to the Channel Islands really zapped me, and the forecast called for rain, but Half Cookie persuaded me to keep to our plan of a family hike.  And I am really glad…

Same Time Next Year

Noble Canyon Trailhead (mile 48.7) to Sunrise Trailhead (mile 59.5) (11.5 miles, +1,000/-1,400 feet). My friend Scott and I would like to hike more together but he’s a busy guy!  With four kids and two full time jobs it’s hard for he and his wife to keep up.  But we do manage to find a time to hike,…

Na-Na-Na-Na Bat Cave!

Lower Noble Canyon Trailhead to Pine Creek Crossing (10 miles, +900/-900 feet). On a beautiful Sunday morning I roused Sobo Baggins from his slumber to hit the road before civil twilight.  This was our first hiking adventure together, and the weather was nearly perfect as we sipped our freshly brewed coffee on the road. We…