Three Sisters Falls

9 May 2022 Three Sisters Falls Trail and Eagle Peak Trail (7 miles, + 1,900/-1,900 feet). Double Down and I originally planned to do an overnight on the PCT today, but it will be extremely cold and windy tonight. So we postponed the trip and decided to do a day hike today instead. Three Sisters…

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…

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…

Noble Canyon

26 February 2022 Noble Canyon (6 miles). Half Cookie and I wanted to go see the snow today, so we took a trip up to the Laguna Mountains. But the snow melts fast in SoCal, and there wasn’t much left by the time we got there. Nonetheless, we were able to do a lovely there-and-back…

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. …

Noble Canyon

6 January 2021 Noble Canyon Trailhead to second stream crossing and back (10 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). Well, here we are still in a stay-at-home-order, with even dispersed camping banned in much of Southern California.  So no backpacking for now.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t day hike! To open up “birthday week” for Half Cookie, we…

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…