Valentine Loop

Indian Creek Loop variation (10 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). BarnFinder, MixMaster, and I have not hiked together in a while since I hurt my knee on the PCT.  I’m still not 100% so we thought we would try an easy loop in the Mount Laguna area. And believe it or not, the only day we had…

A Snowy Section Finish

Cibbets Flat Campground (Mile 33) to Burnt Rancheria Campground (Mile 41) (10 miles, +1,800/-500 feet). MixMaster joined me for my hike to finish up Section A.  We dropped bikes at Mont Laguna and brought a resupply for Skyler and Miri (who I hiked with yesterday).  We then drove back to Cibbets Flat to start the…

Recovery Hike

Lake Morena (Mile 20) to Cibbets Flat (Mile 33) (13 miles, +2,300/-900 feet). For this stretch, I met up with my friends Skyler and Miri early on Day 2 of their (intended) thru-hike of Section A.  They had come all the way from Switzerland to enjoy the beauty of the PCT. The first few miles…

To Tule Spring

Warner Springs (mile 111.4) to Tule Spring (mile 137.0) (26.2 miles, +4,500/-4,000 feet). Today was day one of a two day trip to finish up my section miles that currently reach from Mexico to the Mountain Fire closure. It was very cold and the day was extremely short since the winter solstice just happened.  As a result,…

Summit to Sand

Stephenson Peak to Agua Caliente (12 miles, +500/-5,000 feet). Ever since I started going to Mount Laguna and Agua Caliente hot springs, I have wanted to do this trip.  Even though these two lovely spots are less than 10 miles apart as the crow flies, the topography of the area means you either have to go…

The Beginning!

PCT Southern Terminus (Mile 0) to Lake Morena (Mile 20) (20 miles, +2,800/-2,700 feet). I originally was not sure if I wanted to do this part of the PCT before starting my thru-hike in a few years.  But my buddies BarnFinder and MixMaster were both interested in doing it, and we got some nice cool…

The Devil’s Punchbowl

Saddleback Trailhead to Cedar Creek Falls (5 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Today I did a short hike with some folks from the Human Nature Group, a research group I belong to.  We carpooled to the Saddleback Trailhead, where we headed down Eagle Peak Road, an abandoned jeep trail. It’s pretty easy downhill, but there is a junction after about…

A Perfect Day

Laguna Campground (mile 47.5) to Pedro Fages Trailhead (mile 61) (14.5 miles, +1,400/-2,200 feet). MixMaster and I had perfect 60 degree weather for this day hike on the PCT.  The desert views were spectacular! We passed a weird outcrop of rocks with lots of graffiti and memorials for the deceased, but I forgot to take pictures….

Shhhhhh!

Secret Canyon Trail (14 miles, +500/-3,500 feet). Recently, BarnFinder introduced me to his friend MixMaster, who is also interested in hiking, and today was our first trip together.  BarnFinder picked a really nice trail in the Pine Creek Wilderness called the Secret Canyon Trail (shhhhhh!). The trail follows Pine Valley Creek and actually crosses under a…

A Noble Canyon

Noble Canyon Trailhead to spring stream crossing and back (10 miles, +500/-500 feet). I don’t have many pictures of my first hike with BarnFinder—we were too busy talking and getting to know each other a little better.  I was surprised to find out that we read the same PCT bloggers and I was thrilled that…

HNG Beginners Backpack

Penney Pines Trailhead to Noble Canyon Trailhead (10 miles, +200/-1,900 feet). When I started going crazy with backpacking, I originally looked for trips organized by the Sierra Club, or self-organized trips by groups on meetup.com and elsewhere.  But when I started talking to my friends about backpacking, many of them said they were interested in…

Parental PCT

PCT mile 43.4 to 45.4 and back (4 miles, +400/-400 feet). My parents have always been super supportive of everything I have ever done.  So when I told them I wanted to thru-hike the PCT, they said they wanted to give it a little try, too.  So we planned a four mile there-and-back trip at…