Gorgoni-again

Mineshaft Flat to San Gorgonio Peak to South Fork Trailhead (15 miles, +2,100/-5,000 feet). Half Cookie and I originally planned to be out for two nights, but it was COLD last night, and the nights are long this side of the equinox.  We decided to head for the summit and then back down to South…

Mineshaft Flat

South Fork Trailhead to Mineshaft Flat (10 miles, +3400/-800 feet). Half Cookie and I wanted to do a little trip this Fall since our trip to the Sierra got canceled (twice!) this Summer. So we decided to check out San Gorgonio Mountain. Our original plan was to do a big loop around the Lost Creek…

A Surprisingly Beautiful Low Route

Dry Lake to San Bernardino Peak Trailhead (18 miles, +3,000/-6,100 feet). When we woke up this morning, we finally got to see a little better where we ended up in the dark last night. Oh well.  We were pretty careful to avoid vegetation and I packed out an old tent pole we found nearby to…

Dry Lake

Onyx Summit to Dry Lake (19 miles, +4,000/-3,200 feet). MixMaster and I were planning to head up to Kernville to do a Spring Hike/brewery combo today.  But the road to Forks of the Kern Trailhead is still closed today with the monster snows we’ve had this year.  So we decided to keep it local. I…

San Gorgonio Pass

PCT Halfmile 201.7 to Whitewater Preserve (17.5 miles, +2,000/-5,000 feet). I was so worried that it would be windy last night, given how much it howled during the day.  But the wind disappeared at sunset and it never came back, giving me a perfectly calm night and a great sleep. My knees ached from yesterday’s…

Ten by Ten

PCT mile 228.0 to Whitewater Preserve (10 miles, +1,200/-1,900 feet). Thankfully, the wind died down last night around 8pm and it was calm and warm and not-too-uncomfortable in my sleeping-padless tent.  I slept well. BarnFinder and I packed up and got ready right after daybreak this morning.  I ate my last piece of pizza (it’s…

Pizza Time in Gorgonio

Onyx Summit (mile 252.1) to PCT mile 228.0 (24.1 miles, +2,000/-6,500 feet). Time for another adventure on the PCT!  My buddy BarnFinder and I were originally going to do a section near Mount Baden-Powell, but part of Highway 2 was still closed this week due to snow (what a crazy wet winter we’ve had in…

Closing the Loop

San Gorgonio Mountain to Vivian Trailhead (10 miles, +0/-6,000 feet). Last night it was COLD on the summit!  We had gusts up to 40mph, and MixMaster and I were both cowboy camping at first.  At a certain point I crawled inside my tent to get away from the wind.  I had not set up the…

Sierra in SoCal

Momyer Creek Trailhead to San Gorgonio Mountain (12.5 miles, +6,000/-0 feet). The San Gorgonio Wilderness is probably the closest thing we have in Southern California to the Sierra.  The high point of the wilderness at 11,503 feet above sea level is also the highest point in California south of the Sierras, so it makes sense that…

Gorgonio to Petco

San Gorgonio Mountain to Vivian Trailhead (9 miles, +0/-5,200 feet). Today we had to race down the mountain so we could make it to a 12:45pm Padres game in San Diego.  We called it the “Gorgonio to Petco” hike! The night sky was spectacular, with clear views of Los Angeles in the distance. From such…

The Big Boy Trail

Vivian Trailhead to San Gorgonio Mountain via San Bernadino Peak (20 miles, +7,800/-2,400 feet). Today was my first ever “epic” hike.  I passed 20 miles for the first time, and climbed nearly 8,000 feet over the course of the day to scale the tallest mountain in southern California. And who better to join me than my…

Down is Good

Jackstraw Springs to Forsee Creek Trailhead via Trail Fork Springs (7.7 miles, +1,100/-3,600 feet). In the morning it was nice to see what we could not last night when we arrived in the dark. We got some water from the springs and hit the trail. It was slow going, with the altitude seeming to take…