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…

Gorgonio!

Forsee Creek Trailhead to Jackstraw Springs (4.1 miles, +2,500/-0 feet). I’m really excited about all these people in my life who are suddenly telling me that they’d love to go backpacking.  The latest is Jay, a friend of mine from work.  When he was younger he actually did some Sierra trips. The Sierra is a little…