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…

Day 3: Done (again!)

Angelina Spring to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort (11 miles, +1,200/-1,400 feet). Arrrrrrgghh!  It happened again. I gave up. Yesterday was so hard.  I’ve been pushing myself way too much.  After getting to my resting point for today I just couldn’t bear the thought of another sweaty slog up a moderately-interesting canyon that I have seen…

Day 2: A Tough Climb

Inspiration Point to Angelina Spring (25 miles +4,400/-3,000 feet). Yikes what a tough day. Hot climbs in the afternoon are the worst for me. I have to do a better job coping with them. The day started out great as I awoke from beautiful sleep to gorgeous pre-dawn views at Inspiration Point. I packed up…

Day 1: Salton Sea (again!)

Salton City to Inspiration Point (28 miles, +1800/-600 feet). Today was take two on my sea-to-sea hike. Only this time I cached more water and then spent the day at Salton Sea with Half Cookie before heading out. What a weird place! We started out at the International Banana Museum, but it was closed (next…

Day 4: Agua Caliente County Park

June Wash to Agua Caliente County Park(5 miles, +300/-800 feet). I did not sleep well at all last night. I was always either too hot or too cold. I guess that’s what happens when you bring a 20 degree bag to a night with a low of only 50 degrees! I also think I was…

Day 3: Sandstone Canyon and June Wash

Alma Wash to June Wash(15 miles, +3,400/-2,400 feet). Today was quite the cross-country adventure!  We started it from our lovely campsite at the mouth of Alma Canyon. It has been surprising to see so much water out here and this morning was no exception.  I actually almost stopped to collect some water on the way…

Day 2: Elephant Trees!

San Felipe Creek to Alma Canyon (17 miles, +900/-0 feet). There was a surprising amount of condensation last night. So much so, that we needed to dry everything out at lunch today. Otherwise the day started out great, with some colorful views of San Felipe Creek in the early morning light. It’s the only perennial…

Day 1: Salton Sea

Salton Sea to San Felipe Creek (8 miles, +400/-100 feet). Today I finally got to start my sea-to-sea hike! And even better, my buddy Quercus decided to join me for the first part of the trip. My lovely wife and son drove us out to within a mile of our starting point and then headed…

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…

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…

Sprague Lake redux

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). We had to drive back early today to return the RV, but not before an early morning return to Sprague Lake. And guess what!  ZoZo got her moose! He was with a lady friend. And from across the distance we could also hear…