Perseids 2021

12-13 August 2021 Sunrise Trailhead to PCT mile 55.9 and back (8 miles, +900/-900 feet). I am still nursing a tendonitis injury so I have not done any hiking lately. But I am itching to get back out there, so I suggested to Half Cookie that she and I do a very short trip to…

Day 24: Zero in Wrightwood

24 April 2021 Zero in WrightwoodNo PCT Miles hiked! My sleep was so-so after all the revelry last night so it was great to wake up and find that Goose had already gotten coffee for all 3 of us. Yay! That woke us up a little, so Half Cookie and I went to the market…

Day 10: Zero in Idyllwild

10 April 2021 Zero Day in Idyllwild No PCT Miles Hiked! Today has been super mellow. Half Cookie and I are staying at the Idyllwild Inn with lovely cabins and free laundry. For breakfast we ordered take-out coffee and pastries at the main place downtown and enjoyed the quirkiness of the town while we waited….

Day 4: Marathon to Water

4 April 2021 Mount Laguna to Rodriguez Spur PCT Mile 41.5 to 68.4 Half Cookie and I slept great last night — so great that we both woke up before the 5am alarm this morning. That gave us some extra time to get ready and proceed cautiously through the marine layer fog that rolled into…

Day 3: Zero at Home

3 April 2021 Zero day in San Diego No PCT miles hiked! It was weird coming home after leaving just two days ago, but given how booked Mount Laguna was it made the most sense. And boy did I sleep well last night in my own bed! This morning I dried out my things, did…

Day 2: Rattlesnake!

2 April 2021 Lake Morena to Mount Laguna PCT Mile 20 to 41.5 Last night was one of those nights that made me hate car campgrounds! I got to listen to a couple in a nearby tent break up, and a very loud group of hikers arrived at 9 and were up and laughing until…

Some Sedona Strolls

17-19 March 2021 West Fork Trail, Cathedral Rock loop, scramble to The Fin(20 miles, +3,800/-3,800 feet). After our trip to the Grand Canyon, we wanted to spend a little time in civilization with our friends. So we decided to head down to Sedona where we stayed in a very nice AirBnB and did a morning day…

Grand Canyon Shakedown

13-15 March 2021South Kaibab to Tonto to Bright Angel plus trips to Plateau Point and Pipe Creek Beach(24 miles, +6,000/-6,000 feet). I’ve been doing a yearly trip with my buddy UltraShuffle, and when we did our John Muir Trail trip last summer we realized we needed to plan a trip for this year before I…

Peñasquitos to the Sea

26 February 2021 Ridgewood Park to Torrey Pines State Park (12 miles, +400/-700 feet). Today we did an urban hike, not too far from our house (we took a Lyft to the start and a Lyft home at the end!).  I wasn’t expecting much, but this is the last stretch of the San Diego Trans…

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. …

Big Bear Exploration

11-13 January 2021 11 miles (+2,000/-2,000 feet) The pandemic rages on, and Half Cookie and I have been going stir crazy.  So we jumped at an opportunity to stay at a friend’s cabin in Big Bear, where we could change the scene and do some hiking. Big Bear Lake hosts ski resorts and snow parks,…

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…