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…

Butler Canyon

Rockhouse Canyon to Butler Canyon (10 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). My buddy Quercus just got some new GPS toys to take with him on an upcoming trip to Baja, so he decided to do a test hike in the desert and he invited me to come along.  It’s a good thing he drove, too, because I…

A View to the North

Summit Meadow to Sage Flat Trailhead via a 10,000 foot and a 9,400 foot knoll (10 miles +2,300/-5,800 feet). We got up this morning and assessed the weather.  It was probably about 30 degrees last night and we slept with most or all of our clothes.  Tonight it is supposed to be 5 degrees cooler,…

Olancha Pass

Sage Flat Trailhead to Summit Meadow (6 miles, +4,000 feet/-500 feet). It’s been dry so far in the Sierra this year, so I thought we might sneak in one more trip before the whole place gets socked in.  At just four hours door-to-trail, Sage Flat is an extremely convenient place to get up to the…

A Marble-ous Canyon

Marble Canyon to Cottonwood Canyon Road (5 miles, +0/-1,600 feet). The wind last night was eerie.  We could hear it roaring as it snaked its way through the narrow channels up canyon. But as it approached us where the canyon widened, the sound lessened.  By the time the gust hit our tents it was hardly a…

The Death Bow

Cottonwood Canyon Road to Marble Canyon (13 miles, +2,200/-2,200 feet). Winter nights in the tent are long!  It was windy last night but not too cold.  By the time the stars began to disappear, we were both ready to get out of our tents and hit the trail. It was great being on trail this…

Water in the Desert

Cottonwood Canyon Road (8.5 miles, +1,600/-0 feet). I was supposed to be in Big Bend National Park this weekend to hike the Outer Mountain Loop with my buddies Colin and Quercus, but Southwest Airlines cancelled our flight to Austin. We are still working on a reschedule, but in the meantime Quercus and I scrambled for…