HNG Beginners Backpack

Penney Pines Trailhead to Noble Canyon Trailhead
(10 miles, +200/-1,900 feet).

When I started going crazy with backpacking, I originally looked for trips organized by the Sierra Club, or self-organized trips by groups on meetup.com and elsewhere.  But when I started talking to my friends about backpacking, many of them said they were interested in doing it, too.

Some of these friends belong to a research group I’m in called the “Human Nature Group” (HNG).  As it turns out, lots of people in HNG had already backpacked or were interested in giving it a try.  So I organized two trips, one for beginners, and a more advanced trip later in the year.

We had 8 people for this easy downhill hike.  We shuttled a car to the bottom and then met at the top at Penney Pines near Mount Laguna.  The trail starts in chaparral but then drops into Noble Canyon which is forested.

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Walking through the chaparral
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Entering the forest

After a couple of hours we reached our campsite in the canyon and we spent the afternoon hanging out and playing frisbee.

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Noble Canyon seminar room
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Frisbee Break
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Our camp

We had a somewhat damp—but not buggy—evening, and then we headed out early the next day.  It was a nice easy trip, and it was fun to hang out with friends!

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Small waterfall near our camp
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