Ice of the Woods

Sunset Trail to Big Laguna Trail (4 miles, +500/-500 feet). It’s been a very wet winter in SoCal, and recently very cold too.  The last set of storms took the snow level all the way down to 3,000 feet, so we couldn’t wait to get up to Mount Laguna to hike around in it. There…

Postholing in San Diego?

Penny Pines Trailhead to PCT to Big Laguna Trail loop (11 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). My buddy MixMaster and I were going to do an overnight backpack but life intervened, and in retrospect I am really glad it did.  We decided instead to head up to Mount Laguna where back-to-back winter storms dumped over a foot…

Slip Sliding Away

Canyon Oak – Desert View Loop (4 miles, +800/-800 feet). I almost decided not to go on this hike today.  My recent trip to the Channel Islands really zapped me, and the forecast called for rain, but Half Cookie persuaded me to keep to our plan of a family hike.  And I am really glad…

Same Time Next Year

Noble Canyon Trailhead (mile 48.7) to Sunrise Trailhead (mile 59.5) (11.5 miles, +1,000/-1,400 feet). My friend Scott and I would like to hike more together but he’s a busy guy!  With four kids and two full time jobs it’s hard for he and his wife to keep up.  But we do manage to find a time to hike,…

Na-Na-Na-Na Bat Cave!

Lower Noble Canyon Trailhead to Pine Creek Crossing (10 miles, +900/-900 feet). On a beautiful Sunday morning I roused Sobo Baggins from his slumber to hit the road before civil twilight.  This was our first hiking adventure together, and the weather was nearly perfect as we sipped our freshly brewed coffee on the road. We…

Valentine Loop

Indian Creek Loop variation (10 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). BarnFinder, MixMaster, and I have not hiked together in a while since I hurt my knee on the PCT.  I’m still not 100% so we thought we would try an easy loop in the Mount Laguna area. And believe it or not, the only day we had…

A Snowy Section Finish

Cibbets Flat Campground (Mile 33) to Burnt Rancheria Campground (Mile 41) (10 miles, +1,800/-500 feet). MixMaster joined me for my hike to finish up Section A.  We dropped bikes at Mont Laguna and brought a resupply for Skyler and Miri (who I hiked with yesterday).  We then drove back to Cibbets Flat to start the…

Recovery Hike

Lake Morena (Mile 20) to Cibbets Flat (Mile 33) (13 miles, +2,300/-900 feet). For this stretch, I met up with my friends Skyler and Miri early on Day 2 of their (intended) thru-hike of Section A.  They had come all the way from Switzerland to enjoy the beauty of the PCT. The first few miles…

To Tule Spring

Warner Springs (mile 111.4) to Tule Spring (mile 137.0) (26.2 miles, +4,500/-4,000 feet). Today was day one of a two day trip to finish up my section miles that currently reach from Mexico to the Mountain Fire closure. It was very cold and the day was extremely short since the winter solstice just happened.  As a result,…

Summit to Sand

Stephenson Peak to Agua Caliente (12 miles, +500/-5,000 feet). Ever since I started going to Mount Laguna and Agua Caliente hot springs, I have wanted to do this trip.  Even though these two lovely spots are less than 10 miles apart as the crow flies, the topography of the area means you either have to go…

The Beginning!

PCT Southern Terminus (Mile 0) to Lake Morena (Mile 20) (20 miles, +2,800/-2,700 feet). I originally was not sure if I wanted to do this part of the PCT before starting my thru-hike in a few years.  But my buddies BarnFinder and MixMaster were both interested in doing it, and we got some nice cool…

The Devil’s Punchbowl

Saddleback Trailhead to Cedar Creek Falls (5 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Today I did a short hike with some folks from the Human Nature Group, a research group I belong to.  We carpooled to the Saddleback Trailhead, where we headed down Eagle Peak Road, an abandoned jeep trail. It’s pretty easy downhill, but there is a junction after about…