Smugglers Cove

Scorpion Ranch to Yellowbanks Overlook and back (10 miles, +1,600/-1,600 feet). Today was our last day on the island.  We broke camp before the sun rose and took our packs down to Scorpion Pier.  We then packed water and our remaining food for a day hike out to Smugglers Cove. Today’s hike was much easier, taking…

Montañon Ridge

Del Norte Campground to Scorpion Ranch via Chinese Harbor (16 miles, +3,000/-3,700 feet). After 13 hours on our backs (winter nights are long!) we were very ready to get started with our hike across the island.  Since it was only 11 miles total and we had the whole day, we decided to add a 4…

And Now For Something Completely Different

Prisoner’s Harbor Pier to Del Norte Campground plus Navy Road loop (10 miles, +2,700/-2,000 feet). MixMaster, BarnFinder, and I have had some tough luck getting a trip together lately.  Trips on the John Muir Trail and PCT were both cancelled due to at least two of us being injured or sick!  So this time we…