Ten by Ten

PCT mile 228.0 to Whitewater Preserve (10 miles, +1,200/-1,900 feet). Thankfully, the wind died down last night around 8pm and it was calm and warm and not-too-uncomfortable in my sleeping-padless tent.  I slept well. BarnFinder and I packed up and got ready right after daybreak this morning.  I ate my last piece of pizza (it’s…

Pizza Time in Gorgonio

Onyx Summit (mile 252.1) to PCT mile 228.0 (24.1 miles, +2,000/-6,500 feet). Time for another adventure on the PCT!  My buddy BarnFinder and I were originally going to do a section near Mount Baden-Powell, but part of Highway 2 was still closed this week due to snow (what a crazy wet winter we’ve had in…

Closing the Loop

San Gorgonio Mountain to Vivian Trailhead (10 miles, +0/-6,000 feet). Last night it was COLD on the summit!  We had gusts up to 40mph, and MixMaster and I were both cowboy camping at first.  At a certain point I crawled inside my tent to get away from the wind.  I had not set up the…

Sierra in SoCal

Momyer Creek Trailhead to San Gorgonio Mountain (12.5 miles, +6,000/-0 feet). The San Gorgonio Wilderness is probably the closest thing we have in Southern California to the Sierra.  The high point of the wilderness at 11,503 feet above sea level is also the highest point in California south of the Sierras, so it makes sense that…

Gorgonio to Petco

San Gorgonio Mountain to Vivian Trailhead (9 miles, +0/-5,200 feet). Today we had to race down the mountain so we could make it to a 12:45pm Padres game in San Diego.  We called it the “Gorgonio to Petco” hike! The night sky was spectacular, with clear views of Los Angeles in the distance. From such…

The Big Boy Trail

Vivian Trailhead to San Gorgonio Mountain via San Bernadino Peak (20 miles, +7,800/-2,400 feet). Today was my first ever “epic” hike.  I passed 20 miles for the first time, and climbed nearly 8,000 feet over the course of the day to scale the tallest mountain in southern California. And who better to join me than my…

Down is Good

Jackstraw Springs to Forsee Creek Trailhead via Trail Fork Springs (7.7 miles, +1,100/-3,600 feet). In the morning it was nice to see what we could not last night when we arrived in the dark. We got some water from the springs and hit the trail. It was slow going, with the altitude seeming to take…

Gorgonio!

Forsee Creek Trailhead to Jackstraw Springs (4.1 miles, +2,500/-0 feet). I’m really excited about all these people in my life who are suddenly telling me that they’d love to go backpacking.  The latest is Jay, a friend of mine from work.  When he was younger he actually did some Sierra trips. The Sierra is a little…