Desert Wonderland

Black Rock Campground to Upper Covington Flat (8 miles, +1,200/-600 feet). We got a bit of a late start this morning because of our rude neighbors from last night.  But it was cold, so starting after sunrise for once may not have been the worst outcome. We decided to take the California Hiking and Riding Trail back…

Riding with Rangers

Upper Covington Flat to Black Rock Campground (8 miles, +800/-1,600 feet). The last time I hiked with my friend Jay, we were in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.  On that trip, he said he’d be happy to go again some time, but he wanted something at a lower altitude where it’s a little easier to breathe!…

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…