A Quarter of the Way Through

March 31st marks the end of the first quarter of the 2012, and I’m using quarters to provide an encapsulation of what I’ve done throughout the year. So far, I have: – hiked 356.3 miles, for an average of 118.75 miles per month, or 3.91 miles per day. This is roughly equivalent to walking from […]

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Caliente Creek and the Agua Caliente Wilderness

Pacific Crest Trail Distance: 19 MilesElevation Gain: 2,100′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6:50Critters: Nothing in particular Pros:– Beautiful riparian vegetation featuring cottonwoods, Coulter pines, live oaks, and willows– Large patches of carpet wildflowers and great wildflower blooms all around– Great views of the peninsular ranges (Palomar, Santa Anas, Volcans)– Remoteness and isolation give the place a very wild […]

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Lookout Fire Road – Burnt Pines Trail – West Mesa Trail – Monument Trail – West Side Trail – Harvey Moore Trail – Granite Springs Trail – East Side Trail – Upper Green Valley Fire Road – Cold Spring Trail – Cold Stream Trail Distance: 20.7Elevation Gained: 3,600′Difficulty: MasochisticTime: 9:15Critters: 17 deer, 7 wild turkeys, […]

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Santiago Peak

Trabuco Creek Road – Holy Jim Trail – Main Divide Road – Holy Jim Falls Trail Distance: 18.8Elevation Gain: 4,100′Difficulty: Strenuous (but you should call a therapist about that masochistic streak)Time: 6:50Critters: A salamander, a gopher snake, hawks, rabbits, squirrels, teenagers. Pros:– From a central location in the SoCal area, you can experience epic views […]

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Black Mountain

Santa Ysabel Road – Black Mountain Truck Trail Distance: 14.2 MilesElevation Gain: 3100′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 4:50Critters: A bobcat, a flock of quail, hawks, a momma duck protecting her nest, squirrels Pros:– Unique views of east San Diego County mountains, including Palomar, Volcan, Cuyamaca, Woodson, and Hot Springs Mountain.– Great early spring wildflower display– gentle incline for […]

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Elfin Forest

The Way-Up Trail – Lake Hodges Overlook Trail Distance: 6.4 MilesElevation Gain: 700 feetDifficulty: Moderate Time: 2:20Critters: lots and lots of pooches Pros:– Good views of east San Diego County Cons:– Crowded– Very little shade– Aside from the views, wildflower blooms, and the crossing of Escondido Creek, there’s really not much to see The Details: […]

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