Volcan Mountain

Volcan Mountain Fire Road - Five Oaks TrailDistance: 5.2Elevation Gained: 1,200'Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous Time: 2:00Critters: None to speak of Volcan Mountainhttp://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfEveryTrail - Find the best Hiking near San Diego, Californiahttp://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=1551716Pros:- Great views of Julian, the desert, and East County- Beautiful oak woodlandsCons:- Jerry Schad did me dirtyDetails:Volcan Mountain is the high point of the mountains …

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Kanaka Flat Loop and 500 Miles

Coast to Crest Trail - Kanaka Flat Loop TrailDistance: 7.4 MilesElevation gained: 800'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 3:00Critters: Deer, wild turkeys, quail, rabbits, squirrels, and enough beef to keep Chicago chubby.Pros:- Lovely, green grass and oak woodland- A vast, rolling, green meadowCons:- Cow crap- I got charged by this cow:Details:Well, maybe the machine gun was a bit of …

The Hike Map

I spent some time logging all of the hikes I've done in the past four years into Google Maps. It's fun looking at a map and saying, "That's where I was." It's gives something of a scope to all the places I've been. Naturally, I haven't included everything since there's been too much to remember. …

Big Laguna Trail

PCT Connector Trail - PCT - Noble Canyon Trail - Big Laguna TrailDistance: 10 MilesElevation - 1,000'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4:15Critters: Rabbits, woodpeckers, and an owlPros:- Great desert views on the PCT- Rolling meadows, lakes, and pine forests- Good CompanyCons:- Long drive!- Missed the Meetup group- Couldn't bring my camera Details:I've blogged about the Laguna Mountains …

San Diego Local Hikes

If you look through this blog, you might get the impression that I spend all of my time hiking in spectacular places. While I do spend a decent chunk of time in relatively far-flung locales, climbing hills, snapping shots, and otherwise pummeling my knees and hamstrings into submission, these places are simply too far away …

Torrey Pines Beach and Preserve

Torrey Pines Beach - Beach Trail - Parry Grove Trail - Guy Fleming TrailDistance: 8 MilesElevation Gained: 300Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:38Critters: Roadrunners, gulls, hawks, godwits, and a naked man doing jumping jacks Torrey Pines beach and reservehttp://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfEveryTrail - Find the best Hiking near Del Mar, Californiahttp://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=1531373Pros:- Miles of undisturbed coastline and cliffs- Rare Torrey pinesCons:- Very …

Wildcat Canyon

Wildcat Creek Road - Havey Canyon Trail - Nimitz Way - Conlon TrailDistance: 6.0 Miles (+1 Mile)Elevation Gained: 1,040 FeetDifficulty: ModerateTime: 2:35Critters: Bovines!, a garter snake, wild turkeys, and a very smelly dog.Pros:- Wide open views of Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, San Pablo Resevoir, and Marin County- Rolling, green hills- Lovely riparian vegetation- …

Berry Creek Falls Loop and Pine Mountain

Campground Connector Trail - Redwood Trail - Sunset Trail - Berry Creek Falls Trail - Skyline to the Sea Trail - Bubbs Creek Trail - Pine Mountain Trail.Distance: Berry Creek Falls Loop - 12 Miles               Pine Mountain - 5.2 MilesElevation Gained: 700', 1,200' Difficulty: Strenuous, ModerateTime: 6:15 (Berry Creek), 3:12 (Pine Mountain)Critters: NonePros: - Great trees, …