Volcan Mountain

Volcan Mountain Fire Road – Five Oaks Trail Distance: 5.2Elevation Gained: 1,200′Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous Time: 2:00Critters: None to speak of Volcan Mountain http://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfEveryTrail – Find the best Hiking near San Diego, Californiahttp://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=1551716 Pros:– Great views of Julian, the desert, and East County– Beautiful oak woodlands Cons:– Jerry Schad did me dirty Details: Volcan Mountain is […]

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Kanaka Flat Loop and 500 Miles

Coast to Crest Trail – Kanaka Flat Loop Trail Distance: 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 meadow Cons:– Cow crap– I got charged by this cow: Details: Well, maybe the machine […]

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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. […]

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Daley Ranch, revisited (and updated).

Creek Crossing Trail – East Ridge Trail – Jack Creek Meadow Trail – Hidden Spring Trail – Engelmann Oak Loop Trail – Cougar Ridge Trail – Boulder Loop Trail – Rock Ridge Trail – La Honda Road Distance: 11.1 Miles (Day 1) and 5.1 Miles (Day 2)Elevation: 2,000′ (Day 1) and 800′ (Day 2)Difficulty: Moderately […]

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Big Laguna Trail

PCT Connector Trail – PCT – Noble Canyon Trail – Big Laguna Trail Distance: 10 MilesElevation – 1,000′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4:15Critters: Rabbits, woodpeckers, and an owl Pros:– Great desert views on the PCT– Rolling meadows, lakes, and pine forests– Good Company Cons:– Long drive!– Missed the Meetup group– Couldn’t bring my camera Details: I’ve blogged […]

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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 […]

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Torrey Pines Beach and Preserve

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

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Golden Gate Park and Land’s End Urban Hike

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive – Music Concourse Drive – Japanese Tea Garden – Stow Lake Drive – Strawberry Hill – Transverse Drive – Speedway Meadow – Golden Gate Disc Golf Course – Chain of Lakes Drive – Queen Wilhelmina Windmill and Tulip Garden – Sutro Heights Park – Sutro Bath Ruins – Land’s End […]

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Wildcat Canyon

Wildcat Creek Road – Havey Canyon Trail – Nimitz Way – Conlon Trail Distance: 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– […]

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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: None Pros:  […]

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