Daley Ranch – Engelmann Oak Loop

Distance: 5.1 MilesElevation Gained: 800′Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:05Critters: Hip-hop hares!!! Pros: – All the fun of Daley Ranch’s Engelmann Oak Loop– Plus beautiful golden hour lighting– My baby joined me! Cons: – None Details: Cougar Pass Road – Engelmann Oak Loop – Bobcat Trail Kelly and I somehow both miraculously had Memorial Day off. In the […]

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Yoga Hiking

I had a fun new experience today. Right now, Kelly is in the midst of a 31 day challenge at her yoga studio, Haute Yoga. In this challenge, she must take 31 classes in 31 days. It’s great to have the goal, and the challenge has taken her on a journey similar to what I’m […]

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Mt. San Antonio (Baldy)

Distance: 11.2 MilesElevation Gain: 3,900′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 7:30Critters: chipmunks, squirrels Pros: – incredible mountain topography, including precarious drops, stellar views, mixed-conifer forest, alpine forest, waterfalls.– Highest peak in L.A. County– Flat-out awesome.– Wind! Cons: – WIND!!!– A lot of smog in the L.A. Basin Details: Mt. Baldy Fire Road – Devil’s Backbone Trail – Baldy Bowl […]

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Hiking Angeles Forest

I’ve got a Mt. Baldy write-up coming once I find a few free minutes. In the meantime, I met a hiker named Kyle at the summit who happens to have a great blog providing a ton of resources and information about hiking in Angeles National Forest. If you have interest in hiking any of the […]

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Cucamonga Peak

Distance: 13.8 MilesElevation gained: 4,400′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6:45Critters: Manic chipmunks Pros:– Beautiful mountain riparian environment at Icehouse Canyon– Unique views of the San Gabriels– Views of the Inland Empire (sort of)– Challenging and rewarding hike Cons:– Air pollution spoils the view of the Inland Empire and neighboring mountain ranges– Chapman Trail could have been left out– […]

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Rookie Mistake

This is what I get for leaving my camera at home. I saw a sea of clouds over San Diego, with mountains poking out like islands. The was shining through sage blossoms as birds sang their songs. All I have to show for it are a few iPhone snaps. Lesson: Always, always, always bring your […]

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Mission Trails Regional Park – Cowles and Pyles Peak

Big Rock Trail – Barker Way – Pyles Peak Trail Distance: 8 milesElevation Gained: 1,500′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:00:00Critters: Quail, Dog of the Day Winner, Dylan to Malty Pros:– Good views of downtown San Diego, Mission Bay, and the surrounding mountain ranges Cons:– Overcast weather diminishes the pros– Very crowded on Cowles Peak Details: Kelly is […]

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Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension

Margaret Fleming Nature Trail A – Margaret Fleming Nature Trail – B Distance: 2.4 MilesElevation Gained:  500Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:00Critters: A showy lizard, quail, a rattlesnake, a swarm of bees Pros:– Much of the beauty of the main reserve with none of the crowds.– Magnificent specimens of Torreys Cons:– Too small! Details: This park is the […]

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San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Trail – Gemma Parks Nature Trail Distance: 2.2. MilesElevation gain: 50 feetDifficulty: EasyTime: 47 minutesCritters: Quail, egrets, ducks Pros:– Easy access to a nice lagoon. Cons:– Too close to the freeway Details: San Elijo Lagoon sits just south of its better groomed sister, Batiquitos. I hike Batiquitos once a week due to […]

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