30 Hikes in 30 Days

I just completed one last hike in June to bring the number of hikes I've taken in June to 30. This means I have taken 30 hikes in 30 days, which I did to celebrate Kelly's accomplishment of taking 31 yoga classes in 31 days. In some ways, this turned into a quantity over quality exercise, …

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Halfway

The year is now almost halfway over, which means it is time to review what I have done during the last three months since the last time I posted a "quarter-review."  I'm a few days early for the mid-point, which is July 1st, but I will be taking a little break from hiking while I …

Mt. San Gorgonio

Distance: 17.2 Miles (over two days)Elevation Gained: 5,500'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 13:00 (Estimated since this was a backpacking trip)Critters: Larcenous chipmunksPros:- Highest peak in Southern California- Beautiful high country topography and flora- Incredible views- Sense of accomplishmentCons:- Rampant air pollution in the low-lying basinsDetails:This way, pleaseMt. San Gorgonio is a Southern California superlative. At 11,503', it is …

The Three Saints

Hiking Bucket List Goal #1: Climb the Three SaintsFrom left to right: Mt. San Antonio, Mt. San Gorgonio, and Mt. San Jacinto. Taken from Santiago Peak.The "Three Saints" refer to the three dominant mountains in the Los Angeles region, Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy), Mt. San Jacinto, and Mt. San Gorgonio. Each peak is notable …

Crescent Meadow – Sequoia National Park

Distance: 1 MileElevation Gained: NegligibleDifficulty: EasyTime: Wasn't keeping track, to be honestCritters: NonePros:- Probably the most beautiful place in the Sierra Nevadas, which makes it one of the most beautiful places anywhere.- Some of the most incredible light I've ever seen. Cons:- No such thing when it comes to Crescent MeadowDetails: Crescent Meadow is the …

Tokopah Falls – Sequoia National Park

Distance: 3.4 MilesElevation Gained: 400'Difficulty: EasyTime: 2 hours?Critters: Deer, marmot, rumors of a bearPros:- Easy hike through a beautiful glacial valley- Enormous cascading waterfall- Towering rock cragsCons:- Close to Lodgepole Campground, which is a noisy madhouse Details:Tokopah Falls is one of the landmark trails in Sequoia National Park. The trailhead is located within Lodgepole Campground …

Jennie Lakes Wilderness

Distance: 4.6 MilesElevation Gained: 1,400Difficulty: ModerateTime: No idea   : )Critters: butterfliesPros:- More rolling mountainsides, mixed-conifer forest, and views- Easy access from campsite- Good conditioning hikeCons:- None to speak of, unless you're comparing it to more remarkable hikes nearbyDetails:The Jennie Lakes Wilderness sits in a nook between an arm of Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia …