Garnet Peak

Garnet Peak is one of the many peaks that thrust out from the eastern edge of the Laguna Plateau. While it is not the highest, it has one of the most commanding views of the desert country of Southern California, including Anza-Borrego desert, Mts. San Gorgonio and San Jacinto, the Salton Sea, and northernmost Mexico.…

Santa Anita Canyon, Thanksgiving Day Edition

Distance: I’m guessing about 7.5-8 MilesElevation gained: I’m guessing 2,200′Difficulty: Moderately strenuousCritters: Grey squirrels galore. Get there like this. Note: You will need an Adventure Pass Just as important: You need to get here early on weekends and holidays since this place is insanely popular. Just a few linear miles from the endless urban sprawl…

Joshua Tree: Keys View, Hemingway, Cholla Garden, Hidden Valley Campground

Before I post the next write-up on the Ryan Mountain hike, I want to briefly discuss four places where I spent a bit of time screwing around in Joshua Tree. None of these places really counted as hikes. If I were to write them up, the posts would be pretty short. However, since I thoroughly…

Joshua Tree, Day 1: Barker Dam

Rocks showing the waterline within Barker Resevoir Distance: 4.5 milesElevation Gained: Not certain there is anyDifficulty: EasyCritters: A roadrunner, a hawk Get there like this. Details: Everything in the desert is centered around water. Plants evolve elaborate responses to the climate such as small, waxy leaves that balance the need to conserve water with the…

San Gabriel Peak

Panorama of the San Gabriel Range looking east to Mt. Baldy Distance: 4.2 MilesElevation Gained: 1,600′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 2:30 Directions to the trailhead Note: Don’t forget your National Forest Adventure Pass Details: Red Box Canyon from the Trailhead The Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains looms like a massive, green wall over the cities…