2013 Hiking Goals

Last year, I set the goal of hiking 1,000 miles, which I reached in September of this year. One of the drawbacks of the 1,000 miles goal is that hiking was often about squeezing in the miles whenever and wherever I could. In order to reach the goal, I would often hike the same hikes repeatedly …

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La Jolla Valley

La Jolla Valley lies tucked into the westernmost end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Point Mugu State Park. This rare valley features wide open grasslands that somehow escaped development and now remain protected. The La Jolla Valley Loop Trail also features great ocean views, as well as views of Boney Mountain.Distance: 7 MilesElevation Gained: …

Las Virgenes Canyon

Las Vigenes Canyon comprises a portion of a network of canyons in the Simi Hills. These broad, shallow canyons feature riparian woodlands of valley oak, live oak, sycamore, and willow, while being framed by gentle, rolling hills covered in grass that turns a vivid green during the spring.Distance: 4.5 MilesElevation Gained: 400'Difficulty: EasyCritters: NoneGet there …

Year-End Review

2012 is almost over, capping an incredible year of hiking. Whether you've read every post or checked in on one or two that shared some information on a hike you wanted to take, thank you for allowing me to share this with you. Having the experience on my own would never have been as satisfying …

Icehouse Canyon

Icehouse Canyon is both an enormously popular hiking destination, as well as a portal to the Cucamonga Wilderness in the extreme east end of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Its lower extremities, which are explored here, feature lush, riparian woodland and old cabins from a bygone age.Distance: 1.5 MilesElevation Gained: Around 400-500'Difficulty: Easy, save for …

Daley Ranch – Jack Creek Meadow Loop

This mostly flat section of Daley Ranch takes you past the ranch compound, which features a number of old, picturesque buildings, and into the long, narrow Jack Creek Meadow. Come for an early morning hike, and you will encounter a great variety of wildlife.Distance: 5 milesElevation Gained: 500'Difficulty: EasyCritters: deer, rabbits, hawks, egrets, coots, ducks, …

Relict Species: Torrey Pine

Relict, n: a remnant or survivor.Species, n: a distinct sort or kindTorrey Pine (Pinus torreyana)The Torrey Pine is North America's rarest pine tree, growing only on two bluffs in San Diego County, with a separate population growing on Santa Rosa Island of the Channel Islands. The geographic separation of the two populations suggests that the trees were once wide-spread, …