March Summary

Anza-Borrego Desert from Monument PeakDuring the month of March, I hiked 97.6 miles, gaining approximately 14,975'. I spent a total of 47 hours and 10 minutes on the trails, during which time I burned approximately 15,132 calories. Many of the hikes undertaken this month were done in preparation for hiking the Grand Canyon at the …

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Love Valley

Love Valley sits in a tiny recess on the southern flank of Palomar Mountain. Less Palomar-ish and more like some of the broad valley/grasslands you would find at Santa Rosa or Daley Ranch, this tiny open space features three varieties of oak, views of Lake Henshaw, the Volcan Mountains, and Hot Springs Mountains. Oh, and …

The Superlative Laguna Trail

The Laguna Mountains, with their idyllic meadows, sighing pine forests, ephemeral lakes, and endless views, represent some of the finest hiking in San Diego County, if not the entire southern portion of the state. This popular recreation area offers an abundance of different outdoor experiences, and this hike includes most of them.Distance: 15.1Elevation Gained: 1,750'Difficulty: …

Sycamore Canyon

After tumbling through Upper Sycamore Canyon, Sycamore Creek disappears into a broad flood channel that meanders through wide open savannas. This broad canyon features a number of towering sycamores, which give this popular hiking and mountain biking destination its name. Stay on the path long enough, and you will reach the beach at Sycamore Cove.Distance: …

Danielsen Monument and Upper Sycamore Canyon

Danielsen Monument and Upper Sycamore Canyon comprise the northern sections of Point Mugu State Park, as well as a portion of Boney Mountain State Wilderness. The area features the upper reaches of ever-popular Sycamore Canyon, Satwiwa Native American Indian Natural Area hiking trails, a waterfall, access to Boney Mountain, and the Danielsen Monument.Distance: 6.2Elevation Gained: …