May Summary

Looking east from the slopes of Telegraph Peak During the month of May, I hiked 91.7 Miles and gained 17,960′. I spent 41 hours and 33 minutes on the trails, and I burnt off about 15,050 calories doing so. While May is warmer than April, and, at least this year, much dryer, the temperature change […]

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Sky Islands

From the summit of Mt. San Jacinto, looking down at the Colorado Desert. Mt. San Jacinto from the Little San Bernadino Mountains above the Coachella Valley. If you take the tram up to San Jacinto Mountain, you will have the unusual experience of departing from a desert landscape and arriving in a subalpine, mixed-conifer forest. […]

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The Three T’s Trail

Looking west from Telegraph Peak toward Mt. Baldy Looking east and north toward the high desert and the San Bernadino Mountains The Three T’s Trail is a roller-coaster of pain. From the very start to the very finish, this hike fed me more than I could chew. I’d like to say I breezed through this […]

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Mt. San Jacinto via the Devil’s Slide Trail

Driving through Garner Valley at Dawn. Mt. San Jacinto is on the left. Looking in the same general direction from the summit of Mt. San Jacinto. Mt. San Jacinto is the second tallest peak in Southern California at 10,834′. There are numerous ways to get to the summit, and all of them require a fair […]

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Dry Lake, San Gorgonio Wilderness

Dry Lake is an ephemeral subalpine lake filling a glacial basin nestled under the northern shoulder of Mt. San Gorgonio. Although the lake lived up to its billing on this warm spring day, the name “Dry Lake” is usually a misnomer, at least for half of the year. This lake comes and goes with the […]

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Tahquitz Valley

Tahquitz Valley lies nestled beneath Tahquitz Peak in a relatively flat area of the San Jacinto Mountains. This area showcases the meadows, mixed-conifer forests, and granite boulders that make so many hikers liken the San Jacintos to the Sierra Nevadas. It’s relatively easy to tack on Tahquitz Peak, provided the view is clear enough to […]

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