October Summary

Sierra View in the Inyo Mountains During the month of October, I hiked 112.8 miles and gained 19,410’ of elevation, making this the second time I have hiked more than 100 miles in a month this year. I took 20 separate hikes this month, spending approximately 49:25 hours on the trails. My average hike was…

Trabuco Canyon-Horsethief Loop

Trabuco Canyon is the major drainage of the Santa Ana Mountains north of Los Pinos Ridge/Highway 74. The canyon and lollypoop loop created by climbing the West Horsethief Trail, merging with Main Divide Road, and coming back down the extension of Trabuco Canyon Trail features some of the best variety on any hike in Southern…

Cuyamaca Reservoir, Fall Edition

The Cuyamaca Reservoir collects water draining from the north side of various peaks and creeks in the valley between North Peak and Stonewall Peak. It offers fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking options, and features one of the few unburnt parcels of forest in Cuyamaca State Park. Distance: 3.6Elevation Gained: 200Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:30Critters: Egrets, Herons, Ducks,…

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch

Sycamore Canyon, which also contains Goodan Ranch, is a fairly substantial open space preserve sandiwched between Poway and Santee. It features rolling shrub-covered hills, wide, grassy meadows, riparian ecotones supporting willows, oaks, and the eponymous sycamores. It’s also the site of an old ranch and orchard, both of which were scorched during the 2003 Cedar…

Monserate Mountain

It’s a great big hill! Distance: 3.9Elevation Gained: 1,220′Difficulty: ModerateTime: 1:45Critters: None Get there like this. Details: Oh, the bear went over the mountain,The bear went over the mountain,The bear went over the mountain,To see what he could see. And all that he could see,And all that he could see,Was the other side of the…