November Summary

During the month of November, I hiked 82.7 Miles and gained 10,700′ of elevation. I spent 32.5 hours on the trails, and I burned approximately 12,000 calories doing so. My average hike was 6.36 miles long with an average gain of 823′. I hiked through bone-dry deserts and through rain-soaked canyons. I hiked in forests,…

Split Mountain

This spectacularly varied hike in Anza-Borrego State Park’s east end features a wealth of geological oddities, echoing canyons, and sweeping vistas. Including Fish Creek Wash, Wind Caves, Elephant Knees, and the gorge that “splits” the mountain, this popular off-road destination also makes for great hiking and camping. Distance: 12.5 MilesElevation Gained: 700′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 5:15Critters:…

West Mesa Loop

On Cuyamaca Peak’s southern slopes, a gently rolling meadow overlooks the Laguna Mountains on one end and San Diego on the other. In addition to the views, a hiker might find gently swaying grasses, fluttering oak leaves, a reborn pine forest, and, during fall, a striking mixture of fall colors. Distance: 7.2 MilesElevation Gained: 1,200′Difficulty:…