Cuyamaca Lake and Peak

Last Friday, a late-season storm rolled through San Diego and dumped 1.5″ of rain and snow in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park area. I drove out at the tail end of the storm and hiked up the peak, back down, and then through the area just south of the lake. This brief photo essay catalogs […]

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Mt. Rainier National Park – Ranger Falls/Carbon River

The Carbon River and Ranger Falls occupy a canyon on the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park. This area supports a rare inland temperate rain forest featuring towering trees, ferns, and moss for days. Distance: 8.5 Elevation Gained: 1,000 Difficulty: Moderate Time: 3:30 Critters: None Get there like this. Note: There is a $15 […]

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Santa Anita Canyon Backpacking

Santa Anita Canyon is a deep gorge carved into the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains just east of Mt. Wilson. An ever-popular hiking destination, the canyon and surrounding areas feature a number of well-established trail camps. Distance: 17 Miles (over two days) Elevation Gained: 4,400 (approx over two days) Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous Time: […]

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