Afoot and Afield Companion Site

Thanks to a glitch in transfering domains that I was unable to resolve in time for the release of Afoot and Afield San Diego County, the domain name “Scottturnerhikes.com” that you found cited in the book is still connecting to my old blog, 1000Miles. Here’s a link to the website, which will soon be connected […]

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Adventures in Guide Booking, Part 2: Maps

At some point, every one of us runs headlong into some kind of obstacle that we assume is insurmountable. Perhaps it’s a lack of money, a physical handicap, a time constraint, or a lack of ability. Whatever the case, this obstacle can stop us cold and discourage us into taking a hard right turn toward […]

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Trip Report: La Jolla Valley and Mugu Peak

Back in the day when I lived in the Conejo Valley, I did an awful lot of ground stomping throughout Pt. Mugu State Park and the adjacent Boney Mountain State Wilderness. Of all the places in the Lands of my People, I think that I love La Jolla Valley’s rippling grasslands, purple and hummingbird sages, […]

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A Day in the Life of a Hiking Writer

Note: This article is not intended as a “how-to” for nature writing. It’s only function is to elucidate my own idiosyncratic methods of transcribing the experience of hiking a trail into clear instructions. Hiking writing is perhaps the single most enjoyable activity I’ve ever engaged in, at least as far as professional activities go.  While […]

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Summary: March 2016

During March 2016, I hiked 9 times, covering 92 miles and gaining 19,300′ of gain. Where I lacked in quantity, I made up for in quality, as my average distance for each hike was 10.2 miles. Three major hikes and one moderate hike accounted for the majority of the miles I put in. On my two […]

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Trip Report: Dawns Peak (Peak 6582)

“Guys, where’s my food?” Just as I was putting the last odds and ends into my pack, I realized that I could not find the food that I had packed for the trip up to Dawns Peak. The trip had already gotten off to an inauspicious start, as I spilled a gallon of water that […]

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The April Challenge

Every year, usually around April or September, I set up some kind of challenge to push myself to do something that usually involves me hiking a lot more than I normally would. Usually, the challenge involves hiking 30 times in 30 days, which is a sure fire way to get on the trail more often. […]

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The Best Hikes in San Diego (That Almost Nobody Ever Hikes)

If you spend any time on social media, you have seen countless list articles highlighting the “BEST HIKES IN (PICK A LOCATION).” They’ve popped up like mushrooms after rainstorms in the last few years, and it seems like everybody is chipping in. I myself have indulged in writing a few of these articles here, here, and here. They […]

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Trip Report: High Point from Oak Grove

I love the Palomar Mountains. When faced with that question of “what is your favorite hike,” I always try to demure and say that it’s like picking a favorite child. But let’s be honest here. I do have a favorite child, and it is Palomar. It doesn’t matter if it’s the State Park or Cleveland National […]

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Why Should I Have to Follow the Rules?

Note: I reference a number of agencies in this piece. I’ve kept the agencies and workers in question anonymous so as not to break confidence. You’re scrolling through your Instagram over your morning coffee, and you see it: the Goat Canyon Trestle. Some acquaintance you barely know is standing in the middle of the tracks a hundred […]

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