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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Fantastic Smells and Where to Find Them

Stroll through any corner of San Diego County on a warm spring day, and you'll likely encounter a potent cocktail of intoxicating scents no matter where you go. The relatively unsung olfactory experience of the county's open spaces often proves to be the chief pleasure on many hikes, with hundreds of different plants releasing their …

Trip Report: Pacific Crest Trail: Scissors Crossing to Warner Springs

The San Felipe Hills section of the Pacific Crest Trail wanders, meanders, and squiggles its way through  24 miles of the San Felipe Hills between Scissors Crossing and Montezuma Highway. This segment has a reputation for being hot, difficult, monotonous, and even dangerous. There are no natural water sources, there is no shade until just …