Peak 3339 – Peak 71 – A rocky peak at the edge of the desert

View to the east from Peak 3339

Peak 3339 Elevation: 3,339′ Miles: 6.6 Trailhead Agency: McCain Valley National Wildlife Area (BLM) When scanning the list of remaining peaks I have on the San Diego 100 Peaks list, I realized there was one that wasn’t either a 2-hour drive or had double-digit mileage. As you see, I appeared to have saved the best and most […]

Square Top – San Diego Peak #67 – Celebrating Brian’s 100th Peak

Square Top, looming above us

Square TopElevation: 4,649′ Distance: 8.4 miles Trailhead Agency: Anza Borrego Desert State Park When I got invited to this hike, I felt privileged. I have been following Brian’s progress on San Diego Peaks for several years on Google+, but I really didn’t know him. His frequent summits all around San Diego County left me homesick for […]

A New Chapter – Leaving San Diego

The Mountains from Stearns Wharf

Like I said in an earlier post. It’s been quiet here. ‘Here’ as in this blog, but not ‘here’ as in my life. 100 Peaks is once again evolving. I am writing from a hotel room. I accepted a position with an incredible company in Santa Barbara. Today was my second day at work and […]

Mount Tule – Peak 66 – A short hike in the rain and wind

The view from the trailhead

Mount Tule Elevation: 4,649′ Miles: 2.25 Trail head (32.71269, -116.23672) Agency: McCain Valley National Co-op Land and Wildlife Management Area It’s always nice to be able to get away. Even if sometimes the hike is the same duration as the drive to and from the trailhead. Sometimes it’s the anticipation of the hike, of the view, […]

Whale Peak – Peak #60 – Sometimes things don’t go as planned

Whale Peak Summit Sign

Whale Peak Elevation: 5,350′ Total Mileage: ~10 Trailhead Map (33.05165, -116.36605) This hike was supposed to be a grand day of hiking involving up to six Southern California bloggers. I was supposed to be the knowledgeable host, guiding my guests around the San Diego backcountry. I had hand-picked two hikes to show two distinct regions […]

Bonny, White, The Thimble, and Ysidro – Peaks 58 and 59 – What a difference weather makes

Vivid Anza-Borrego flower bloom on the way back

  Bonny Benchmark Elevation: 4,574′ White Benchmark Elevation: 5,326′ The Thimble Elevation: 5,779′ Ysidro Benchmark Elevation: 6,147′ Total Mileage: 7.96 Trailhead Map (33.210596, -116.49509) It’s amazing the difference that weather can make on a hike. About a month and a half ago, I attempted this same hike. The weather was cold, but the wind, combined […]

Bonny and White Benchmarks – Peaks 55 and 56 – On the edge of Anza-Borrego Desert SP

Dangerous Game Trail

Bonny Benchmark Elevation: 4,574′ White Benchmark Elevation: 5,326′ Total Mileage: 5.26 Trailhead Map (33.210596, -116.49509) Sometimes the stars align and everything makes for a perfect hiking day. This was not one of those times. Granted, any day of hiking is better than doing almost anything else, but some conditions can be more challenging than others. […]

Piedras Grandes and Indian Hill – Peaks #32 and #33 – A Loss of a loved one

Train Tunnel near Carrizo Canyon

Piedras Grandes Elevation: 2,601′ Miles: ~2 Trailhead Indian Hill Elevation: 2,240′ Miles: ~2 Trailhead On this Sunday morning, I scrambled atop a small rise and saw a large coyote turn and look at me, then run down the rise into the desert floor below, joining other coyotes to disappear among the cactus and chaparral. The […]

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – Come for the wildflower bloom, stay for the scenery

The Beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 200 Palm Canyon Dr Borrego Springs, CA 92004 760-767-5311 Agency: California State Parks Other Links: The Anza-Borrego Foundation The Anza-Borrego Natural History Organization Encompassing 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert SP is one third of San Diego County. While mostly desert, there are a few places in the higher elevations that have some […]