Cemetery Hill – SD Peak #69 – A Short Backpacking Trip Bathed in Sunset Light

Our tent on Cemetery Hill

Cemetery Hill Elevation: 3,459′ Total Mileage: 3.6 Trailhead Map Agency: Cleveland National Forest I had gotten settled back into San Diego. It had been a couple of months since the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra. I had only gotten out for some short hikes around my house. I’ve been curious about a place in Cleveland […]

Muir Taco – Four Days in the Sierra Nevada from Bishop Pass

Jeff, continuing to descend into Le Conte Canyon with Langille Peak dominating

We had a mission for Muir Taco: Deliver fresh carne asada tacos and cold beer to unsuspecting hikers along the John Muir Trail at the Muir Hut at the top of Muir Pass. While we missed our ultimate destination goal, we had a great time in the Sierra Nevada, saw some stunning scenery, and, in […]

San Gorgonio Mountain – No summit, but a great overnight backpacking trip

Sunset view from High Creek Camp

This hike was to be a training hike for our upcoming backpacking trip into the Sierra. The idea was to do an overnight trip to High Creek Camp and wake up the next morning to summit San Gorgonio Mountain and make it back to the car. Well, half of us made that trip. The PD […]

Arroyo Seco Trail Camp – A short backpacking trip in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Sophie Selfie on the Arroyo Seco Trail

Arroyo Seco Trail Camp 3 Miles Round Trip Picnic Tables No Fires While scouting out for a short backpacking trip, Arroyo Seco came to mind. I’ve been keeping my eye on it, since Sophia was too young for backpacking when we left San Diego, but she is a seasoned backpacker now. However, the information online […]

Montgomery Potrero and McPherson Peak – A Backpacking Trip

Painted Rock Campsite

Total Trip Length: 33.5 miles in 3 days This trip to Montgomery Potrero started like many things do: in a bar, over drinks. Several coworkers and I were sitting around chatting, and, as most conversations with me go, it turned to hiking and the outdoors. All three of us were experienced backpackers and were eager […]

Backpacking Reyes Peak – A windy campsite with a great view

My backpacking partner

Sophia and I wanted to get some backcountry fun in before the cold fall weather comes rolling in. We decided to try our hands at backpacking Reyes Peak. I had been to Reyes Peak once and ended up hiking to Haddock Mountain on the same day. I really thought the area was beautiful and I […]

If you go Hiking and Backpacking in Santa Barbara and Ventura, get this book

Hiking and Backpacking in Santa Barbara and Ventura

After spending years reading Jerry Schad’s essential Afoot and Afield in San Diego County, I moved to Santa Barbara and, with my feet firmly in the warm sand at the beach, stared at the gorgeous mountains to the north, and started planning how I was going to get know them as well as I did […]

Camping in Cleveland National Forest – A rarely visited area

Camping in Cleveland National Forest

Combining other errands with camping in Cleveland National Forest turned out to be a pretty good idea. Since we had things to do on Friday and then Saturday morning, we got a late start, heading east through Ramona, reaching the trailhead at around 5:30. The PD and I had hiked in this area before, so […]

Chicken Spring Lake Backpacking Trip – Mother Nature had other plans

Chicken Spring Lake

For this Summer’s backpacking trip, I decided to invite a group of people that don’t normally get into the outdoors. I searched for a place that was fairly accessible, yet still offered backpacking newcomers a glimpse of the beauty that is Sierra Nevada. Chicken Spring Lake, less than 5 miles from the Horseshoe Meadows Trailhead […]