Volcan Mountain – SD Peak #68 – Golden hills with a great view

Almost to the top of Volan Mountain

Volcan Mountain Elevation: 5,719′ Total Mileage: ~5 Trailhead Map Agency: Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve We headed out to Volcan Mountain a day after my hike with Sophia to Barnett Ranch Preserve. The PD and I decided to get some trail time in as training for our upcoming backpacking trips. I also had just moved back home to […]

Lockwood Peak – SB Peak #7 – An Interesting Encounter with a Prospector

Lockwood Peak Trail Map

Lockwood Peak Elevation: 6,261′ Miles: ~6 Miles Trail head Agency: Los Padres National Forest “A few years back, a bear surprised me in the canyon there, on the other side of that ridge. That was before I carried this,” he said, patting his hip. It was at this point that I noticed he had a revolver […]

Back to La Cumbre Peak – This time with a brave little girl

Soph at the La Cumbre Peak overlook bench

We were hanging out at the Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta. We looked up to the mountains to the north. I asked, “Do you want to go to top of that today?” “Yup,” She said. She had seen my pictures from my previous trips up to La Cumbre Peak and was fascinated with the lookout […]

Combs Peak – Peak #15

Combs Peak Trail Map

Elevation: 6,193′ Miles: 4.7 Trailhead This was my first 100 Peaks hike with an adult companion, Robb Boyle, another adventure blogger and peakbagger who wanted a change from the charred slopes of Angeles National Forest. It was nice to be able to chat about our respective experiences along the trails. The peaks is also listed on […]

Eagle Peak – Peak #10 – Double-Digit Milestone

Boulder Creek to the San Diego River Valley

After a wonderful drive through some of the most scenic areas of San Diego County, including East Ramona and Santa Ysabel, I arrived at the trailhead. I didn’t pass anyone on the road, and there were no other cars on the trailhead. I was happy to have some quiet time on the trail. While on […]