Long Valley Peak – Peak 65 – Hiking with the PD in a Fire Ant Swarm

Some of the many shotgun shells we saw on Pine Valley Road

  Long Valley Peak Elevation: 4,833′ Total Mileage: ~5 Trailhead Map (32.81667, -116.53275) I was initially planning on hiking Palomar Mountain on this day, but, at the 11th hour, literally, I decided on something with a little less distance and gain. Besides, it’s a long drive to Palomar and I wanted to get in more […]

Bell Bluff – Peak 64 – A vigorous bushwhack over the Sweetwater River

Approximate Route - Annotated picture of Bell Bluff

Bell Bluff Elevation: 3,409′ Total Mileage: 7 Agency: Cleveland National Forest Trailhead Map (32.81348, -116.73607) It was going to be a hot day. And there was going to be bushwhacking. I knew it before getting into this. I had read the trip reports and did all the research I could. I was as prepared as […]

Boucher Hill – Peak #63 – Will this peak be closed with Palomar Mountain State Park?

Boucher Hill Trail Map

Boucher Hill Elevation: 5,438′ Total Mileage: 3.5 Agency: Palomar Mountain State Park Trailhead Map (33.33195, -116.90684) After reading a recent article about the renovation of the Boucher Hill Fire Lookout Tower and knowing that Palomar Mountain State Park is slated to be closed as a result of budget cuts from Sacramento, I decided to make Boucher Hill […]

Peak #62 – Sunshine Mountain – Having the mountain to yourself

Sunshine Mountain Trail Map

Sunshine Mountain Elevation: 3,154′ Total Mileage: 2 Trailhead Map (32.99130, -116.68375) I had been wanting to get back to this part of San Diego since my hike to Eagle Peak. I also was eyeing this area when I was driving through on the way to Cedar Creek Falls. It looked great on the map and […]

Manza Benchmark – Peak 53 – A Windy Hike along the Sunset Trail in Mount Laguna

The Trail through the trees

This topic has been coming up a lot lately in my conversations: Have you ever met an unfriendly hiker? In all sorts of other recreational activities, it seems like there are hotheads and inconsiderate people. But hikers, in my experience, reach some sort of meditative state where they are at some sort of peace with […]

Corte Madera Mountain and Los Pinos Mountain – Peaks 51 and 52 – The Half Dome of San Diego

Old Telephone Pole on the way down from Los Pinos Mountain

Well, we all make mistakes. And sometimes I make them more than once. I know better, I truly do. But sometimes it’s in our nature to try for the easy way out, which ends up by being not so easy. We got a really early start in the morning, meeting at my local coffee shop […]

San Diego River Park Foundation – A Grand Vision

San Diego River Watershed

San Diego River Park Foundation PO Box 80126 San Diego, CA 92138-0126 info@SanDiegoRiver.org 619-297-7380 Their vision and goals The San Diego River Park Foundation envisions a grand park, reaching from the mountains, all the way to the sea. It is seen as a 52-mile park that follows the San Diego River, from the foot of […]

Hikers, dog rescued near Cedar Creek Falls

From North County Times: “RAMONA —- Four hikers suffering from heat exhaustion were rescued Saturday in Cleveland National Forest, officials said. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection workers responded at about 4 p.m. to reports that hikers had suffered heat exhaustion on the Cedar Creek trail, CalFire Capt. Daryll Pina said. He said rescuers […]

Peaks #35-38 – Four Peaks and a Waterfall Near Julian

Snake on Cedar Creek Road

      Oak Benchmark Elevation: 3,965′ Miles: ~1 Peak 4159 Elevation: 4,159′ Miles: 1.5 Ant Benchmark Elevation: 3,920′ Miles: 1.8 Peak 1546 Elevation: 1,546′ Miles: 3.4 (4.5+ total to the falls and back) Once again, I set out to summit multiple peaks in a day. The hiking distance to each peak would be fairly […]

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area – Meadows and peaks at the edge of the desert

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area Descanso Ranger District – Cleveland National Forest Owen Martin, District Ranger 3348 Alpine Boulevard Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 445-6235 Agency: Cleveland National Forest Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is located about 45 minutes from downtown San Diego and is adjacent to Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, is part of the Cleveland National Forest, and is […]