Peak a Peak and Go – 100 Peaks T-Shirt now available on Adayak

I just got back from backpacking four days in the Sierra Nevada backcountry and what do I find in my inbox? The 100 Peaks T-shirt is ready to go. It’s been a long time coming, but the 100 Peaks T-shirts are now available at Support and show to everyone that you love the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fox Mountain and Cuyama Peak Lookout Tower – Peaks 25 and 26 – Back on the trail

The Cuyama Peak Lookout Tower

  Fox Mountain Elevation: 5,167′ Cuyama Peak Elevation:  5,878′ Distance: ~5 miles Trailhead Since I have been hiking and backpacking with my daughter lately, I have been choosing shorter hikes. As a result, my hiking endurance has suffered a little bit. In order to get me back into shape for longer hikes, I decided to […]

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 […]

San Guillermo Mountain – Peak #23 – A short steep hike

Last push upward to San Guillermo Mountain

San Guillermo Mountain Elevation: 6,602′ Total Mileage: ~2.2 Trailhead Map  San Guillermo Mountain was the second hike I had done that day. The first was Thorn Point, which was nearly 8 miles and pretty steep. This one was supposed to be a quick 2 mile round trip hike to a Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Section […]

Thorn Point – Peak #22 – Sharing the trail with bear tracks

Thorn Point Lookout Tower

Thorn Point Elevation: 6,920′ Total Mileage: ~7.5 Trailhead Map  It had been a busy week. Actually, it had been a busy month. We finally had a free weekend. Saturday was a nice, relaxing family day that involved swimming, shopping, and dining out. Earlier in the week, I had scoured our family calendar and blocked off […]

San Gabriel Peak, Mount Disappointment, Mount Deception, Mount Markham and Mount Lowe

San Gabriel Peak from the trail

San Gabriel Peak: 6,161′ Mount Disappointment: 5,960′ Mount Deception: 5,796′ Mount Markham: 5,742′ Mount Lowe: 5,603 Trailhead Two years ago, three of us SoCal Bloggers went to Whale Peak. They came to my hood and I tried to show them a good time. Since then, I’ve moved to the Santa Barbara area and started hiking […]

Chief Peak and Nordhoff Peak – #13 & 14 – Beyond the Beard

Craig, doing The Crane on top of Chief Peak

Chief Peak Elevation: 5,560′+ Nordhoff Peak Elevation: 4,485′ Miles: >1 (We cheated a little) Agency: Los Padres National Forest Over the last few months, I’ve been communicating with Craig Carey, the author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura. He gave me some tips on where to camp for my backpacking trip to Mt Pinos […]

Redemption: Day-hiking San Jacinto Peak and living to tell about it

At the top of San Jacinto Peak again

San Jacinto Peak Elevation: 10,834′ Miles: 11.4 Round Trip Gain/Loss: ~4,800′ +/- Time up: 4:18 Time down: 2:41 Flashback: In October 2007, the PD and I, among others, summited San Jacinto Peak as part of an overnight backpacking trip. Bristling with confidence, having had a great deal of past experience hiking and having done well […]