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 […]

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 […]

Sunshine Mountain – SD Peak #62 redo – Too many ticks

Getting close to Sunshine Mountain

I was excited. I was going down to San Diego. We had a party to go to in Coronado and I had an opportunity to go hiking anywhere in San Diego. However, one peak stuck out in my mind: Sunshine Mountain. My first hike to Sunshine Mountain led me to post later on twitter: There's […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Cuyamacas: The Story of San Diego’s High Country

Before I moved to San Diego, I had visited the charming little town of Julian and heard that it was a mining town. I had also visited Lake Cuyamaca and enjoyed the area. Once I moved here and started hiking in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, I was curious about where some of the names came […]

17th annual National Trails Day Comes to Eagle Peak Preserve in San Diego County (Julian) Sat. June 5

This is a beautiful area and, apart from Cedar Creek Falls, much of the area rarely gets visited. I recommend checking it out. From: http://www.sandiegoriver.org/calendar.php (for more information) 06/05 10am National Trails Day — MEMBER HIKE to Cedar Creek Falls from Saddleback Contact Sarah at 619-297-7380 or by email for details. This is a free guided hike […]

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 […]