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 […]

Please help save a portion of El Cajon Mountain

A last look back at El Cajon Mountain on the way out

Many of us have hiked El Cajon Mountain, or called El Cap by the locals. It’s a challenging hike that seems like it’s uphill both ways. Recently, the San Diego River Park Foundation were presented with an opportunity to acquire one of the three remaining parcels of privately-own land on the mountain. This one is […]

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 […]

Unnamed Ridge Exploration – Taking some time out

The way down the ridge

It was about 10AM on a Sunday. I had had a busy week. I was mentally spent. My wife could tell. Even though we had guests, she asked if I wanted to get out for a hike. I said yes, of course. I needed it. I headed out to East Camino Cielo. There’s a small […]

Grass Mountain – Peak #27 – A rainy day on the trail

Grass Mountain

Grass Mountain Elevation: 3,685′ Distance: 4.6 miles It was Superbowl Sunday. I don’t have cable. I had a free day. I checked the weather report and it was pretty much guaranteed to rain. No problem. My last hike was on Oahu around Thanksgiving. I needed this. I had the rain gear. I decided to head […]

Getting perspective on Ka’ala Ridge in Oahu

On the Mount Ka'ala Trail - Sporting my Columbia Insect Blocker Shirt

I recently went on vacation in Oahu with my family. It was excellent. We had a great room overlooking the ocean, steps to our own lagoon, we swam with green sea turtles, had shave ice, saw a dear friend, visited Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation, drove around the island, and spent plenty of time […]

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 […]

Figueroa Mountain – Peak #24 – An accidental drive-up peak

Pointing out San Rafael Mountain from Figueroa Mountain

Sophia and I had a day all to ourselves. She said she wanted to go hiking and I jumped at the chance. I knew she wanted to go to Seein’ Spots Farm in Santa Ynez. She liked to pet the miniature donkeys and, of course, see the friendliest turkey around, named Twiggy. When Twiggy was rescued, […]

White Mountain Peak – A 14er in a Truly Stunning Landscape

The Barcroft Observatory Dome on the way to White Mountain Peak

White Mountain Peak Elevation: 14,252′ Total Mileage: ~14 Trailhead Map White Mountain Peak is the third highest peak in California and one of the 14ers. I had been wanting to climb this one for a long time, since one of my twitter friends kept posting amazing photos of the area. He also posted a picture of […]

Arlington Peak – Peak #21 – Getting above the clouds

Above the clouds on Arlington Peak

Arlington Peak Elevation: 3,253′ Total Mileage: ~4.5 Trailhead Map  I had attempted Arlington Peak back in December, but a late start, causing me to park about a mile away from the trailhead, and an afternoon appointment made me turn around before I could reach the summit. Another thing I’ve noticed is that on some maps […]