100 peaks in 100 hours – Two of San Diego’s best endurance athletes attempt the impossible

Nick Hollon on Morena Butte

“Can you clarify what you mean by non-stop?” We sat in a coffee shop, respective laptops open before us. I felt old and slow, sitting next to Nick Hollon’s lanky frame, which bristled with energy and focus. He had emailed me, wanting to obtain some insight on tackling San Diego’s 100 peaks. He hadn’t realized that […]

Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

East Mesa highpoint, almost to Granite Springs Trail Camp

Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided to go backpacking. We had already backpacked to Arroyo Seco in […]

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic

Sunshine Mountain from the trailhead

On TV, YouTube, and social media, we constantly see images of people trekking over hundreds of miles, scaling ice walls, sailing across oceans, living out of their vans, and traversing crevasse-ridden glaciers. Then there’s the rest of us. Leading normal lives, yearning to taste even a little bit of what these sponsored athletes are doing. […]

Peak 3339 – Peak 71 – A rocky peak at the edge of the desert

View to the east from Peak 3339

Peak 3339 Elevation: 3,339′ Miles: 6.6 Trailhead Agency: McCain Valley National Wildlife Area (BLM) When scanning the list of remaining peaks I have on the San Diego 100 Peaks list, I realized there was one that wasn’t either a 2-hour drive or had double-digit mileage. As you see, I appeared to have saved the best and most […]

Arroyo Seco Trail Camp – A short backpacking trip in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Sophie Selfie on the Arroyo Seco Trail

Arroyo Seco Trail Camp 3 Miles Round Trip Picnic Tables No Fires While scouting out for a short backpacking trip, Arroyo Seco came to mind. I’ve been keeping my eye on it, since Sophia was too young for backpacking when we left San Diego, but she is a seasoned backpacker now. However, the information online […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I Hike – Dark Spaces on the Map – Part II

Dark Spaces on the Map

A few months back, I wrote about looking out an airplane window and seeing the dark areas of land, unlit by civilization and felt myself being imbued with the desire to discover it. There have been a few themes in my life over the past few months that have been resonating with my motivation to […]

A New Chapter – Leaving San Diego

The Mountains from Stearns Wharf

Like I said in an earlier post. It’s been quiet here. ‘Here’ as in this blog, but not ‘here’ as in my life. 100 Peaks is once again evolving. I am writing from a hotel room. I accepted a position with an incredible company in Santa Barbara. Today was my second day at work and […]

Mount Tule – Peak 66 – A short hike in the rain and wind

The view from the trailhead

Mount Tule Elevation: 4,649′ Miles: 2.25 Trail head (32.71269, -116.23672) Agency: McCain Valley National Co-op Land and Wildlife Management Area It’s always nice to be able to get away. Even if sometimes the hike is the same duration as the drive to and from the trailhead. Sometimes it’s the anticipation of the hike, of the view, […]