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, […]

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 […]

The Two Year Anniversary of 100 Peaks – A Pause for Reflection

Myself, taking a photo on a windy peak

Last week, a day after I hiked Boucher Hill, I passed the two year mark. It’s been two years since I saw the San Diego Sierra Club’s List and decided I wanted to hike them all and write a guidebook about it. It’s been two years since I hiked Iron Mountain for the first time, […]

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 […]

Peak #61 – P1755 – Clevenger Canyon South – A Chair with a View

Clevenger Canyon South Trail Map

Peak 1755 Elevation: 1,755′ Total Mileage: 4.4 Trailhead Map (33.08537, -116.92236) Things have been a little busy since my last hike. If I do one peak a month, it’s going to take me years to finish this. Once again, I had to dust off the cobwebs as I parked at the trailhead and made my […]

Whale Peak – Peak #60 – Sometimes things don’t go as planned

Whale Peak Summit Sign

Whale Peak Elevation: 5,350′ Total Mileage: ~10 Trailhead Map (33.05165, -116.36605) This hike was supposed to be a grand day of hiking involving up to six Southern California bloggers. I was supposed to be the knowledgeable host, guiding my guests around the San Diego backcountry. I had hand-picked two hikes to show two distinct regions […]

Bonny, White, The Thimble, and Ysidro – Peaks 58 and 59 – What a difference weather makes

Vivid Anza-Borrego flower bloom on the way back

  Bonny Benchmark Elevation: 4,574′ White Benchmark Elevation: 5,326′ The Thimble Elevation: 5,779′ Ysidro Benchmark Elevation: 6,147′ Total Mileage: 7.96 Trailhead Map (33.210596, -116.49509) It’s amazing the difference that weather can make on a hike. About a month and a half ago, I attempted this same hike. The weather was cold, but the wind, combined […]