Green Valley Campground – A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

Our campsite

I knew that Veteran’s Day was coming up and Soph wouldn’t have school, so I decided to take her to Cuyamaca for the night. Her cousins wanted to join her, too. So, three of us fathers, with a total of four daughters packed up two family tents and a bunch of food and headed to […]

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

100 Peaks T-Shirt - Women's

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 Adayak.com. Support 100peaks.com and show to everyone that you love the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Barnett Ranch Preserve – A sunny hike through Ramona grasslands

A slight breeze came up

We were back in San Diego for good and my daughter was on summer vacation. It was time to hike, regardless of how hot it was. We filled up our hydration bladders with ice and water and headed out to Ramona, for a rolling hike through some grasslands. I had driven by Barnett Ranch Preserve […]

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 […]

Hiking along the Santa Ynez River after the rain

Us at the Santa Ynez River

Since the sky decided to open up and rain heavily for three days straight, we wanted to go visit the Santa Ynez River, to see how full it was. After picking up several bags of trash at the picnic area, we went for a stroll along the banks of the river. The Santa Ynez River […]

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 […]

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 […]

Knapp’s Castle – A slice of the past with a great view

The ruins and view from Knapp's Castle

Since the weather turned very cold for the weekend, Sophia and I canceled our trip to Carrizo Plain National Monument. We still wanted to go on a little adventure, so we decided to go somewhere local. We decided Knapp’s Castle. Depending on where you look, the area is either off-limits or open for hiking. During […]