Category: California

California Hikes

Mt. Hawkins via Dawson Saddle – Angeles National Forest

**Originally hiked: October 18, 2018** Trail Data Mileage: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet Location: Angeles National Forest Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: Moderate What to Expect in this Guide Aside from the road being closed to the trailhead we planned on doing, we ended up…

Mt. Baldy, Dawson Peak and Pine Mountain via Backbone Trail: Angeles National Forest

Most people who climb Mt. Baldy go via the Ski Hut Route and do not know that there are a few different ways up to Mt. Baldy, this one being the shorter way up, but not easier. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type Angeles National Forest 8.2 miles…

20 Things to Do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

For about 10 years now, we have been going to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks for Memorial Day and random weekend trips. Sometimes I forget that on the other side of the Eastern Sierras there is the Western Side which is just as…

John Muir Trail: Why We Opted Out of Doing the JMT!

It’s taken me a while to write this, because I’ve been in a funk since we decided to postpone doing the John Muir Trail this year. If you are just tuning in, this March I was awarded permits to do the John Muir Trail, a…

John Muir Trail: Day to Day Plan

The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir — What to Expect in This Post —  Trail Talk – A little background of day-to-day plans and what might change it  Day to Day Plan…

John Muir Trail: Resupply Time

The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir — Trail Talk — It’s been 5 years since I’ve put in for permits to go in August for the John Muir Trail. This…

10,000 Feet Peaks in Southern California

— New Challenge — I’ve always been trying to figure out a good challenge to take on. I have a ton of training above 10,000 feet I need to do because I have two major hikes this year including two peaks above 14,000 feet….

John Muir Trail: Announcement

The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir — Trail Talk — It’s been 5 years since I’ve put in for permits to go in August for the John Muir Trail. This…

Momyer Creek Trail – Falls Creek Trail Loop: San Gorgonio Wilderness

First day we ascended 1 mile vertical; make sure you train before doing this. The trail is in the San Gorgonio Wilderness; the area is a rare treasure only 75 miles away from congested Los Angeles. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type San Gorgonio Wilderness…

Mt. Islip via Windy Gap Loop – Angeles National Forest

There’s many different trails around this area, we opted to take a loop around to hit the top . I’m very fond of loop hikes and this was quite lovely with the fresh coat of snow on the ground. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type…

High Sierra Trail: Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek

“The High Sierra Trail has all the memory-making potential of a much longer hike, packaged into a job-friendly, one-week vacation. There is perhaps no better way to laterally cross the immense Sierra Nevada range on foot.” Zebulon Wallace Soon after I heard that my…

Copper Creek Trail to Grant Basin: Kings Canyon National Park

One of the first backpacking that keeps drawing me back to new trails Location Kings Canyon National Park Elevation Gain 5,320 feet Mileage 18.8 miles Type Out and back Background Copper Creek Trail lies at Road’s End inside Kings Canyon National Park. To enter…