Category: California

California Hikes

Cactus to Clouds – Palm Springs to Mt. San Jacinto

Where: Mount San Jacinto State Park Mileage: 23 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation gain: 10,400 ft Type: Out-and-to tram Cactus to Clouds isn’t just some hike you wake up and say I feel like hiking 23 miles today. Do not consider this hike unless you… Continue Reading “Cactus to Clouds – Palm Springs to Mt. San Jacinto”

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Pear Lake Ski Hut – Sequoia National Park

Where: Sequoia National Park Mileage: 12.9 miles Elevation gain: 3000 ft Difficulty: Difficult Type: Out-and-back Background Pear Lake Ski Hut (also called “Pear Lake Ranger Station”) is a small ski hut nestled 6 miles deep off the highway in Sequoia National Park near Wolverton.… Continue Reading “Pear Lake Ski Hut – Sequoia National Park”

Pine Creek to Honeymoon Lake – Inyo National Forest

Where: Inyo National Forest Mileage: 12 miles, option to do Pine Creek & Italy Passes adding 19 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Elevation gain: 3000 ft to Honeymoon Lake Type: Out-and-back To get to the trailhead: Coming from Los Angeles from the 14 take… Continue Reading “Pine Creek to Honeymoon Lake – Inyo National Forest”

San Ysidro Trail – Los Padres National Forest

Where: Los Padres National Forest Mileage: 10.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation gain: 3000 feet Type: Out-and-back To get to the trailhead: From US 101 South take San Ysidro exit. Turn left on San Ysidro. East Valley Rd. make a right. Park Lane. will… Continue Reading “San Ysidro Trail – Los Padres National Forest”

Mt. Hawkins via Islip Saddle – Angeles National Forest

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 10.1 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 2200 feet Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From 210 take Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) for about 39 miles to Islip Saddle. The parking lot is across the street from the… Continue Reading “Mt. Hawkins via Islip Saddle – Angeles National Forest”

Little Baldy – Sequoia National Park

Where: Sequoia National Park Mileage: 3.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: 739 feet Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Dorst Campground drive about 1.5 miles South. You will see a large sign on the left side of the road “Little Baldy Trailhead”.… Continue Reading “Little Baldy – Sequoia National Park”

Peanut Lake via Meysan Lakes Trail – Inyo National Forest

Where: Inyo National Forest Mileage: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation gain: 3000 feet Type: Out-and-back   Permits: To hike Meysan Lakes overnight you can either walk-up and get a permit at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine for free or… Continue Reading “Peanut Lake via Meysan Lakes Trail – Inyo National Forest”

Chicken Spring Lake – Golden Trout Wilderness

Where: Golden Trout Wilderness Mileage: 8.6 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Easy Elevation gain: 1330 feet Recommended: swim suit if it’s summer and you want to swim   To get to the trailhead: Take Route 395 from the city of Lone Pine, turn west on Whitney… Continue Reading “Chicken Spring Lake – Golden Trout Wilderness”

Cactus to Clouds Attempt

May 8th, this Sunday I will be testing my limits with a small group who is attempting a hike called “Cactus to Clouds”, a 23 mile hike in one day. Midnight we will start off on our journey from Palms Springs, taking step by… Continue Reading “Cactus to Clouds Attempt”

Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats – Angeles National Forest

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 15.2 Type: Out and back Difficulty: Strenuous Elevation gain: 4200 feet Recommended: lots of water, start early To get to the trailhead: From Los Angeles go East on 210. Exit on Santa Anita Rd. and head north by making a… Continue Reading “Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats – Angeles National Forest”