Tag: Mountains

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…

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…

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…

Grand Canyon National Park: South Rim to Phantom Ranch

*Please note that some of the below links in this post are affiliate links. Location: Grand Canyon National Park Elevation Gain: 1800 feet Mileage: 35.6 miles Difficulty: Strenuous Type: Overnight Backpacking Plan far in advance Usually I begin with the background, this time I…

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…

My Picks – May 2017

1. REI Co-op Sit Pad > >>that pad you buy in order to not sit on a hard surface on your hike There’s been plenty of times that I have been on backpacking trips and have to either bring out my mattress from the…

My Picks – February 2017

Winter has hit hard here in California and if you’re making your way to the snow here is some much needed gear for some of your hobbies. Check out my February Picks!

My Picks – November 2016

1. Smartwool NTS 250 Long Underwear Bottoms > >>that base layer you buy for a cold night when camping or a day out on the slopes. IT’S ON SALE NOW AT REIGARAGE. I have an icebreaker base layer that I usually use when I…

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…

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…