I wish Mt. Woodson would son

I started my hike at 9am. Another great day for a hike, low traffic thanks to the Corona Virus! It’s always fun making the straight…

10/18 El Cajon Mountain

El Cajon Mountain March 22nd, 2020 3 take aways from this hike; and then some: The all trails map says this trail is closed, it…

Go-Go-Santi-A-Go!

*sing to the tune of the Power Rangers theme song…it was either that or “Where in the World Is Carmen Santiago”* Since the Holy Jim…

Snow at Last!

Finally got to hike in some late season snow! Trail was in good condition, areas of snow for the last mile up to the summit,…

Volcan 🖖🏻

This was our second time hiking Volcan Mountain this year, but the first since accepting this challenge. Didn’t mind too much though because it’s a…

Strawberry Peak

Great hike. Last mile to the top was hard.  Lots of snow along the trail but the trail was fine. Not a lot of people…

I do not Sit on Sitton Peak

The hike was great! Parts of the trail were a little muddy but overall, it was doable. The sign was still at the peak. And…

Views for miles!

360 degree views from Laguna Beach to San Jacinto. Loved seeing the Pacific Ocean and the snow topped mountains from afar. Trail was semi-shady. One…

Number 9 of 36!

Good vibes with friends & family & my brother’s first hike/ summit ⛰️! Kicking it off with shots of @los_sundays Tequila on a Sunday to…

Baldy via Ski Hut

Hiked with 1 other person. Not many people on the trail past the falls, especially in the morning. Maybe saw 15 people on the trail…

#6!!!! Sitton Peak

#6!! Good hike. Bringing poles were a good idea. Last half mile or so was very steep, narrow, and the trail was eroded. Views were…

Chip

It was a great hike, the weather was perfect  beautiful view.

Potato chip rock

Awesome trails and the weather was perfect. Not hard at all.

no SITTON around

The trail was hard packed for the most part with a couple muddy sections from the recent rains. The scramble to the peak is always…

Santiago peak

En esta caminata la empezamos tarde 3 pm pensamos mi esposo y un amigo sería  rápida 9.9 millas pero no contamos que estaba cerrada la…

COVID/Social Distancing Hike #1

Not a bad hike if you don’t make numerous wrong turns and double back on yourself! Definitely use Gaia GPS or All Trails Maps to…

Isolation hike

Pretty easy hike. Well shaded. Very quiet right now. Good weather. Very little snow on the top. Excellent views

Potato Chip – round 2

More people than I thought there would be. Good weather. Little chilly at times, but it kept the sun off of us most of the…

Walk in the clouds

Trail was great. Hefty incline in loose rocks.  Perfect hiking weather… cold and chilly at the summit. Last couple miles through clouds.

Social distancing at its best!

I took the Ramona side up to Potato Chip Rock to try and protect the muddy other side a little bit! Beautiful crisp, partly cloudy…

Not Hot Not Spring Mountain

Since we tried to go here the day before, we came back today after the rain. The trailhead starts in the Los Coyotes Reservation. It’s…

The Peak of Social Distancing

We drove down to do another peak, but it was pouring rain there. So we continued to drive to Lake Poway to do the hike…

When in doubt… go Hiking!

Hike was beautiful! We picked a great time to do this one! Typically hot but today was cool in the 50’s and hit a little…

Mt. Woodson

…a little chilly, a tiny bit of rain, but a great hike with gorgeous views, and hardly any other hikers on the trail!

St. Patty’s Day Volcan Mountain

Started at 7:50 am and it was slightly drizzling. As I got higher, the rain was heavier, but also little snow flurries came down. As…

Sit on Sitton Peak

Met a fellow teacher on extended break due to Coronavirus for this long but fairly easy hike!  Last ascent (upon diverging from the truck trail)…

Ruffled Potato Chip

I hiked up from Highway 67 on a chilly late afternoon to catch the sunset on Mt Woodson.  This hike is a short but fairly…

Strawberry Peak Hike

First hike of the 2020 Challenge. As someone looking to get their feet wet, this is an amazing first hike to begin for beginners. In…

‘Tis the season to be freezin’

This was a beautiful cold, clear, wind free day. There was no problem finding parking, it was relatively empty upon arrival around noon. We noticed…

March Madness

Spooky vibes walking up to the Hubble Gateway in dense fog. Quiet and chilly accent for the most part. Once we broke out into the…

CuyaBigMaca Peak

Hiked with a slower-paced friend of mine…put some 5 (or 10?) pound ankle weights on, as I knew it wouldn’t be that challenging for an…

Volcan

Just coming off of a disc replacement.  Good hike to get me started again.

Hike in the rain

Light rain with wind about 10mph and cold at the summit.

Plan B

Our planned hike out to Collins and Knob Benchmarks for my Sierra Club San Diego Peaks 89/90 was aborted due to a closed gate, so…

Volcan Mountain

Fun hike, some nice elevation gain at beginning. Clouds moving in from storm coming. It was probably blowing 30-50 at the top made for an…

Tallest Mountain in San Diego!

It was a nice cool day for this hike. Temps were around 50 at the trailhead and dropped to high 30’s at the summit. There…

Hot Springs Mountain

So excited we were able to get out in between rain storms up to Hot Springs Mountain and get my 2nd peak!  It was beautiful…

Mount Wilson

Wow, what a day! This was #10 on my list of completing all 18 SoCal Peaks. I chose to do the Sturtevant-Winter Creek Trail Loop,…

We hike for the views

If there’s anything that’ll help motivate me during a peak…it’s a sign, bench, or a sighting of the top. Wellllll today was not that day…

One Step at a Time

Perfect time of year to do this…no bugs!  We had a cloudy, bit misty day so we did not get to experience the view; but…

¡EL CAP!

If you’ve done any research into El Cajon Mountain Summit, you may have heard that it’s “uphill both ways”. Well, that’s absolutely true, thanks to…

San Bernardino Snow… Swim?

All of our snow hikes have been in the San Gabriels, so we’ve grown accustomed to ice, hard neve, and the occasional patch of knee…

El Cavation

Climb, climb, climb – lots of hills and valleys. Elevation gain is worth the view!

El CajOn

Had a good time hiking this spot. Not crowded.. probably because the trail was closed due to recent erosion from the rain. It was doable…

Volcan Mountain

Beautiful view from the summit.  Surrounded by golden hills.  A bit windy at the top.  Had a fun time hiking with great friends.

High Point

This was a great hike! The weather was cloudy and cold at the top. However I was able to see some views going up but…

Steep Equals Beautiful

Steep the first few miles, but so worth the views.  Started extra early to try for two hikes.  Green delight and gorgeous views all around. …

WILSON! 🏐🏐🏐

Love this hike! Some minor obstructions (recently fallen trees, mud/rock slides) but otherwise the trail is in excellent condition, which really made for a fast…

Italy to Ireland

This was sweet trail, very different from what I am used to in Southern California.  This time of year at the base it reminded me…

The Long One

It was nice and cool, which we appreciated because this is a long hike. Our longest at that point, and I regretted not having more…

Fun

It was very interesting hike, I usually don’t go evenings, it was fun nice trail. It’s perfect for training for long hiking trails. And of…

Misty Mountain Hop

When I first signed up for the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge hiking Mt Wilson on my birthday was a goal I set. Come hell or…

Corona virus get away

With all the madness goin on with the corona virus we decided to get away in the mountains away from big crowds away from fights…

Live Long and Prosper Mountain

A bit muddy in some spots, but not too bad.  A little overheating in the initial ascent, but glad I had those extra layers as…

Great training peak

Beautiful San Diego gem, would have loved there to be a hot springs at the summit!

Potato Chip Rock- Mt Woodson

The weather has been uncharacteristically wet for sunny San Diego, so although this hike has been on the books for months, we made a last…

Volcan

It was very drizzly and foggy. I would like to go back and really see the trail and its surroundings. Loved the entry gate!

Wet Day on Wilson

Started at Chantry Flat and hiked on to Sturtevant Falls. Made our way through both camps and slugged away to the top. Once at the…

Live Long and Prosper

It was Rainy Windy and Cold, glad I had plenty of layers! Steady Incline the top, however the trail is lined with these amazing trees…

Enchanting!

This place has a special energy. I didn’t imagine after the long Steep climb that the Views would change and you’re walking through this enchanting…

A hike on a rainy day

It was gloomy, weather forecast says it’ll rain at 10:50am, we started at 7:30 am, we reached the peak at 9:30, the sign was not…

Ontario

Left home at 500am and arrived at Ice House by 600am, forgetting it was the first day of daylight savings change. Very dark! After waiting…

Ontario Peak

March 9th was planned to do my second attempt to do Ontario Peak in winter time. And since I dont have a lot of experience…

Sitton Peak

It was a perfect day for a hike. Low 60s for most of it but Gusty colder winds at the summit so make sure to…

Unbelievable

Amazing hike, the trails is good condition,weather was perfect but it’s very windy on top, make sure you have your ears head warm. there is…

Sweet Strawberry

This is a very scenic hike… beautiful views from beginning to end.  It just gets better as you reach the summit.  Yes, the false peaks…

Wind Swept

This one was cold, wet and windy. Trail was in fantastic shape given the conditions. Definitely an easy hike for the fury friends.

Off road peak

Santiago peak up Maple springs trail. Never been on this trail even though I lived in Orange County and could see saddle back on a…

Potato Chip Challenge #1

perfect weather for hiking today, partially cloudy, It was challenging at the beginning and at the rock stairs, but the views are!

Yucca

Clear and fun hike. Trails were clear and easy to follow. Beware just when you think you are done there are a few extra hills…

Beautiful Day

When we started the trail it was raining a little but then it was partly cloudy.

Santiago peak

trail conditions were as expected  for an off road drive. Weather was a little cold, It felt great hiking and being able to smell and…

Cuyamaca Peak

I finally finished my San Diego Six! Cuyamaca was the last on that list and I got out to an early start Sunday morning due…

Freaking Cold Springs Mountain

Daylight savings time- I was out late the night before, knew I would sleep through my cell phone alarms, so I set both of my…

Volcan Mountain

Chilly morning after a night of rain. Good hike to have many layers with you. Very windy at the summit but overall a nice and…

A walk above the clouds

A chilly and foggy but perfect day to hike Hot Springs Mtn. Ice in the trees that would blow down. Gorgeous views in between the…

Sitton Peak

Cool weather.  Not a lot of people.  Good hike!  Very “foresty.”  Last 1/4 mile very difficult – bring poles for up and down.  Well worth…

Raining Icicles

First Peak of the Challenge and of the 2020 in fact. I’ve checked the weather conditions for this hike for two weeks and my patience…

Hang On to Your Hat!

Did this after a rainy night camping at William Heise after doing Woodson the previous day. It was cold and very windy, but the sun…

San Antonio

I was nice on the bottom, on top windy and cold

San G. North Face Chute Climb

Hiked up to Dry Lake and set up camp for an early morning summit.  Trail from South Fork to Dry Lake was covered by multiple…

Strawberry Peak

Perfect day to hike with this being a full exposure hike. Overcast.

Butt burner

Cloudy and cool day. Perfect for a Mt Wilson summit.  Crowds we at a minimum too.

Strawberry celebration!

Series of peaks, your not there till you are there …. boldering, steep climbs, tame at first.  I enjoy this hike, lots of challenges that…

Mt. Wilson

Cold AF at the top. Sturevent Camp is the best with hot coffee cake!!

Strawberry Peak

Oh the last mile and the false summits. When you think you might be there, you’re not.

Sawmill without Snowshoes 😕

We were hoping that snowshoeing would be an option between Piños and Sawmill but that wasn’t the case.  It was very icy but not snowshoe…

Sitton Pretty

It’s not Spring yet, but that didn’t stop the wildflowers from blooming. There were many different ones that were purple, red, orange, yellow and white.…

1st peak

Beautiful day for a hike…

Frozen Strawberries

This was a great warm up hike for the peaks to come, but in no way was it warm.  Even though there was no snow…

Sitton Peak

Last half a mile is straight up!  Good training hike.

Wind blown on Baden-Powell

Beautiful day on baden Powell, increases difficult with the snow, 7 switchbacks in and spikes are needed. Crampons are ideal further up but spikes will…

Cuyamaca “sunset”

I arrived at the campground parking around 4:30 pm in an attempt to catch the sunset at the peak. It was $10 to park. I…

Furry friend at Sawmill Mountain…

Parked at Mt. Pinos campground took McGill trail to Mt.Pinos then took Vincent Tumamait trail to Sawmill…spent some time reading the mountain contours to practice…

7th Peak of 2020

This was the most difficult peak because of the rocky wash basin and scramble at the top. It’s steep and slippery. Glad I did it,…

Sawmill

Hiked up to Sawmill from the Nordic Center.  Trail covered with hard snow/ice for most of the way.  Microspikes on for most of the trip. …

Strawberry Peak

Nice comfortable weather for our Saturday morning hike. Had my son and his fiancé together with my Trail Sisters tackle Strawberry Peak today. We ran…

Sitton Peak via Bear Canyon Trail

Headed out on the trail around 7am. The first two miles were a breeze. We approached some cool looking trees, then made a right and…

9/18 San Gorgonio

San Gorgonio March 7th-8th, 2020 3 take aways from this hike; and then some: We hiked starting from the south fork trail. Our schedule was…

Third Times the Charm!!

Started off in the drizzle and by the time we got to the peak the skies opened up to beautiful sunshine. Perfect weather, perfect temps…