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New adventure with my nephew

The weather was perfect. Got to the trailhead around 8:30. Took my nephew and I 4hrs 35 min to complete the trail. The view was…

Cucamonga Peak

Trail conditions were relatively good; however be prepared to bring some spikes. There was snow as you get closer to the summit.

Santiago Peak

14 Mile round trip.  This was a very difficult hike.  Weather was great with plenty of shade on the way up.  Sunny on the way…

Six packing it with Sawmill

What an adventure getting back into it after a break from hiking with the wildfires. Wanted to bag this peak for a long time and…

18th Peak

This is my 18th peak that I needed to do. I have now done 18 peaks in the past 5 years of this challenge. But…

Fall on Cuyamaca

A nice fall hike up to Cuyamaca Peak. Along the way, we summited Airplane Ridge and Japacha Peaks. Some nice fall foliage, as well as…

Bald Baldy

5:15 AM start is always nice for great parking. I didn’t want to deal with snow and ice so I hiked Baldy Bowl to Ski…

Hot Springs

Was a beautiful hike, saw fall, snow, sun and a cool breeze 😎

Awesome hike

as I hiked sawmill mountain I decide to also do the 3-2-1 challenge. I started at 5am  with 2 other partner.   The hike was…

San Jacinto Snow

  Trail had snow Weather was nice not to cold or hot just peeferct. Beautiful  day to be out celebrating my birthday

Sawmill and Pinos: Wind and Ice

8 AM weekday Mount Pinos and Sawmill Mountain hike a few days after winter’s first light snow. A sunny day with nice temperature, but the…

Hiking for the Prize

Great hike! The last 1/4 to half mile was very difficult but worth the views from the peak. We sat and fueled up and took…

Ontario Peak. Hiking on the snow

Hiking to Ontario Peak was wonderful. Half the trail was covered with snow and there was practically no one on the trail. The best view…

Strawberry Peak

An absolutely gorgeous early morning Strawberry Peak hike from Red Box Canyon. And not a single other person there to enjoy it. Angeles Crest Highway…

Hot Springs Mountain

The first 2 miles of this hike are all uphill.  My quads are going to remember this hike for a few days.  The weather was…

Cuyamaca Peak

Great solo hike on a Monday. There was snow on the ground from the previous storm that had not melted yet and along the trail…

Cuyamaca Rebel Yell

Beautiful hike to the summit of the 2nd tallest peak in San Diego.  The view of the top was amazing, and it was fun to…

Snowy San Jacinto

Started off from the tram closer to 9 am. Reached the summit at 12:55 pm. Luckily the trail had already been broken into and micro…

Volcan Mountain

Perfect weather! The first half was a little steeper than I was expecting, but a great workout for sure. Being able to see out to…

Silly Sitton Scramble

I always enjoy the last 1/4 mile scramble to Sitton Peak! In fact, this scramble is why I now prefer collapsing trekking poles over folding…

Valerie conquers Volcan!

We arrived at 8 am after a two hour drive into Julian…total hike time 2 hours…I wish all the hikes were like this one! We…

Did I miss the Hot Springs?

This was a great hike, the weather was warmer than I had expected, but we still encountered snow on the trail. The hike seems to…

Santiago

Can’t say I was a fan of the bumpy ride to get to the start.  This hike was nothing to write home about but did…

Snow in San Diego

Great day and a great hike. Very enjoyable and very recommend. Very easy, asphalt road to the summit. Be careful of the snow at a…

Sweeter Seventeen!

Our final San Diego hiking excursion saw my friend and I bag SoCal 6-Pack Peak No. 17 of 18. The 13-mile (RT) Oak Grove Trail…

The Best For Last

Due to the COVID Pandemic our plan to complete the SoCal six PoPs was intermittent and a struggle for me. Hot Springs Mountain was a…

18 of 18 – Hot Springs!

COVID-19, fires, weather, and other mountain closures threatened to thwart my goal, but today I completed the final of the 18 peaks. Today I hiked…

Cuyamaca Peak

Cold and windy at top. More snow than expected at the higher elevations

Cuyamaca in the Snow

Fire Road trail remains officially closed but not sure why. Paved road all the way to the top with the upper section mostly covered in…

Cuyamaca Peak

Started at the Azalea Glen Loop trail to Azalea Springs Fire Road to the Lookout Fireroad.  We went this way because we were told the…

Volcan Mountain

Great hike great day. This was our second of 2 six pack of peaks hikes For the day.  Very easy and very enjoyable. Lots of…

Poway park to Mount Woodson

Great place and very enjoyable hike. Pretty easy and trail is very well maintained. Best part of the hike was stopping at potato chip rock.…

High Point

My Friday the 13th 2020 was fabulous! I completed #17 of my 18 peak goal. High Point (Palomar) ~ 13 mi, 3,500 ft gain, 6,138”…

Woodson & Potatoe Chip Rock

Very short & easy hike compared to the original 6, but it was still a good experience. The trail is so well maintained and it…

Volcan & Manzanita Trees

This is such a short hike that we decided to also add Woodson Mountain on the same day to make it worth the trip from…

Sawmill Mountain – Lots of Snow!

I expected some snow to be there, but was surprised when I arrived at Nordic Base how much was there.  Almost the entire trail had…

MT Woodson

Decided to hike up the fireroad to Mt Woodson/Potato Chip Rock for a shorter hike since we were also going to do Volcan the same…

Volcan Mountain

Went up the fireroad and took the 5 oaks trail down. Beautiful day, windy and cold at the top.

Mt Woodson

Started at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve at 2:45pm.  Reached the summit by 4:35pm, just in time for a beautiful sunset.  Weather was amazing, temps in…

Virgin Baldy Snow Summit

My first time summiting Baldy and my first time hiking in the snow.  It was so much fun.  A great experience from start to finish.…

Snow Day

My 7 year old grandson and I hiked this yesterday. First two miles up hill, moderate to strenuous. At about two miles in signs of…

El Cajon Mountain

Chilly early morning hike to El Cajon Mountain on the first day after rains. I really enjoyed the “you are here” elevation profile signs with…

El Cajon Mtn

11/7/2020. Cold, rainy, overcast all throughout the hike. Moderate to hard. Definitely a butt kicker. Lots of greeneries but mostly not tall enough for shades…

Broken Toe Mountain

Hiked today with my Daughter and her BF…and a broken toe. Gate to the campground was closed with a sign saying opening at 8. Someone…

Windy day atop of Baldy

Finally got to do the whole loop. Going up baldy bowl was tuff, there’s 💯 different routes to take. It was blowing about 50mph going…

My Woodson

Great hike with my grandson Brody, The highlight was Potato chip rock!!

Lookout Tower of Power

First couple of miles have most of the gain.  Gets your attention right away.  Great views from the peak of all major peaks across Southern…

High Point

I started at the Oak Grove TH to the right of the fire station. I don’t know if I parked in the correct place but…

Holy Hell Hot Springs!

This hike was a butt kicker! The first 2 miles the incline was intense, our AllTrails app reported that you gain 2334 feet of elevation…

Solo hiker on High Point Palomar

This was my first time on the Oak Grove Trail. I hiked solo on a Monday and had the trail completely to myself. When I…

Mount Baden-Powell Trail

Great weather for an early Baden-Powell hike from Vincent Gap. Not cold, not warm, perfect, and I had the summit all to myself! Only one…

Don’t Shake the Eagle’s Nest

This will be my last trail of the entire challenge since Gorgonio is closed therefore I didn’t complete the challenge. What a bummer year but…

O O O Ontario

Downed trees from saddle to approx 1 mile from peak made for a fun obstacle course lol.

Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak

Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak. We were the ONLY hikers on this entire 14 mile trail. Santiago is the highest peak in Orange County and…

Tough Slog to Cucamonga Peak

Nice cool weather, but quite a slog with all of the elevation and lots of narrow single-track trail on scree. Enjoyed the stream near the…

Ontario and Big Horn Peak

Decided that since we get an extra hour of sleep and earlier sunrise from daylight savings, I should bag that last peak. With many of…

Blown Away by Cuyamaca

Traveled 2 hours to the trailhead, but it was worth it! Took the Azalea Glen loop . Saw a few deer at the start. Nice…

3x – Part 1

Halloween hike included Ontario, Big Horn, and Cucamonga. 15.2mi, 5,600ft gain. Whether due to permits, COVID, Halloween, peaks weren’t too busy and especially on top…

3x – Part 2

Halloween hike included Ontario, Big Horn, and Cucamonga. 15.2mi, 5,600ft gain. Whether due to permits, COVID, Halloween, peaks weren’t too busy and especially on top…

2020 Halloween Summit – Ontario Peak

Since Gorgonio Wilderness is uncertain, I opted to finish my challenge with Ontario Peak.  The weather had the crisp autumn feel .  I thought the…

my oh my Ontario Peak!

I arrived at the parking lot around 7:30 am and were able to find a parking by the side of the road. the parking lot…

Tallest peak in SD

highest peak in SD! This was an amazing hike from start to finish! It started with incline right away, for about 2 miles and then…

Bitter sweet 18

Started early, the hike was beautiful as we changed scenery so many times and I couldn’t believe how green it was. Went to summit that…

Halloween Hiking Fun in a Tutu

My 12th peak of 2020. I’ve doubled my previous challenge and I’m very proud. Hiking on Halloween was a blast, especially in my pink tutu.

Two in a day!

Full trip report and more photos at sdpeakbagger.com

Hot Springs

Wonderful sunrise hike to avoid the heat. First time hiking this trail. Great views all around. The trail offered a wide range of scenery. Definitely…

Two in a day!

After summiting Cucamonga, we returned to Icehouse Saddle and hiked to Ontario! Full trip report and photos at https://www.sdpeakbagger.com/

SD HighPoint

Clear day. No one on the trail.  Good view of the surrounding area on the hike up so remember to look back from time to…

Sitton Peak

Nice easy route for beginners or trail running. Final stretch is unmarked and overgrown – but that’s what makes it fun!! Beautiful day, great trails,…

Sawmill Mountain. The most fun hike

The most fun hike I’ve done this year. Wonderful day, blue sky, cold at the beginning and a moderate level trail with beautiful views. It…

Perfect fall day hike

What a perfect day for this hike. I started out by getting my wilderness pass at the ranger station and them drove up to the…

Ontario the wonderful!

This is the second time I have hiked this peak for the challenge.  I was there a few months back and the place looks different…

Reforestation

I hiked this with my grandson, nice to see the forest coming back from the 2003 fires. The main road leading to peak was closed…

Ontario

Hike was awesome. Lots of trees and shade. Passed by homes? before the saddle. Kelly camp was interesting. Lots of logs to go over or…

Ontario Peak – 8,696

Second of two peaks done in the same day. Southern California 6-Pack of Peaks Challenge 2020,  Done ! Total Distance Climbed – 19,430 feet. Thanks…

Cucamonga!

Beautiful hike. Some parts of the trail were sketchy and rocky but the view was amazing.

Cucamonga

Beautiful hike. Some parts of the trail was rocky and sketchy.

Cucamonga

Beautiful hike. Some parts of the trail was rocky and sketchy.

Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful morning. Brought my dog Shaggy on his first hike. Had the trail to ourself all day long. Did pass a baby rattlesnake on the…

Woodson Mountain (sans Potato Chip)

Bonus hike in the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge — up Mount Woodson (Woodson Mountain?). We hiked with both Lucy and Farley, and were joined by…

The Hardest Hike in San Diego?

This was a solo hike up what is often described as “the hardest hike in San Diego.” I’m not sure if that’s a marketing ploy…

Cuyamaca Peak

It rained a little the day before and into the morning, so by the time I started my dawn hike everything was nice, clean and…

Volcan Mountain Peak

Did you know Volcan Mountain was on the short list for the Hale Telescope, but the prize went to Palomar Mountain? I didn’t until I…

Hot Springs Mountain Peak

Wow! It was a wild windy day! (And my neighborhood in Orange County got hammered with wildfires, again.) I actually didn’t feel any wind for…

Wet and Cold on Cuyamaca

This was a solo hike, up the Azalea Glen Trail to the Lookout Fore Road to the summit, then back down via the Lookout Fire…

Jacinto

Beautiful fall colors. So many clouds. Super windy.

Horizontal Rain on Cuyamaca Peak

On the day of this hike the trail was open, but I’ve since heard it’s closed again. Call the ranger at Paso Picacho Campground to…

Drizzly day on Sutton Peak

It was and awesome day for a fall hike. There was 20% chance of rain so I took my chance. Nice and cool to start…

Rainy but beautiful day in Los Coyotes

A little windy and wet, but beats the heat. Beautiful through the pine/cedar groves and sycamore groves with their fall color. No view today due…

FEELING LIKE FALL

After a wonderful night in Kelly we got up and bagged Ontario.  It was cold and windy.  Love it.  We were the only ones there…

Cucamonga Peak – October 2020

Last minute hike It started out with a last minute call asking to go on hike to Ontario Peak.  I explained I had done that…

Harder going down

I’ve done Cucamonga and Ontario now with Ontario being easier up. Weather was perfect. I honestly can I I never want to see Icehouse Canyon…

Hot Springs Mountain (with tacos)

This trail is 98% double track, 1% single track, and 1% boulder scramble to the summit. The trail travels through chaparral, giant cedar trees and…

Cloudy Sitton Peak Run

Started the hike at 7AM and plenty of parking.  On the way to the trailhead I hit some drizzle on Ortega Highway but for the…

Partly Cloudy in Mt. Baldy

It was my first time hiking Mt. Baldy. I was with my friend who goes there yearly. It was windy and cloudy, yet the view…

Cuyamaca Peak ✅

What an awesome hike! Started at Paso Picacho and took portions of multiple trails up to the peak including Azalea Glen, Conejos, and finally the…

Mount Baldy

This is my second time doing Mt. Baldy and I’d forgotten how tough the hike was but there were so many people (young and older)…

Mt. Baldy highest peak in LA County

Hard climb, stiff, rocky and windy up on the trail to summit.  Very rewarding, never ending spectacular view,  clouds are low while it was sunny…

San Jacinto with my four Kiddos

The last of the sixpack with my Son Cole (18)!  The Deer Springs trail to Little Round Valley and the Summit is in good condition…

ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Backpacked to Kelly Camp.  It was dry camping so our packs were heavy.   Before the day was out we did 5100 feet elevation gain.  most…

Best hike ever🥰beautiful Baldy

Perfect beautiful weather day hike to Mount Baldy , windy at the summit, views are spectacular. Hike Was tough  and steep all the way up…

Peaking Above the Clouds

Got to the parking lot at 6:15 and it as already full , so had to park on the street.  Crowded for the first few…