Sizing Up Six Peaks in Six Days

It would be difficult to accurately describe how badly this hike hurt me. Ears were ringing. Nausea was ravaging. Water was scarce. This hike was…

Hot Mt Sizer Loop Hike

Hot hike.  Day started off early, arrived at the park at 7:30am, and started hiking at 7:45am.  Temperature was in the mid-60’s at this point.…

Nice shortcut

The day started pretty foggy but it cleared up before too long.  We did the clockwise loop and it was a challenging hike,  but I…

Rough Day at Sizer

Long hot day, 90 degrees.  Trail was exposed for long stretches, and no water out on the trail.  Ran out of water around mile 13,…

Cloudy Mt Sizer Loop

This was an okay day out in Henry Coe, heading up to Mt Sizer and around the loop. Overcast skies made everything a bit drab.…

Mount Sizer

Hiking Sizer is pretty awesome!  It was raining and tough on the legs but all 5 of us got through it and felt accomplished.  The…

Mount Sizer 2020

Hot with limited shade. Parking was not yet open so I hiked in. Very quiet hike with ample elevation challenges. Bugs were everywhere. “Shortcut” appeared…

That’s no short cut!

The road in was closed, so had to park on a turnout and hike into the park. Took me a while to find my way…

Mt Sizer One More Time

Last November Laura and I did Mt Sizer to support our friend Jenny who was working on her first Six Pack Challenge. We packed in…

Mt. Sizer Loop Counterclockwise

Almost forgot to log this one.  Hiked with Christine just before the shelter in place order took effect.  We spent the night night before our…

Mt. Sizer

Even with rain in the forecast, we decided to go for Mt. Sizer and finish our six pack of peaks.  We had some rain, but…

Seizing Sizer

This one requires a lace-em-up, suck-it-up and keep moving attitude.  The climb out of Coyote Creek is no joke but reaching the top provides worthy…

Mt Sizer Super Climb

Another beautiful day for a hike! I was very happy to have hiking poles for this one. The loop we took to the peak and…

Beautiful day hiking Mt Sizer

Beautiful warm day hiking to Mt. Sizer. The Hobbs Road “shortcut” didn’t disappoint – what a workout! Don’t normally use hiking poles but glad I…

My 1st Peak Challenge, Mt. Sizer

The weather was perfect, blue skies & you can view mountain ranges at 360 degrees. We were a group of 8 active adults & most…

Mt Sizer

Started at Henry Coe HQ, hiked counter clockwise, spent the night at Madrone Springs (lots of ladybugs!). Next day took Mile Trail to Poverty Flat,…

Hike #5 Mount Sizer Again

Beautiful hike along the Blue Ridge. No peak with 360 degree views, still beautiful. Perfect weather, clear, no rain, no wind, sunny with a few…

#5 Mount Sizer

Carried 72 oz. of water. Temp high of 69 degrees. Needed more water. Very pretty hike. Mount Sizer: a peak, that’s not a  peak. No…

Sizing up Sizer

Nice weather, temperature in the 50s.  Could see the snow capped Sierras to the East.   Definitely some crazy steep trail sections, one ~1 mile…

Seizing the Sizer Moment

Starting 2020 with a strong finish of the Six Pack of Peak Challenge in January. A great year of setting and breaking PR records. Thank…

Snow on Sizer!

Wow this was a challenge! Slippery snow conditions on the downhill. Quite a few downed trees on the trail. Freezing water to walk through. That…

Sizer in White

Recent snowfall tranformed Coe Park into a winter wonderland. Down Monument Trail, birdsong and forest murmurs accompanied my rhythmic crunching of snow and ice. Footprints…

Sizer in winter wonderland

Beautiful yet challenging hike in the snow and ice. Lots of trees  down. Amazing experience. Glad Peak #4 is over!

Two down, one to go!

My second big hike of the year, and I’m really enjoying the cold days. It was 92F degrees on my last Sizer visit, and much…

A Beast Called Sizer!

Down and Dirty Sizer hike – man that hobbs road hill is a BEAST! hurts sooo good!

Sizer second

Hardly saw anyone on the trails today – just two other couples doing short hikes, so had the summit loop all to myself (though I…

Mt. Sizer Peak 2/6

Weather was windy and partly cloudy, though we had sun on us for a bit while going up the steepest part of the trail before…

Sizing up Sizer as #1

Pretty empty parking lot in the morning – encountered only 5 people in first 3 miles, then no one. The water crossings were only ankle…

Mt. Sizer? thought I missed you.

Nice day, not too much water to cross at both locations. What a way to start the New Year. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/mount-sizer-via-monument-trail-to-hobbs-road–23

Mt Sizer Summit

It was chilly for our early start. And the 14.5 mile Mt Sizer Loop is a butt kicker. Availability of pit toilets was nice. Lots…

SIZER do Matter

The most challenging peak !!!!! I have done the 12 SoCal Peaks and all 5 NorCal peaks, but this one… Mt Sizer is incomparable!!!! The…

Mt Sizer Private Showing

I had a great hike on Mt Sizer Tuesday.  It was a “private showing” of Henry Coe State Park – I didn’t see anyone else…

Mt Sizer and Magical Manzanitas

Weather was perfect today. Started the hike clockwise—serious uphills both coming and going. The manzanitas were beautiful with new growth contrasted with old. Didn’t see…

Mount sizer

Beautiful hike with my fellow Ironman! We stopped for two lunches and had a great time. Mount sizer doesn’t seem to have a specific “peak”…

Mt. Sizer…Five Down, 1 To Go

What a wonderful way to spend my Thanksgiving. I woke up early and headed to Henry W. Coe Park to tackle my fifth mountain for…

Family Sizer hike!

My family hiked this peak with me! We knew it would be hard, and it was one one of the furthest away for us, so…

Up, Down, Up, Down…repeat, repeat

No matter which way you hike this, it’s brutal! My legs are so sore! We went counterclockwise, so we started with a down hill then…

Fun Sizer Finale

Fun Sizer is what we call this beautiful State Park hike. And my final hike on the challenge.  I was prepared for an all out…

Mt. Sizer Death March

So I knew this hike was gonna be hard and I think subconsciously I was avoiding it even though I want to complete the challenge.…

Mt. Sizer: Butt Kicker

We hiked into Sada Springs for the night, then got up early to peak hike up to Sizer.  For all the great signage at this…

Mt Sizer Sizzler

All day hike, the loop of mt sizer.  Gorgeous sunny day fall day, a little warm but totally doable.  Great views along blue ridge –…

A Peaceful Day on Mt Sizer

This was quite a hike, a lot of steep elevation gain. For the first 10-12 miles of the loop I did not  see another human…

Sized up Sizer

What a beautiful awe inspiring hike! We didn’t see anyone until the end when we approached headquarters. There is so much wildlife in this park;…

“Really Just a Knoll” Sizer

My friends and I had a nice day…the weather was clear and sunny…but I must say that this was our least favorite “peak” and hike…

How can return from peak be uphill?

We had reasonably cool weather and a slight breeze for this long day-hike.  This is one of the most desolate park headquarters I have been…

Seized my Siezer

LONG day of hiking. Hobbs road a true challenge. FYI, Poverty flat road is NOT flat 😂. Best part of the day was Mexican food…

Mt Sizer

We did it! Our final peak— Mt Sizer. She was a tough one but we’re tougher. I hope this finally posts— this is my 4th…

Sizer Overnight

Did the counterclockwise loop and camped overnight at Upper Camp. That’s 5 miles in and at the bottom of The Shortcut. (Take a few extra…

Walking the Ridge

Mt Sizer was one of my favorite hikes from this challenge–quite and remote, beautiful views, and adequately challenging. Walking along the ridge, we felt like…

Mt Sizer at 92 degrees!

A long sweaty day on Mt Sizer. Met two hikers from SoCal, who were brought here by the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Didn’t ask their…

Mt. Rose’s Evil Step Sister

This was one of the hardest and roughest hikes I have ever done.  I have done Mt. Grogornio and Mt. Hood – both were easier.…

Mt. Sizer from hell

If you thought Rose Peak was the hardest one in the series, you were wrong. Be less stupid than us and pick a cool day…

Look at the Sizer that hill!

Holy stuff! It was hot out! Some of the climbs on this route are pretty intense, and coupled with the temperature throughout the hike (945…

Sizzling Sizer!

Easy to follow hike. Mostly fire road. Beautiful manzanita trees and flowers. Not too hot even in late June. Take at least 4 liters of…

Flutter Size

Butterflies everywhere! Great hike considering it’s the end of June. We were super grateful for the shade and the breeze. The climbing was no joke…

Mt. Sizer – no walk in the park

Well it technically is a walk in the park but pretty tough hike I thought. Weather was great overall, hot in the sun but there…

Sizer

Hiked once clockwise in June… Didn’t make full loop. Turned back less than 1/2 mile from summit. Too steep, hot, ugly. Redid 12/19  and went…

And Sizer makes it six

Completed the final leg of the Six Pack of Peaks today with a solo summit run of Mt. Sizer in Henry Coe State Park. At…

Mt. Sizer

The weather was in high 70s.  There were a lot of mosquitos on the trail.

Mighty Mt Sizer

We had an absolutely splendid hike to Mt Sizer.  It was misty with fog rolling in at 8:00 am, but that burned off by 9:00…

Mount Wait There’s More

This was a wonderful yet strenuous hike to say the least. We started tracking our hike at the parking lot at Coe HQ so our…

Mt Sizer

This hike was one for the books! Long, strenuous trail, what an adrenaline rush! Really enjoyed it. On to the next one. One down 5…

Mt. Sizer

Trails were good.  The temperature in the early a.m. hours was cool and good for hiking.  Overall temperature, even once the sun came out, was…

Anti-Purgatorio

Dante said he once climbed a great mountain that got easier to climb as he ascended it.  Having reached the summit of this great mountain,…

Put This One on for Sizer

Hiked this one with our Meet-up group.  Sunny and a bit on the warm side.  This hike kicked my butt, will need to be in…

Cricket Summits Sizer

At Skeels meadow, one of the campgrounds, I saw crickets, and that’s how I got my trail name, “Cricket,” because I was SO excited to…

Sizer in Two Nights

Starting from Coe Ranch, we took Flat Frog Trail to Frog Lake and made our way to camp the first night at Skeels Meadow, just…

Mount “More Than” Sizer

Took the clockwise route around Mt. Sizer… it was rough.   Beautiful views, beautiful weather.   Bugs were annoying but didnt bite.   I also saw two snakes,…

Swimming with Snakes in Sizer

Technically we dunked in some creek pools and technically the snakes swam away from us.  I’m pretty sure they were Aquatic Gatersnakes, which are common…

My first peak

This was a great hike with awesome views and a couple of places to jump in the river. Very secluded, which I like. We started…

Sizer XL

Sizer Loop. Counter-clockwise. Cool, cloudy day. Steady drizzle at beginning cleared by 9:30am. Two icy stream crossings were mid-calf high. Brought flip-flops for these moments.…

Mount Sizer

Beautiful hike. Challenging hills. My favorite was the jackass trail. Absolutely amazing trip!

Sizer matters!

A long hike meeting up with lots of great hikers. The Sizer loop is a strong challenge. Saw cougar tracks and lots of snakes. The…

Sizer was sizeable!

Long and arduous hike. Endless steep climbs and descents, stupendous wildflowers. Epic hike!

Conquering Mt. Sizer

This hike has occupied a very special place in my nightmares for a long time. One might call it boogeyman.   My first-ever overnight backpacking…

Scaled Mt. Sizer

The summit itself was like a mosquito bite (not too stunning) but the hike had a couple of challenges including the steepest trail ever and…

It’s Green Everywhere

It was green everywhere. Fresh green grass, fresh green leaves on trees, green hillsides, green green green. So wonderful to see the Coastal Ranges in…

Mt Sizer for St. Patty’s day

Amazing day for #5 peak. Streams to cross and china hole was an awesome place to take an afternoon nap! Unfortunately my camera wasn’t working…

Mt. Sizer

Sheer uphill climb in the first half with an encore hill at the end.  Wonderful hike, so much that I did it twice.  My bum…

Sizing it up

First warm hike of the year … and it was only 73′ LOL. “The shortcut” lived up to its reputation – it was steep —…

Mt. Sizer? thought I missed you.

This hike includes fire roads, single muddy, and rocky single trail. There were two absolutely fun creek crossings, be prepared to get wet. I might…

Fourth Peak

“The Shortcut” – That’s all i need to say …oh, and “Jackass”

Sizer shortcut sucked.

Group of 6 training for Mount Whitney backpacking trip. I had a 25.5lbs pack. We knew this was going to be tough, and we were…

Mt Sizer

Most challenging hike of the 6 peak series so far. Two creek crossings, two major climbs and many beautiful views. Glad I did this one…

Sun!

Beautiful day for a hike!  The sun was out. With all the recent rains, the creek crossings were pretty deep – just over my knees…

Sizer Does Matter

Sizer Peak while not as prominent as other peaks in the challenge never ceases to amaze me. I did this hike on December 29 and…

Don’t Tick Me Off

No bugs…if you don’t count ticks as bugs. If you do…then pre-soak everything in Permethrin…. I’ve done the Mt Sizer Loop before as a day…

P.H.D

This was my last hike for the NorCal Six Pack of Peaks and now I’m going to have P.H.D (Post Hike Depression) until the 2019…

Late start, even later finish

Thanks to the traffic on my way down to Mt Sizer, I got a really late start today – and even later finish, because I…

5 of 6

This is the most challenging hike I’ve done among the 6. Summiting is equally difficult as the hike down to the trailhead. Best to be…

Mt Sizer (Made Me Wiser)

Warning: This is harder than you think! Let’s just say I underestimated this hike. And probably overestimated myself for this type of trail. (Or we…

Sizer loop at 90 degrees!

Our motley group was three friends who have done this a few times before (my 10th time to Sizer), plus two enthusiastic young ladies that…

Hiking Divas #5 Intense Inclines

Arduous without a doubt. It never seemed to get easier. Glad there was tree cover and I saw at least 12 deer along the way.…

windy day at sizer

I started this hike around 830 on a beautiful sunday morning. It was pretty easy to find the starting point because tall the trails were…

Oh Man, Mount Sizer

The hike to Mount Sizer was definitely an experience. The “Short Cut” was indeed intense. Poverty Flat was probably the least excruciating of the trails.…

Mt Sizer

It was very difficult and hot. So many hills. Steep hills.

Shortcut: a Kick in the Shorts

Nice cool day. Started out at 9 AM and the sun came out about noon. Ran into some campers at Frog Lake then no one…

The hills keep on coming

15.11 miles, 4455 feet of climb! Went early to climb the shortcut while the sun was still low.

Insidious Sizer

The weather was pleasant; the warmest temperature reached was 75deg. However, there are a lot of open, exposed areas so bring plenty of water. Plan…

Forget your knees behind

This hike was seriously grueling, especially the “shortcut” which is insanely steep. Jackass trail portion of the trail was very scenic and exciting too since…

Mt Sizer

Kinda crazy weather, a bit of rain, but stupendous ridge meadows!

Mt. Sizer Loop

Mostly cloudy day with a little rain at the beginning. Well maintained trail – did the loop clockwise from headquarters – definitely recommend taking the…

No Peak Sizer or Jackass

Painful. One of the reasons I signed up for the challenge was to test my limits. This one humbled me [big time]. Garmin 16.93 mi.…

Dear Mt. Sizer: A Tribute

Oh, Mt. Sizer…..where do I start? The journey up to your “peak” was a challenge before I even set foot on you. I was assiailed…

What The HAIL Mt. Sizer

This was a really challenging hike! It rained and it HAILED 5 TIMES! Also found out my boots aren’t waterproof! Yikes! For a (much) more…