McGill Trail in May

It has been very hot for the last few weeks. Since the only hikes I feel like doing right now are over 8000 ft. elevation - and that is a couple hours drive away - I haven't been doing much hiking. Might as well tell you about a hike I did a couple years ago.…Read more McGill Trail in May

Bay to Breakers 2018

That was the walk that was! I almost didn't do it this year. The day before our flight to San Jose I spilled boiling water on my left foot. That left a nasty blister the size of a silver dollar which of course popped the minute I put socks on. But I coated the wound thickly…Read more Bay to Breakers 2018

Pine Mtn. Trail – just opened.

Not often I get to hike a trail soon after it was opened but this was such a day. North on 5, exit Frazier Park, head west 12 miles. You are at a Y  intersection with a large parking area. Head left and you go up Mt Pinos. Head right and you're heading to Pine…Read more Pine Mtn. Trail – just opened.

Solstice Hike

On the solstice, aka World nude Hiking day, it was a 103 at my home. Hiking was not an option in that weather. I drove up to one of my favorites, Grade Valley, off Lockwood Valley Road, SW of Frazier Park. Much to my dismay, it was still too hot at 5000 ft. On my…Read more Solstice Hike

Liebre Mountain Truck Trail

Liebre Mountain truck trail is a trail that is no longer suitable for trucks. Storms from a couple years ago left a large number of washouts and the forest service simply can't afford to repair them. It is suffering a fate similar to that of Warm Springs road/Templin Highway. Soon the damage will be so…Read more Liebre Mountain Truck Trail

Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Back in 2015, before the big fires and the big rains, I did a 4-day backpack trip to Sykes Hot Springs on the Big Sur River The trail was good (except for one spot). I met plenty of hikers. Some were obviously experienced backpackers and some were wearing a bikini and flip-flops. Big Sur is…Read more Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Fish Canyon Narrows

Just north of Castaic Lake is a hike that takes one from pavement to spectacular wilderness in just a few miles. Let's head north on I-5 from Los Angeles. We leave the San Fernando Valley and climb through Newhall Pass. We continue beyond, passing through Santa Clarita and Magic Mountain and then Castaic Lake. The freeway starts to…Read more Fish Canyon Narrows