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

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

Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers

If you are in a true survival situation in the wild, odds are a hundred to one you screwed up badly and in multiple ways. It is easy to say "Never screw up and you have nothing to worry about." Everyone screws up once in a while. However, it takes a chain of screwups to cause…Read more Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers

Saline Valley

Back in late October 2016, I went with a group to Saline Valley Hot springs. This is quite possibly the most remote location in California that can be reached by vehicle. There are several ways to get there but the only two I'd dare try without a full-up 4WD truck caravan are the North and…Read more Saline Valley

Mojave Desert Park

Note: If I have posted a link here, please click on it. If I were to try to detail all the features of the area, this post would end up book length. We have a vast preserve out here in SE CA called Mojave National Park. It is a pretty cool place, easily accessed from I-15…Read more Mojave Desert Park