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.

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

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

A Rainy Day

So, one weekend, I was off on another solo trip, this time with Avery the trail dog. The plan was from the Mutau Flats trailhead at about 5200 ft. down an 8.5 mile trail to Sespe Hot Springs, deep within the Sespe Wilderness. Another mile beyond that is my water resupply at Sespe River. Two-thirds of…Read more A Rainy Day

A Naturist’s Adventure: From Splinter’s Cabin to Deep Creek Hot Springs and Back Again.

I've been to Deep Creek Hot Springs a fair number of times. The most common route is south from Bowen's Ranch. Two and a half miles of unmaintained trails with a 500 ft. elevation gain at the top and then the bottom. Another route I have only done once is 6 miles long, going east from…Read more A Naturist’s Adventure: From Splinter’s Cabin to Deep Creek Hot Springs and Back Again.

Deep Creek Hot Springs Hike

I haven't actually blogged about a specific hike yet. I figure this is as good a time as any. Last Saturday I went on a hike with three different groups to a lovely spot east of Apple Valley in the San Bernardino mountains. Deep Creek is an extremely popular clothing optional hiking destination. I have met people from…Read more Deep Creek Hot Springs Hike