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Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

One of my favorite hiking destinations! I have been going out to the Sespe for about 35 years now. I never fail to enjoy it. It is vast, 219,000 acres of land with hundreds of miles of little used trail... Continue Reading →

Life and Death in the Wild

First, I want you to read this article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2336896/snowbound Then I'll discuss it from my POV.   Okay, done? Stephen Olshansky's youth sounds very similar to mine. He was born the same year as I, 1956. In high school, Otter... Continue Reading →

Fishbowl – Cedar Creek Loop

The Sespe Wilderness Area is vast. Within it are enough trails to keep an active hiker busy for years - or for someone like me, for a lifetime. A few of the trails are more active. The "biggie" is the... Continue Reading →

All is not what it appears to be.

I recently got a blurb in the e-mail exhorting me to contribute to an environmentalist group claiming that the forest service is caving to the demand of Big Lumber to allow logging in the Los Padres National Forest. They link... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

World Naked Bike Ride 2018 – LA, Afterglow

For an in-depth discussion of what it is and why we do it - and a few more pix - please visit Welcome to World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles where I got this featured image from. That's us passing... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Fish Canyon Narrows

Just north of Castaic Lake is a hike that takes one from pavementĀ to spectacular wilderness in just a few miles. Let's head north on I-5 from LosĀ Angeles. We leave the San Fernando Valley and climb through Newhall Pass. We continue... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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