Daley Ranch – Engelmann Oak Loop

Distance: 5.1 MilesElevation Gained: 800'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:05Critters: Hip-hop hares!!!Pros:- All the fun of Daley Ranch's Engelmann Oak Loop- Plus beautiful golden hour lighting- My baby joined me!Cons:- NoneDetails:Cougar Pass Road - Engelmann Oak Loop - Bobcat TrailKelly and I somehow both miraculously had Memorial Day off. In the past, the chances of this happening were …

Yoga Hiking

I had a fun new experience today. Right now, Kelly is in the midst of a 31 day challenge at her yoga studio, Haute Yoga. In this challenge, she must take 31 classes in 31 days. It's great to have the goal, and the challenge has taken her on a journey similar to what I'm …

Mt. San Antonio (Baldy)

Distance: 11.2 MilesElevation Gain: 3,900'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 7:30Critters: chipmunks, squirrelsPros:- incredible mountain topography, including precarious drops, stellar views, mixed-conifer forest, alpine forest, waterfalls.- Highest peak in L.A. County- Flat-out awesome.- Wind!Cons:- WIND!!!- A lot of smog in the L.A. Basin Details:Mt. Baldy Fire Road - Devil's Backbone Trail - Baldy Bowl Trail Wow.Just wow. This phenomenal …

Cucamonga Peak

Distance: 13.8 MilesElevation gained: 4,400'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6:45Critters: Manic chipmunksPros:- Beautiful mountain riparian environment at Icehouse Canyon- Unique views of the San Gabriels- Views of the Inland Empire (sort of)- Challenging and rewarding hikeCons:- Air pollution spoils the view of the Inland Empire and neighboring mountain ranges- Chapman Trail could have been left out- Having to …

Rookie Mistake

This is what I get for leaving my camera at home. I saw a sea of clouds over San Diego, with mountains poking out like islands. The was shining through sage blossoms as birds sang their songs. All I have to show for it are a few iPhone snaps.Lesson: Always, always, always bring your camera.Daley …

Mission Trails Regional Park – Cowles and Pyles Peak

Big Rock Trail - Barker Way - Pyles Peak TrailDistance: 8 milesElevation Gained: 1,500'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:00:00Critters: Quail, Dog of the Day Winner, Dylan to MaltyPros:- Good views of downtown San Diego, Mission Bay, and the surrounding mountain rangesCons:- Overcast weather diminishes the pros- Very crowded on Cowles PeakDetails:Kelly is in the midst of a …

Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension

Margaret Fleming Nature Trail A - Margaret Fleming Nature Trail - BDistance: 2.4 MilesElevation Gained:  500Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:00Critters: A showy lizard, quail, a rattlesnake, a swarm of beesPros:- Much of the beauty of the main reserve with none of the crowds.- Magnificent specimens of TorreysCons:- Too small!Details:This park is the cure for congestion at Torrey …

San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Trail - Gemma Parks Nature TrailDistance: 2.2. MilesElevation gain: 50 feetDifficulty: EasyTime: 47 minutesCritters: Quail, egrets, ducksPros:- Easy access to a nice lagoon.Cons:- Too close to the freewayDetails:San Elijo Lagoon sits just south of its better groomed sister, Batiquitos. I hike Batiquitos once a week due to its proximity to my job, …

Taking the day off.

Somedays you just gotta say screw it and go to a ball game. I climbed some stairs, and that's good enough for today.Baldy next week!!!

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