2013 Hiking Goals

Last year, I set the goal of hiking 1,000 miles, which I reached in September of this year. One of the drawbacks of the 1,000 miles goal is that hiking was often about squeezing in the miles whenever and wherever I could. In order to reach the goal, I would often hike the same hikes repeatedly out of convenience or because they supplied significant mileage without requiring me to drive miles out of my way.

Paradoxically, hiking more meant that I experienced less. While I spent a significant amount of time exploring new locations, I soon became stuck in a rut that discouraged me from focusing on quantity over quality.

This year, I won’t be setting any mileage goals, although I will track the mileage for fun. Instead, I will be setting exploration goals that will help me explore more areas, thus ensuring a better variety of experience. My hiking goals for 2013 are as follows.

1. Go camping as much as possible.

Camping allows the opportunity to take a lot of quality hikes in a short period of time. Plus, it is prolonged time spent in natural settings. I intend to take the following camping trips:

January – Sequoia National Park (Car camping and snow-shoeing)
April – Grand Canyon (backpacking from the South Rim to the North Rim and back)
April – Cuyamaca Ranch State Park (camping)
June – Sequoia National Park (camping)
June – Palomar Mountain (camping)
July – Sequoia National Park (camping pre-wedding)
July – Palomar Mountain (camping)
October – Bishop Creek Canyon (camping)
October – William Heise C.P. (camping)
November – Mt. Laguna (camping)

2. Take 75 hikes that I’ve never taken before.

1. Whale Peak
2. South Fortuna Mountain
3. Bernardo Mountain
4. Marble Falls Trail
5. Giant Forest, Snowshoeing
6. Sitton Peak
7. Oakzanita Peak
8. Spitler Peak
9. Apache Peak
10. Guatay Mountain
11. Agua Dulce Loop
12. Dry Lakes Ridge
13. San Onofre State Beach
14. Charleston
15. Cypress Gardens
16. Los Pinos Peak
17. Trabuco Peak/Main Divide Road
18. Santa Rosa Plateau (Full Loop)
19. Agua Tibia Loop
20. Mt. Lowe
21. South Kaibab Trail
22. River Trail
23. North Kaibab Trail
24. Ribbon Falls
25. North Rim
26. Bright Angel Trail
27. Stonewall Peak
28. Cuyamaca Resevoir
29. Tahquitz Valley
30. Dry Lake, San Gorgonio Wilderness
31. Mt. San Jacinto via the Devil’s Slide Trail
32. Three T’s Trail
33. Ventura River Preserve: Wills-Rice Loop
34. Trail of the Sequoias
35. Sunset Rock/Moro Rock Loop
36. Wooded Hill
37. Pipiwai Trail
38. Kalalau Trail
39. Powerline Trail
40. Pihea Trail/Alaka’i Swamp Trail
41. Muir Grove Trail
42. Tahquitz Peak
43. Rancho La Costa Habitat Conservation Area
44. Double Peak
45. Reyes Peak
46. Paramount Ranch
47. Calabasas Peak
48. Ladyface Mountain
49. Piedras Pintadas/Bernardo Bay
50. Lake Sabrina/Blue Lake
51. Convict Lake
52. Methuselah Walk
53. Kearsarge Pass
54. Highland Valley Trail
55. Monserate Mountain
56. Manzanita Flat
57. Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch
58. Double Peak
59. Knott Grove
60. PCT: Fages Monument to Scissors Crossing
61. Heise Park: Nature Trail
62. Kelley’s Ditch Trail
63. Inaja Trail
64. Kwaymii Point
65. Guajome County Park
66. Aliso/Wood Canyons
67. Beetle Rock/Round Meadow
68. Caspers: Bell Canyon
69. Stanley Peak
70. Crystal Cove S.P.
71. West Mesa Loop
72. PCT: Desert View/Laguna Loop
73. Split Mountain
74. Tenaja Canyon
75. Bow Willow and Rock Canyons
76. Mountain Palm Springs
77. Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve West

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