Yosemite, Day 2: Sentinel Meadow

Distance: 1 MileElevation Gained: negligibleDifficulty: EasyTime: 1 hourCritters: 3 bucksDetails:We had finished Panorama Trail, but, by my calculations, I needed at least 15 miles to reach my goal of 1,000 miles on the year. I was debating whether I would traverse Cloud's Rest and come down the same gory downhill stretch of the Muir Trail, …

Malibu Creek State Park, Pt. 1

Grasslands Trail - Crags Rd. - Lost Cabin Trail - Forest TrailDistance: 9.3 MilesElevation Gain: 700 feetDifficulty: Moderate Time: 3 hours, 20 minutesCritters: hawks, feral parrots, 4 deer, squirrelsThis is part one of a two part, two day exploration of Malibu Creek State Park. This particular hike includes all the above-mentioned trails, done in sequence …

Palomar Mountain State Park

Boucher Hill - Cedar Trail - Doane Pond and Lower Doane Valley - Chimney Flat.Difficulty: EasyDistance: 5 Miles (approximate)Critters Spotted: 15 mule deerTo kick off 2012, Kelly and I headed up to Palomar Mountain State Park for the fledgling tradition of a New Year's Day hike. We arrived at Silvercrest Picnic area ¬†around 11:something in …