Point Loma and Padres Game

Distance: 1.1 Miles (Sunset Cliffs), 2.2 Miles (Cabrillo National Monument)Elevation Gained: 0, 320Difficulty: Easy, easyTime: 0:47:00, 0:48:00Critters: Dog of the day: Zooms!Pros:- Sweet ocean breezes- Great views of San DiegoCons:- Crowded- Not enough trailsNote: Cabrillo National Monument requires a $5 fee.Details:As part of what is now becoming our weekly Saturday off - yes, I know …

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, …

San Diego Local Hikes

If you look through this blog, you might get the impression that I spend all of my time hiking in spectacular places. While I do spend a decent chunk of time in relatively far-flung locales, climbing hills, snapping shots, and otherwise pummeling my knees and hamstrings into submission, these places are simply too far away …

Palomar Mountain and Lopez Canyon

Hike 1:Scott's Cabin Trail - Cedar Trail - Doane Valley Trail - Chimney Flat TrailHike 2: Observatory Trail Hike 3: Lopez Canyon TrailDistance: 4.6, 4.4, 4.4 miles, respectively.Elevation Gain: 600, 750, negligableDifficulty: Easy, Moderate, EasyTime: 2:14, 2:43, 1:57Critters: 25 mule deer, squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, bluebirds, jaysPros (Palomar):- Reasonably easy access to a mixed conifer forest, mountain, …

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 …