Redwood Canyon – Kings Canyon National Park

Distance: 7.1 MilesElevation Gained: 1,200'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:50Critters: An armada of butterflies, two deer, one bearPros:- Sequoia Trees- Less traveled than Giant Forest- Flowers and butterflies- Cold, clear creeks- Mountain viewsCons:- We can pretty much leave out cons when we're talking about the Sierra Nevadas, okay?Details:Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are two of my favorite …

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 …

Palomar Mountain, Revisited

Boucher Hill Trail - Adams Trail - Cedar Trail - Doane Valley Nature Trail - Weir Trail - Upper French Valley Trail - Thunder Spring Trail - Chimney Flat Trail - Silvercrest TrailDistance: 8.8Elevation Gained: 1,200Difficulty: ModerateTime: 4:00Critters: Ravens, Hawks, Doves, Quail, Wild Turkeys Palomar Mountainhttp://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfhttp://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=1568554Pros:- Best mountain scenery in San Diego County- Everything is …

Big Laguna Trail

PCT Connector Trail - PCT - Noble Canyon Trail - Big Laguna TrailDistance: 10 MilesElevation - 1,000'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4:15Critters: Rabbits, woodpeckers, and an owlPros:- Great desert views on the PCT- Rolling meadows, lakes, and pine forests- Good CompanyCons:- Long drive!- Missed the Meetup group- Couldn't bring my camera Details:I've blogged about the Laguna Mountains …

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 …

Torrey Pines Beach and Preserve

Torrey Pines Beach - Beach Trail - Parry Grove Trail - Guy Fleming TrailDistance: 8 MilesElevation Gained: 300Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:38Critters: Roadrunners, gulls, hawks, godwits, and a naked man doing jumping jacks Torrey Pines beach and reservehttp://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfEveryTrail - Find the best Hiking near Del Mar, Californiahttp://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=1531373Pros:- Miles of undisturbed coastline and cliffs- Rare Torrey pinesCons:- Very …

Berry Creek Falls Loop and Pine Mountain

Campground Connector Trail - Redwood Trail - Sunset Trail - Berry Creek Falls Trail - Skyline to the Sea Trail - Bubbs Creek Trail - Pine Mountain Trail.Distance: Berry Creek Falls Loop - 12 Miles               Pine Mountain - 5.2 MilesElevation Gained: 700', 1,200' Difficulty: Strenuous, ModerateTime: 6:15 (Berry Creek), 3:12 (Pine Mountain)Critters: NonePros: - Great trees, …