Guatay Mountain

Guatay Mountain is a moderate-height peak that lies just south of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The park features the usual views, but the noteworthy aspect of this mountain is that it is home to the Tecate Cypress, which grows in a handful of locales in Orange and San Diego Counties.Distance: 5.7Elevation Gained: 1,600'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: …

Whale Peak

Whale Peak stands as a botanical island in the sky amidst the scorched, barren wastelands of the Anza-Borrego desert. Representing the high point of the Vallecito Mountains, Whale Peak supports a thriving pinyon-juniper woodland, which is more common to the higher elevations of the Mojave Desert and eastern sides of the Sierra Nevadas. Flora aside, …

Giant Forest

This is the last blog in the Yosemite series, and will probably be the last hike I do for a couple of weeks. I've got what I believe is plantar fasciitis, and I'm going to take some time off from hiking to see if the rest will do it any good. I also will be …

Mt. Whitney

Panorama looking south from Whitney summitPanorama looking north from Whitney summitDistance: 15.7 MilesElevation Gained: 3,000'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 11:00Critters: Marmots, ChipmunksPros:- The most epic mountain views I've ever seen- Night hiking under an impressive canopy of stars- Sunrise at 13,600 feetCons:- Aside from a headache at the top, none- Having to experience the wag bag at an …

Mt. Whitney Trail to Trail Camp and Consultation Lake

Distance: 7.3 MilesElevation Gained: 3,900'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6 Hours, approximatelyCritters: Marmots, chipmunksPros:- Some of the most epic scenery ever- Alpine Lakes- Towering granite crags- Adventures at Trail CampCons:- Thunder, lightning, and hail- Wet camping gearDetails:Adventure. Excitement. A hiker craves not these things. Or perhaps he does since, even though events may suck at the time, the …