Yellowstone: Norris Geyser Basin

¬† Distance: 2 MilesElevation Gained: 200'Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:00Critters: Bison, Elk, GeesePros:- Most active geyser basin- Cold morning air created a lot of dramatic steam- We got stuck on the road behind a heard of bison- We got to drive alongside a bull bison- We practically had the geyser basin to ourselvesCons:- NoneDetails:I always hated getting …

Caliente Creek and the Agua Caliente Wilderness

Pacific Crest TrailDistance: 19 MilesElevation Gain: 2,100'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6:50Critters: Nothing in particularPros:- Beautiful riparian vegetation featuring cottonwoods, Coulter pines, live oaks, and willows- Large patches of carpet wildflowers and great wildflower blooms all around- Great views of the peninsular ranges (Palomar, Santa Anas, Volcans)- Remoteness and isolation give the place a very wild feelingCons:- Long …

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, …

Mt. Lukens

Haines Canyon Road/Motorway/Trail - Rim of the Valley RoadDistance: 11.8 Miles (11.4 if you don't go the wrong way.)Elevation gain: 3,200'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4 hours, 34 minutesCritters: quailHow to Get There: Take the 405 north to the 118 East. Transition to the 210 East. Exit Sunland Ave, and make a left on Foothill Blvd. Make …