24 hour backpack trip!

At 3pm we get in the car and drive to the Angeles National Forest. We get to the parking lot by 4:45pm after a quick stop for gas and beer! Then we start the hike 5 miles down to the West Fork Campground. Don thinks it’s cool to hike in the dark, but I’m just worried that we’ll get lost. …

Rainier

I left Portland on Tuesday and headed further north. Along interstate 5 I see a sign for Mt. Rainier National Park and think, “That sounds awesome.” So I ditch the original plan to go to the Olympic National Park and take the exit for Rainier. Of course a mountain is always far away, so I drive and drive and finally …

Alone but not Lonely

A day after reaching Yosemite I went to the wilderness office to find a two day hike to somewhere beautiful. The ranger helped me settle on a one way route starting at May Lake and ending in Tuolumne Meadows. Finally! My first backpacking trip since Mt. Whitney last year. I am not really a lover of hikes, but rather a …

The Start of a Six Pack

Haha not that kind of six pack. The local hikers call the six tallest peaks in LA “the six pack”. Last weekend Lea, Christina, Carol and I hiked the 15 mile round trip to Mt. Wilson and back. On the way up we made plans to hike the other 5 peaks by the end of 2016.        The weather …

Death Valley National Park, Surprise Canyon, Panamint City

Surprise Canyon This past weekend Brandon, Mihai, Albert, Trewdge, Lea and I drove up to Death Valley for a casual visit. We drove up to Novak camp at the base of the hike to Panamint City, passed out then got up the next morning for a good long hike. This time it was 5 miles but a strenuous 4,000 ft …

Joshua Trees

A Joshua Tree is like a cross between a palm tree and a cactus. Apparently they only grow in and around the national park and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. I went camping in the Joshua Tree National Forest this past weekend with friends: Jason, Leng, Bo, Mihai, Albert, and Brandon. On the drive up I sampled …

Backpacking Solo

While reading LA mag’s issue of The Best of LA, I came across a blurb talking about the Angeles National Forest. Intrigued I did more research, went to the information center and planned a one night backpacking trip. Distance driven: West LA to Arcadia – 35 miles The trail head was ~5 miles from Arcadia. That’s nuts! It’s literally in …

On Motivation

Do you ever go on a trip and when you get back you feel changed? Your perspective has widened or your ideas have turned a different direction. I took a week and drove up the PCH, hiked the Pine Ridge Trail, saw wild cormorants, and breathed the fresh Bay air. Somehow, someone, something along the trip gave me the motivation …

Brazos Bend “Hike”

Today I went with Caitlin and Adam to visit Brazos Bend State Park. It was pretty nice. Great weather except for the 10 mph gusts. Saw plenty of gator and birds. Adam and Caitlin were pretty impressed by the gators we saw. It was a 5 mile hike around two lakes, and admittedly, it was really flat and not challenging. …

Hiking in Austin!

So last weekend I drove up to Austin for a hike in the great outdoors. Wow there were so many choices of state parks to go to . I ended up choosing McKinney Falls and went with my friends Chris, Caitlin and Adam. There was a 3 mile hike ending with water fall, but the falls were pretty dry considering …