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Monday, 12/31, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

Final 2012 ride city loop taking 49 minutes. Rode a grand total of 2155 miles taking 138 hours time on bike for the year.


Sunday, 12/30, Cahuilla Canyon - Track

Hike Cahuilla Canyon with Wen and Eddie. Clouds and a bit cool.


Saturday, 12/29, Ride 26.3 miles - Track

Hwy 111 to Rat Rock, back through town and up the canyon. Huge line of cars waiting at the toll gate but having a pass and being on a bike i get to bypass them all. Yippee! 1 hour 41 minutes.


Friday, 12/28, Murray Hill - Track

Hike Murray Hill from Rimrocks. 3.25 miles to the summit taking 1 hour 5 minutes. Fresh trail work on the lower section of trail. Went down the south side around and back to Rim Rocks. Clear cool pretty day with lots of people out on the trails.


Tuesday, 12/25, Ride 12.75 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes. Rear tire blowout 1.66 miles into ride. The track only shows ride after i returned home and replaced the tire.


Monday, 12/24, Ride 13.85 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes.


Saturday, 12/22, Ride 21.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Friday, 12/21, Araby trail - Track

Solstice day hike up the Araby trail, across the dip to Smoketree mtn, then back down the Araby by way of Wildhorse junction. Total time just under 2 hours.


Monday, 12/17, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollypop.


Sunday, 12/16, Ride 21.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Saturday, 12/15, Ride 13.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Friday, 12/14, South Lykken loop

Hike south Lykken trail coming down via the Descanso trail.


Wednesday, 12/12, Ride 14.8 miles - Track

Canyon laps taking 53 minutes.


Monday, 12/10, Murray Hill - Track

Hike Murray Hill from Rimrocks. 3.18 miles to the summit taking 1 hour 5 minutes. Fresh trail work on the upper section of trail. As i was starting down a large group of about 15 hikers were coming up from the south side. Ugh.


Sunday, 12/9, Ride 21.5 miles - Track

Dinah Shore, Gerald Ford, Monterey, Ramon loop taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Ramon through Cathedral City really sucks.


Friday, 12/7, Pushwalla Canyon

Local desert day trip up Pushwalla Canyon.


Thursday, 12/6, Ride 17 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Wednesday, 12/5, Palm Canyon hike - Track

Hike Vandeventer, Dry Wash, Palm Canyon, Victor trail loop. 8 miles taking 2 hours 44 minutes total time.


Sunday, 12/2, Ride 21.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Saturday, 12/1, Ride 15 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Friday, 11/30, Joshua Tree day trip - Track

Cool cloudy breezy day. Good day for driving trip. Depart house 8a, 1164 odo. Drive up Berdoo Canyon. Road in pretty good shape. Even the one tight spot seemed easy. Maybe just easier in the Jeep. Ryan campground about 1/4 full. Looked like was going to be a cold night for the campers. 52° at Key's View and windy. Belle and White Tank campgrounds both open. Sardine lunch at Georgia's rocks. Black Eagle road to first rocks. Road freshly graded. I was first vehicle. Cottonwood campground only a few campers. Both loops open. Drive out via Pinkham Canyon road and the cutover to Thermal Canyon. Stopped at the world's tallest Mojave yucca and took a picture. Aqueduct road to Fargo road is in pretty bad shape and took longer than expected. Home a bit after 4p. 174 miles trip total.


Thursday, 11/29, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon to second stream crosing with Eddie.


Tuesday, 11/27, Thielemann/Garstin loop - Track

Hike up the Thielemann trail, across and over Smoketree mtn, then down the Garstin. 3.8 mile loop per GPS.


Sunday, 11/25, Ride 20.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Saturday, 11/24, Ride 14 miles - Track

City loop taking 52 minutes.


Thursday, 11/22, Ride 26.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 43 minutes.


Wednesday, 11/21, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon lollypop.


Tuesday, 11/20, Middle Lykken trail - Track

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite with Eddie.


Sunday, 11/18, Ride 23.1 miles - Track

Windy Point out and back taking 1 hour and 33 minutes. Windy Point is windy.


Saturday, 11/17, Ride 12.7 miles - Track

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Friday, 11/16, Wentworth/Fern canyon hike - Track

Hike from Hermit's Bench up Wentworth/Fern Canyon. (Topo map shows as Wentworth but most locals call this Fern Canyon.) Went up the main drainage and not the bypass trail. Found the canyon quite passable with one rock wall with a rather simple work around. Nice day with pretty clouds.


Thursday, 11/15, Ride 25.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Monday, 11/12, Ride 14 miles - Track

Slow city loop taking 58 minutes. Feeling a little queasy.


Sunday, 11/11, Ride 20.3 miles - Track

From Eisenhower Medical Center ride Bob Hope, Ramon, Washington, Country Club loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes. Nice loop. Pretty day.


Saturday, 11/10, Ride 28.25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 45 minutes.


Friday, 11/9, Box Canyon, Meccacopia and Godwin trails - Photos

Desert day trip to Box Canyon, Meccacopia and Godwin trails. Fun interesting loop. Only saw one other vehicle offroad all day. Blowing sand in the valley on way back so drove home via hwy 111 to avoid sand damage to my new Jeep.


Thursday, 11/8, Palm Canyon hike - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Hahn Buena Vista trails to the Hahn sign, back via Wentworth trail. 11.45 miles taking 3 hours 45 minutes hiking time. Overcast until the very end kept temps nice.


Monday, 11/5, Ride 21.8 miles - Track

Canyon laps taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Sunday, 11/4, Ride 26.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday, 11/2, Anza-Borrego overnight - Photos

First trip to AB in the Jeep. Lots of campers in offroad area east of park. No one was there 2 weeks ago. Drive up Rockhouse Canyon road all the way to end of Butler Canyon. Almost get to fence in Rockhouse Canyon but a boulder was blocking road. Could probably have squeezed by but no reason. Talked to a ranger just above the Noll point. Said he was looking for something and that he probably wasn't going to find it. Odd. Drive to Font's Point and then Short Trail to Ella Wash. Temp 85° at 3p. Light breeze. Tarantula crossing the wash. Don't think i've ever seen tarantulas here before. Sunset 5:38p. Wind calm. Have very good cellphone (voice and data) from hill. Don't usually get good reception here. Temp 75° at 7p. Sitting under the stars waiting for the moonrise listening to techno music on satellite radio. In tent at 9p as moon is rising. Perfectly calm still night. 65° overnight low. Sunrise Saturday at 7:05a. Drive to 17 Palms and then Truckhaven Trail on way home. Jeep was happy on the trail.


Thursday, 11/1, Palm Canyon hike - Track

Hike Victor, Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer trail loop. Probably my favorite local desert hike. 8.16 miles per GPS taking 2 hours 48 minutes.


Wednesday, 10/31, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail.


Monday, 10/29, New Jeep - Photos

Bought a new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport! Drove the Red Canyon trail and Salt Creek today to test it out a bit. The Red Canyon Trail is a nice route.


Sunday, 10/28, Ride 12.75 miles - Track

City loop taking 46 minutes.


Friday, 10/26, Ride 22.65 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Thursday, 10/25, Maynard Mine trail - Track

Hike Maynard Mine trail from Andreas Canyon. Steep trail. But not as grueling as the Pelton trail.


Monday-Wednesday, 10/22-24, Mojave Desert camping trip - Photos

Two nights camping and exploring in the Mojave Desert. Drove up via Amboy and camped a few miles east of Kelso. Very nice afternoon and evening. Was surprised to see clouds low over the Providence Mtns the next morning. Tuesday stopped Sunrise Rock and Nipton then got gas in Searchlight, Nevada. Drove the Mojave Road westward from hwy 95 over the Piute Mtns to Lanfair Valley for the first time. I think i've driven all of the "drivable" Mojave Road now. Drove through Mid Hills (sad the area hasn't recovered well after the 2005 fire) and down the Macedonia Canyon road. Spent my second night at Cadiz. Home via Milligan, hwy 62, 177, I10.


Sunday, 10/21, Ride 17.7 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Saturday, 10/20, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Mtn.


Friday, 10/19, Ride 17 miles - Track

Cathedral Canyon, Landau, Vista Chino, Palm Canyon taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Monday-Wednesday, 10/15-17, Southern Anza-Borrego camping trip - Photos

Spent two nights camping in the southern Anza-Borrego desert at my regular Carrizo Valley site. Absolutely perfect conditions the entire time. Crystal clear sky, no wind, warm, quiet. Could not have been better. Drove to Ocotillo for ice. Pleased to see the market is open again and they even have wifi now. Also the wind turbines don't look as bad as i was expecting. The turbines themselves are kind of graceful and there is still lots of untouched desert. But of course i'd rather they were not there at all. Tuesday morning hiked the Mtn Palm Springs loop and in the evening spotted a very thin crescent moon (barely naked eye) near Mercury (binoculars only). Wednesday on my way home did a 19.5 mile ride from Borrego Springs. I love the AB desert.


Sunday, 10/14, Ride 19.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Saturday, 10/13, Skyline trail - Track

Hike Skyline with Dan, Paul, Matt, Rajikka and Michelle. Dan was slow so i hiked ahead and waited for him to catch up much of the day. Start 5:15a, end 1:15p. 5 hours 20 minutes hiking time per GPS. 8 hours total time due to waiting.


Friday, 10/12, Ride 18.8 miles - Track

Canyon out and back taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Thursday, 10/11, Ride 22.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 37 minutes.


Wednesday, 10/10, West Fork Palm Canyon - Track

Hike west fork Palm Canyon to the (dry) stream crossing. No one has been up here for a couple weeks as there were no footprints on trail after the first mile or so.


Sunday, 10/7, Ride 22.7 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 26 minutes. Bought a yearly Indian Canyons pass.


Saturday, 10/6, Ride 23.7 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Friday, 10/5, North Lykken trail - Track

Up and down the North Lykken trail.


Thursday, 10/4, Ride .6 miles

Got .6 miles into a ride and rear tire went flat again. Yesterday's patch didn't hold. (I think there were actually 2 holes and the second hole was right on edge of the patch.) Also found the spare tube i carry on my bike was cracked and worthless. Walked home.


Wednesday, 10/3, Ride 21.95 miles - Track

Drive to Banning and park at fire station. Ride west on Ramsey, north on Beaumont Ave, east on Brookside, loop around Highland Springs, then back to Banning on Wilson. Pretty nice loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes. Another pinch flat on rear tire at about mile 8. Patched tube. Second flat in two consecutive rides.


Sunday, 9/30, Ride 20.14 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Nice ride except for the flat tire part. But i was near the end so i just walked home.


Friday, 9/28, Garstin trail - Track

Hike Garstin lollypop.


Thursday, 9/27, Ride 23.44 miles - Track

1000 Palm Canyon, Indio Hills, Sky Valley taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Wednesday, 9/26, South Lykken trail - Track

Hike south Lykken trail and then Cahuilla Canyon to the first stream crossing.


Sunday, 9/23, Ride 18.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Thursday-Friday, 9/20-21, Anza-Borrego overnight and a ride - Track

Camp Wednesday night at my Truckhaven site. Warmish afternoon with temp 102° at 3:30p. But a very nice calm evening and night. Sleep in open truck bed. Had either a small coyote or a large kit fox visit my camp before dawn. Friday morning rode mtn bike to Calcite Mine and back. Mtn biking is harder than i remember! 5.5 miles taking 56 minutes. Swing through Borrego Springs before driving home.


Wednesday, 9/19, Ride 22 miles - Track

City/canyon loops taking 1 hour 21 minutes.


Sunday, 9/16, Ride 19 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Wednesday-Saturday, 9/12-15, Death Valley and Telescope Peak - Photos - Video - Track

Camp at the Mahogany Flats campground Wednesday and then climb Telescope Peak on Thursday. Had the campground and the entire hike all to myself. Not really a very interesting hike but the views from the summit are outstanding. The day was clear and sun was warm but wind was gusting to 25 MPH along the ridge north of Bennett Peak with the temp around 54°. Here is a short video i took from the summit. Trailhead to summit 6.28 miles per GPS taking 2 hours 35 minutes hiking time. Called Wen from summit. Surprised to get cellphone reception. Took "shortcut" down via the radio relay road but turned out to be longer way. Total distance 13.14 miles per GPS taking 5 hours 46 minutes total time. Camp at Panamint Springs Thursday night and then a night in Lone Pine before heading for home Saturday. There are lots of Europeans in DV this time of year. Brush up on your German and French.


Sunday, 9/9, Ride 20.8 miles - Track

Dinah Shore, Portola, Frank Sinatra, 111 loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Saturday, 9/8, Ride 14.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Friday, 9/7, Ride 22 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 26 minutes.


Monday, 9/3, Ride 17.8 miles - Track

City loops taking 1 hour 7 minutes.


Sunday, 9/2, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon lollypop. First desert hike of the season. Good to be on desert trails again.


Saturday, 9/1, Ride 20.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Friday, 8/31, Tramway Round Valley loop - Track

Easy Round Valley loop hike. Everything nice and fresh after yesterday's heavy rain. Final tramway hike of the summer.


Thursday, 8/30, Ride 18.7 miles - Track

Davies, Landau, Vista Chino, Palm Canyon taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Monday, 8/27, Ride 14.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Sunday, 8/26, Tramway to peak - Track

Hike tramway to Mt. San Jacinto going up via Miller trail. Beautiful clear day.


Saturday, 8/25, Ride 17.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Friday, 8/24, Ride 20.8 miles - Track

111, Frank Sinatra, Monterey, Gerald Ford loop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Thursday, 8/23, Ride 19 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 9 minutes. Switched to my old LOOK pedals. Like them better than Shimano SPD pedals.


Sunday, 8/19, Tramway Round Valley loop - Track

Relaxing hike from tramway to Round Valley via high trail. Poked around Tamarack Valley a bit then back on the low trail.


Saturday, 8/18, Ride 22.6 miles - Track

111, Country Club, Da Vall, Vista Chino loop taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Friday, 8/17, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

Canyon laps (2) taking 47 minutes.


Thursday, 8/16, Ride 22 miles - Track

Downtown, Vista Chino, DaVall, Ramon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes. Hot and humid.


Monday, 8/13, Tramway to Round Valley and Hidden Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Round Valley via low trail, then to Hidden Divide via high trail, return same route. Like a boomerang. Some nice light rain and thunder in the clouds on way back. Fun.


Sunday, 8/12, Ride 10 miles - Track

Short city loop taking 38 minutes. First ride with Shimano SPD shoes and pedals.


Saturday, 8/11, Ride 20.25 miles - Track

San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, Arcadia loop taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Friday, 8/10, Ride 20.55 miles - Track

San Clemente loops taking 1 hour 34 minutes.


Thursday, 8/9, Ride 14.76 miles - Track

San Clemente to Dana Point and back taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Monday, 8/6, Ride 12.25 miles - Track

City loop taking 47 minutes.


Sunday, 8/5, Ride 15.75 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Saturday, 8/4, Tramway to peak - Track

Hike tramway to Mt. San Jacinto with Kai. Overcast and chilly at the peak but no rain.


Friday, 8/3, Ride 18.08 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Thursday, 8/2, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via main trail then back via High trail.


Monday, 7/30, Ride 20.25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 7/29, Tramway to peak - Track

Hike tramway to Mt. San Jacinto going up via Wellman Divide and down via Tamarack Valley. Hiking time to hut 1 hour 38 minutes taking a couple of short shortcuts. PR time!


Saturday, 7/28, Ride 13.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 52 minutes.


Friday, 7/27, Tramway to Landells and Divide peaks - Track

Hike tramway cross country to Landells and Divide peaks from the high trail.


Thursday, 7/26, Ride 15.7 miles - Track

Canyon laps (3) taking 58 minutes.


Monday, 7/23, Ride 10.38 miles - Track

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Sunday, 7/22, Tramway to Tahquitz Peak - Track

Hike from tramway to Tahquitz Peak fire lookout via Willow Creek trail. I've been to the fire lookout many times but have never actually hiked here from the tramway. Larkette was a lookout at Tahquitz before i met her. After a nice visit with Brett (Ulysses) hiked back to the tramway via Wellman Divide. Clouds building up during the day kept temps comfortable and heard some thunder but no rain. 14.24 mile loop per GPS.


Saturday, 7/21, Ride 13.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 52 minutes.


Friday, 7/20, Tramway to peak - Track

Hike tramway to Mt. San Jacinto. Nice day and not too many people on the trail. Some clouds were building up but no rain nor lightning. Saw four deer between RV and Wellman's on my way down. 9.3 miles taking 3 hours 44 minutes hiking time.


Thursday, 7/19, Ride 17.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Thursday-Monday, 7/12-16, Vancouver vacation - Photos

Five days vacationing in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Wednesday, 7/11, Ride 10.17 miles - Track

City loop taking 42 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/10, Ride 28.4 miles - Track

Cherry Valley/Oak Glen/Yucaipa/Calimesa loop taking 2 hours 33 minutes. The climb from Cherry Valley to Oak Glen kicked my ass. A fun ride otherwise.


Monday, 7/9, Ride 17.16 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Sunday, 7/8, Tramway Tamarack Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway to Tamarack Valley with Wen. Back via the High trail. Then beers at the trambar. Good day. 5.88 miles taking 3 hours 2 minutes hiking time.


Saturday, 7/7, Ride 21.75 miles - Track

City loop and 3 canyon laps taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Friday, 7/6, Tramway to Wellman Divide and Tamarack Valley - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via High trail then back via old Tamarack and Sid Davis trails. 7.28 miles taking 3 hours 6 minutes hiking time.


Thursday, 7/5, Ride 16.74 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/4, Ride 22.2 miles - Track

Vista Chino/Varner/Dinah Shore loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/3, Pens

I lost my ridiculously expensive Fisher Space Pen and replaced it with a Zebra F-301 Compact pen. Not only is the cost of the Zebra pen a fraction of what the Space Pen costs i find i actually like the Zebra better. (Space Pens are $24 each but you get 2 Zebra pens for about $3.) The Zebra pocket clip actually works and the writing is very clean and smooth with a finer line than the Space Pen. Maybe the Zebra can't actually write on butter or in zero gravity but so far i have not had to encounter those obstacles to writing.


Monday, 7/2, Ride 17.16 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Sunday, 7/1, Tramway to Laws cabin - Track

Hike from tramway down to Laws camp and found the old cabin ruins. I camped at the ruins 40 years ago and have been trying to find them again for a while. Looks about the same now as did then.


Saturday, 6/30, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via the High trail then back on main trail. Two new bridges along the main trail. Nice easy relaxing hike.


Friday, 6/29, Ride 13.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 51 minutes.


Thursday, 6/28, South Fork to Alto Diablo

Hike South Fork trail to Dollar Lake Saddle, High Meadow Spring, Alto Diablo peak. Saw a bear (!) on trail halfway to Dry Lake junction. Lunch break along high ridge trail with view of Big Bear Lake and Kelso dunes. After three tries found Alto Diablo peak (10563' elevation) and signed the register. Back down same way i'd come. 7 hours 50 minutes total time.


Monday, 6/25, Ride 12 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Sunday, 6/24, Tramway Strawberry trail loop

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide, over summit junction, Little Round Valley, Deer Springs, Strawberry trail loop. 16.7 miles total per state park map taking 7 hours 8 minutes total time. Nice water in LRV and Deer Springs area. Usable trickles in Strawberry Cienega. Wellman Cienega good flow.


Saturday, 6/23, Ride 18.8 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Friday, 6/22, Tramway to peak

Hike tramway to peak going up via Miller trail taking 1 hour 55 minutes hiking time to the top. 4 hours 18 minutes total round trip time.


Thursday, 6/21, Ride 21.4 miles

North on 111 to rat rocks then loop through city taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Monday, 6/18, Ride 16.2 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Sunday, 6/17, Tramway Saddle Junction / Willow Creek loop

Hike tramway Wellman Divide, Saddle Junction, Willow Creek loop. Lot less people going up Sunday morning tram compared to Saturday tram. Ferns are nice through Tahquitz Valley area. Hike seems easy compared to Thursday's Momyer/Vivian hike. 4 hour 50 minutes total time.


Saturday, 6/16, Ride 15.2 miles

City loop taking 58 minutes.


Thursday, 6/14, Momyer/Vivian loop

Hike Momyer/Vivian trail loop. Good hike but was longer day than i anticipated. Momyer trail to Dollar Lake saddle took 5 hours. Was expecting that to take under 4 hours. Decided to bypass San Gorgonio summit and head straight back down Vivian trail. Long day but a good hike and perfect conditions on the mtn. 23.5 miles per GPS taking 11 hours total time including walking down the road from Vivian back to Momyer trailhead.


Monday, 6/11, Ride 17.4 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Sunday, 6/10, Ride 16.8 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Saturday, 6/9, Tramway to peak

Hike tramway to peak. Well, sort of to the peak. Hiked to a spot just west of summit junction and talked on Catalina repeater. Peak itself is very busy on weekends so i avoid it. 1 hour 58 minutes hiking time to summit junction. Slow. Nice day. Bit cooler than last week.


Thursday, 6/7, Ride 15.8 miles

City loop taking 1 hour.


Monday, 6/4, Ride 13 miles

Century Park in Cathedral City for museum picnic. 13 miles taking 50 minutes.


Sunday, 6/3, Ride 35.2 miles

Hwy 111 to Snow Creek and back with Jim Rothblatt. Pretty good headwind going out but made the ride back fun. Garmin Connect route that Jim made. 2 hours 24 minutes total time for me. (My ride was longer than what Jim's track shows since i live in southern PS.)


Saturday, 6/2, Tramway meanders

Tramway second day in a row. Casual meandering hike to Mini Cache One, tractor route to RV, Mini Cache Two, cross country to meadow below Cornell peak and Tamarack valley, north RV trail and back to tram. That tractor route is starting to piss me off. This is suppose to be a wilderness. 3 hours 30 minutes total time.


Friday, 6/1, Tramway to peak

Hike tramway to peak. 1 hour 59 minutes to hut. Disappointed in the time. Felt good and thought i was moving faster. Nice day on the mtn. Had the summit to myself for about 10 mins. 4 hours 50 minutes total time.


Thursday, 5/31, Garstin trail

Garstin lollypop birthday hike. Hot.


Sunday, 5/27, Ride 19.2 miles

Indian Canyons in the afternoon to Hermit's Bench (twice) and Andreas. 19.2 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Sunday, 5/27, Palm Canyon loop

Cooler temps this weekend so hiked the Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop. Love this hike. I think is my fave local desert hike. 2 hours 40 minutes total time.


Friday, 5/25, Echo mtn

Hike Sam Merrill trail to Echo mtn and Mt. Lowe railway grade in the San Gabriel mtns. First time i've hiked this trail. Heavy fog all the way up with visibility 100' or less. Coming down got below the fog and was surprised to see the route the trail actually takes. Fog is very disorienting. 3 hours 6 minutes total time.


Sunday, 5/20, Ride 12.2 miles

City loop taking 44 minutes.


Saturday, 5/19, Tramway Willow Creek / Laws loop

Hike tramway to Hidden Divide, Willow Creek, Saddle Junction, back via Laws camp. Tried to find Laws cabin but was UTL. 5 hours 30 minutes total time including 54 minutes at Laws looking for cabin remains.


Friday, 5/18, Ride 19.1 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Thursday, 5/17, Ride 12 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Sunday, 5/13, Ride 19.4 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes. Temp 99°.


Saturday, 5/12, Tramway Willow Creek / Tahquitz Valley loop

Hike tramway to Hidden Divide, Willow Creek, Saddle Junction, PCT, Tahquitz Valley and back over Hidden Divide. Nice tangent arc above the sun as i was coming down above Willow Creek. Quite a few PCT through hikers from Saddle Junction south. Almost went to Tahquitz Peak but the lookout was closed and trail still had snow. Left my reading glasses someplace on the mtn. Kind of a long hike but so much easier than doing the Skyline. Looked for C2C group at the tram bar but UTL. 14.3 miles per GPS, 4 hours 54 minutes hiking time, 5 hours 34 minutes total time.


Friday, 5/11, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollypop. A bit warm.


Thursday, 5/10, Ride 10.6 miles

City loop taking 41 minutes.


Sunday, 5/6, Ride 15 miles

Easy city loop to loosen up after yesterday's Skyline hike taking 1 hour.


Saturday, 5/5, Skyline trail

Hike Skyline trail to tramway from Ramon trailhead. 5 hours 54 mintues total time. 4 minutes slower than my PR. Perfect temps with light breeze at times.


Friday, 5/4, Tramway to Wellman Divide

First tramway hike of the year. Summer pass is up $10 from last year to $70. Hike the high trail to RV then up to Wellman Divide. Still quite a bit of snow above RV. Cool 55° and a bit breezy. Up on the 10a car and down on the 2p car. Nice to be in the mtns again for another summer of hiking. Tomorrow i do the Skyline!


Thursday, 5/3, Ride 18 miles

City loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 4/29, Ride 15 miles

City loop taking 58 minutes.


Saturday, 4/28, Guadalupe trail - Map

Hike Guadalupe trail with Mike Sugarman. Meet Mike at Sawmill trailhead near Pinyon Flats and leave my truck. Drive down to La Quinta trailhead in Mike's truck. Good hike. We hike at about the same speed. Mike's a good guy. Hot coming up from Horsetheif Creek but otherwise temps just right. 15.1 miles per GPS taking 6 hours 20 minutes actual hiking time.


Friday, 4/27, South Lykken trail

Hike up and down the south Lykken trail and Cahuilla Canyon to first stream crossing.


Thursday, 4/26, Ride 10 miles

Canyon loop taking 36 minutes.


Sunday, 4/22, Ride 14.4 miles

City loop taking 54 minutes.


Saturday, 4/21, Ride 17 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Friday, 4/20, Murray Hill

Hike Murray Hill from Rimrocks looping around and going up the south side via Wildhorse trail. 4.7 miles to summit taking 1 hour 46 minutes. Found geocache GC12CPQ near the summit. Came down via north side back to Rimrocks. Temps hotter than i was expecting with the official high being 102°. Topo map of my route here. 8.22 total miles taking 3 hours 24 minutes total time.


Thursday, 4/19, Ride 15.2 miles

City loop taking 56 minutes.


Sunday, 4/5, Ride 21.4 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Saturday, 4/14, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollypop.


Thursday, 4/12, Anza-Borrego day trip

Day trip to Anza-Borrego with Jim Doss. Depart house about 7:30a. 102506 odo. Leave my truck at the second stream crossing and explore Coyote Canyon in Jim's jeep. Saw one backpacking family near Sheep Canyon but otherwise no other vehicles above the bypass. Windy and a bit cool at times but otherwise nice sunny day. Here is a topo map showing our route. Only 3 campers at Pegleg monument. Home about 4p. Drive 174 miles not including miles in Jim's jeep.


Sunday, 4/8, Ride 17 miles

City loop taking 1 hour 3 minutes.


Thursday, 4/5, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin, Smoketree, Araby, Wildhorse loop.


Sunday, 4/1, Ride 22.5 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Saturday, 3/31, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollypop.


Thursday, 3/29, Palm Canyon hike

Hike Palm Canyon, Victor, Vandeventer, Fern loop. Nice day. Temp 80° at end of hike. Total time about 2.5 hours.


Saturday, 3/24, Anza-Borrego camping, day three - Photos

Light breezes during the night. Overnight low 64°. Drive up Coyote Canyon to 3rd stream crossing and back. Canyon is closed 6/1 thru 9/30. Stop at the first campsite along Truckhaven road for one last little break before driving home. Home just after 1p. 92 miles today, 302 miles trip total.


Saturday, 3/24, Ride 21.4 miles

Anza-Borrego S22 east from Pegleg Monument and back. 21.4 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Friday, 3/23, Anza-Borrego camping, day two - Photos

Perfect night with no wind at all. Overnight low 56°. Sunrise 6:40a. Ran into Kevin Key camping at the Carrizo overlook. Drive through Bow Willow. North loop empty, south loop about half full. Egg Mtn to check for messages. My old Verizon phone works here but not museum Sprint smartphone. Over to Carrizo overlook and both phones connect. Drive back north through park and stop at library in Borrego Springs to use wifi. Buy ice at market. Was thinking to camp at Ella Wash but decided to try Coyote Canyon instead. Camping at the same site Wen and i camped at last spring. Arrived about 2:15p. 82 miles today. 88° at 3p with some high clouds and a light breeze. Very nice in the ocotillo shade. Southern AB has more military aircraft. Not much up here. More traffic on this road than i was expecting. Friday afternoon probably not the best time to camp here. Evening breezy but okay. Nice view of Canopus. Canned ravioli for dinner. Nice HST pass at 7:52p. The Kindle light makes a great tent light.


Friday, 3/23, Ride 20.4 miles

Anza-Borrego S2 south from Indian Gorge road to county line and back. 20.4 miles taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Thursday, 3/22, Anza-Borrego camping, day one - Photos

Anza-Borrego camping trip departing house about 10a. 101993 odo. Short stop at Ella Wash overlook. Arrive Carrizo Valley site 1:15p. 128 miles today. Temp 86° at 3p. Calm and clear. While watching an Osprey fly over noticed Venus visible in daylight. Chatted with Border Patrol drive-by. He gave me phone number in case i ever need to contact them. Sprint museum phone no connection. But my Verizon phone connects if i stand on a boulder. Perfect afternoon at my favorite place in the world. Sunset at campsite about 5:45p. Temp 82°. Canned beans and sardines for dinner. Forgot to look for Canopus from campsite after dark so walked half way down the road and there is was.


Sunday, 3/18, Ride 10 miles

Short city loop taking 38 minutes.


Saturday, 3/17, Ride 19 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Friday, 3/16, Desert day trip

Shooting my new Glock 19 for the first time at the little hill SE from the Cottonwood Road overpass. Nice spot and no one around. Love the gun! Shoots clean and straight. Afterwards drive through Cottonwood campground. Glad it's reopened after the flood. About half full midday Friday. Stop at Walmart on way home and buy 200 more rounds of ammo.


Thursday, 3/15, South Lykken loop

Eddie and i hike south Lykken trail going up from Cahuilla Canyon and coming down via Cahuilla Hills drive. There are now no trespassing signs and security cameras on Cahuilla Hills drive that weren't there the last time i did this loop. I walked down their precious private road anyway. I wasn't about to hike all the way back up. Besides, Eddie was tired.


Sunday, 3/11, Ride 23 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes. Endomondo track.


Thursday, 3/15, South Lykken loop

Eddie and i hike south Lykken trail going up from Cahuilla Canyon and coming down via Cahuilla Hills drive. There are now no trespassing signs and security cameras on Cahuilla Hills drive that weren't there the last time i did this loop. I walked down their precious private road anyway. I wasn't about to hike all the way back up. Besides, Eddie was tired.


Friday, 3/9, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail with Kai and Eddie. Endomondo track.


Thursday, 3/8, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon to the second stream crossing. Endomondo track.


Wednesday, 3/7, Four planets at once

Four naked eye planets visible all at once in the evening sky ~ Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, plus full moon. Only missing Saturn.


Sunday, 3/4, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollypop. Warm beautiful day with lots of people on the trail.


Saturday, 3/3, Ride 20.5 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Endomondo track.


Thursday, 3/1, Shannon trail

Nice quick hike up and down the Shannon trail. Endomondo track.


Sunday, 2/26, Palm Canyon hike

Hike Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vanderventer trail loop. Always one of my favorite local desert hikes. Also did a short exploratory hike up the West Fork trail then down the unmaintained trail to the trading post. Won't do that again. Made a GPS track using Endomondo. Nice little Android app. Hiked 10.1 miles in 2 hours 34 minutes.


Friday, 2/24, Ride 12.8 miles

City loop taking 48 minutes.


Sunday, 2/19, Ride 16.8 miles

City loop taking 1 hour 4 minutes.


Saturday, 2/18, Middle Lykken trail

Hike the middle Lykken trail from Mesquite ave with Eddie. We had fun. Only my second hike for all of February. All this work at the museum with new servers and sites is interfering with my part-time job semi-retired lifestyle thing.


Sunday, 2/12, Ride 11.4 miles

City loop taking 44 minutes.


Sunday, 2/5, Ride 19.4 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Saturday, 2/4, Ride 19 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Friday, 2/3, South Lykken trail

Up and down the south Lykken trail and then Cahuilla canyon to the first stream crossing.


Sunday, 1/29, Ride 20.6 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Friday, 1/27, Ride 10.8 miles

Canyon loop taking 39 minutes.


Thursday, 1/26, West fork Palm Canyon

Hike west fork of Palm Canyon to the stream crossing and petroglyphs. Also explored the Dos Palmas spring area a bit. Beautiful trail on a perfect day.


Sunday, 1/22, Ride 18 miles

North on Gene Autry to check out the downed power lines from yesterday's wind storm then loop through city taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Friday, 1/20, South Lykken trail

Quick hike up and down the south Lykken trail.


Monday, 1/16, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon.


Sunday, 1/15, Ride 19.2 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Saturday, 1/14, Ride 22.4 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Friday, 1/13, Cahuilla canyon

Hike Cahuilla canyon to the second stream crossing. On my way down did a little poking around on hillside south of the main drainage.


Sunday, 1/8, Ride 21 miles

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Saturday, 1/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail with Kai.


Friday, 1/6, Garstin/Thielemann trails

Hike Garstin, over Smoketree mtn, and down the Thielemann. Nice loop on a very pretty day.


Monday, 1/2, Shannon trail

Up and down the Shannon trail.


Sunday, 1/1, Ride 25 miles

New Year's Day loop going out on Ramon to Bob Hope, then coming back on Frank Sinatra, Da Val, 30th Ave, Date Palm, Vista Chino, and Farrell taking taking 1 hour 30 minutes. Good way to start the year!



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