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Wednesday, 12/31, Year end

138 hikes and 104 bike rides for the year. Rode a total of 2241 miles taking 145 hours. 27 less miles cycling this year than last.


Monday, 12/29, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken from Ramon.


Saturday, 12/27, Ride 25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Friday, 12/26, Descanso trail

Hike Descanso trail with Kai.


Thursday, 12/25, Ride 15.8 miles - Track

Christmas day city loop taking 1 hour.


Wednesday, 12/24, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Monday, 12/22, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite.


Sunday, 12/21, Ride 30.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 52 minutes.


Thursday, 12/18, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer trail, Dry Wash loop. Pretty day and the desert was nice and fresh after the rains. 7 miles taking 2 hours 50 minutes hiking time.


Monday, 12/15, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. Seems there's been a bit of fresh trail work.


Sunday, 12/14, Ride 17.5 miles - Track

Canyon loop taking 1 hour 3 minutes.


Sunday, 12/14, Geminids and a comet

Up at 2a to see a few Geminids and my first look comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. Comet was easy to see through binoculars down south in Puppis even with 3rd quarter moonlight.


Saturday, 12/13, Ride 21.75 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 19 minutes.


Wednesday, 12/10, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. Painted over the graffiti on the sign at the Skyline junction.


Tuesday, 12/9, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Monday, 12/8, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite.


Sunday, 12/7, Ride 28.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 49 minutes.


Friday, 12/5, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla canyon to the second stream crossing. Thought there might have been sign of water in the creek from recent rains but doesn't look like any flowed at all. There was some water in the stone pools however.


Wednesday, 12/2, Tahquitz Canyon

Short hike up Tahquitz Canyon to the falls. The creek is full of water from this week's rain. Was completely dry when i was here last month. What a difference a little rain makes! Made a couple of videos here and here.


Friday, 11/28, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla canyon with Kai.


Thursday, 11/27, Ride 11.4 miles - Track

Short city loop taking 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 11/25, West Murray Hill - Track

Hiked Thielemann trail south to what i call West Murray Hill. Peak 2085 on Palm Springs topo. I think this is actually the original Murray Hill. It's 2 miles directly east of Murray Canyon and makes sense that this would be its name. The peak that currently goes by the Murray Hill name isn't even visible from Murray Canyon. 7.45 miles per GPS taking 3 hours 35 minutes overall time.


Monday, 11/24, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Sunday, 11/23, Ride 15.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 58 minutes.


Saturday, 11/22, Ride 18.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Friday, 11/21, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn. Another pretty day.


Thursday, 11/20, Palm Canyon West Fork

Hike Palm Canyon West Fork to a bit above the Pelton trail junction. Nice day. 2 hours 10 minutes hiking time.


Tuesday, 11/18, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla canyon to the second stream crossing. Tried to clean up an area where someone had a campfire and left a mess. WTF is it with people?


Monday, 11/17, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. Was an absolutely beautiful day except for some fresh graffiti. Fucking assholes.


Sunday, 11/16, Ride 13.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 11/15, Ride 24.1 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 29 minutes.


Thursday, 11/13, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Tuesday, 11/11, Ride 10.5 miles

Short city loop taking 40 minutes.


Monday, 11/10, Tahquitz Canyon

Hike Tahquitz Canyon. Creek dry with just a wet trickle down the falls and a stagnant pool at the bottom. Still nice in the canyon.


Sunday, 11/9, Ride 15.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Saturday, 11/8, Ride 29.4 miles - Track

Amtrak station + city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 45 minutes.


Friday, 11/7, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail. 4 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Thursday, 11/6, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.5 miles taking 50 minutes.


Tuesday, 11/4, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. 4.4 miles, 1 hour 36 minutes. Beautiful day.


Sunday, 11/2, Ride 17.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 5 minutes.

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Saturday, 11/1, Ride 16.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Friday, 10/31, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite. Fresh bighorn sign about 2/3 of the way up trail. 4 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes.


Wednesday, 10/29, Palo Verde canyon - Track

Hike up Palo Verde canyon in the Anza-Borrego desert to the old prospect tunnel. Lots of fresh bighorn activity in the wash but no animals seen.


Tuesday, 10/28, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house at 10:40a for a quick overnight to the AB. Gas pumps out of service at Red Earth. Gas $3.19 at Salton City AM/PM. Arrive Truckhaven site 12:20p. Sardines for lunch. Move over to next ridge west. Truckhaven site #2. 12:50p. Drive 67 miles today. Lovely afternoon. High temp around 88°. Cellphone works but data a bit temperamental. Sunset 5:46p, 86°. Black bean jalepeño soup for dinner. Nice evening. Moon only 5 days old but quite bright. In bed at 9p. Perfectly still night. Overnight low 71°. Sunrise 6:56a Wednesday. Depart camp 8a and hike to the prospect tunnel in Palo Verde canyon. (See above.) Stop at Calcite overlook on way out to freshen up a bit. Home at 12:45p. Drive 77 miles today, 144 miles trip total.


Monday, 10/27, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. Didn't have to pick up much trash this time and no new daisy signs. Just an arrow that some asshole scratch into the rock along trail. 3.6 miles taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Sunday, 10/26, Ride 18.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Saturday, 10/25, Ride 23 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 26 minutes.


Friday, 10/24, Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer loop

Hike Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer loop. 16.9k steps, 7.75 miles, 2 hours 50 minutes, 92°. Warmer than i was expecting but always one of my favorite local desert hikes.


Thursday, 10/23, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 9400 steps taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Monday, 10/20, Ride 12.3 miles - Track

Panamint Valley traverse taking 48 minutes.


Sunday-Wednesday, 10/19-22, Death Valley trip

Sunday: Depart house 8:10a, 16058 odo. Stop at 7-11 for coffee. Hwy 395 junction at 9:50a. Raul's in Adelanto at 10:10a. Too early for lunch so just have one taco. Yummy. 395 is newly widened and very smooth north of Adelanto. Ridgecrest at 11:50a. Gas $3.45. Olancha at 1:10p. Arrive Panamint Springs Resort at 2:05p. 86°. Gas $5.98. Buy 4.17 gallons for $25. Check into hotel. Room #2. Drive 278 miles today. Nice afternoon. Temps just right. Sitting on porch drinking a Firestone IPA with 4 girls from Germany at next table. Hamburger and onion rings for dinner. Can't get internet to work in evening so went to bed at 8p.
Monday: Neighbors in room #3 were up at 3a and departed at 4:30a. They were quiet but with the walls so thin i could still hear everything. Got up early at 5a. Wifi works this morning so hang out on porch using laptop, drinking instant coffee, and watching sunrise. Depart at 7:50a. Saline Valley road at 8:15a. South Pass at 9a. Turn around at 27 miles in at 9:50a. Road just too washboarded and long to be enjoyable. I think i was only about half way to the hot springs when i turned around. But at least now i've seen Saline Valley. Stop at the Buckhorn Boxcar cabin on way out. Very clean road. Not a single can nor bottle in sight the entire way. Back on pavement at 11:40a. 54 miles on dirt. Sardine lunch back at Panamint Springs. Drive 84 miles today. Ride 12.3 miles across Panamint Valley and back. (See above.) Panamint Springs Resort really needs some renovations. The rooms restaurant are okay but the entire property is run down with crumbling walkways, holes in walls, dangling wires, leaky pipes, etc. Doing beer dance with server Anastasiya. She offers me samples and then they run out of what i was sampling. Settle on a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 24 oz bottle with fish and chips for dinner. Good combo. Beautiful sunset cloud colors from porch. Back at porch later in evening. Have a Karl Strauss at Anastasiya's suggestion. Yes, yummy. The internet flat out does not work in evening. Laptops aren't very interesting without working internet connection.
Tuesday: Slept soundly. Coffee on porch. Sunrise 7:18a. Depart Panamint Springs 9:15a. Drive out to Aguereberry Point. Neat view and even has cell reception. A ranger arrives while i'm there and we have a nice chat. Stop at Aguereberry camp on way out and walk up tO the mine tunnel but find it's gated. Too bad. Looks like a neat tunnel to explore. Emigrant campground at 12 noon. Cheese and crackers for lunch. Arrive Furnace Creek at 1:05p, 90°. Drive bike/jeep into shade structure at visitor center. Crunch. Ruined bike saddle and cracked jeep roof. But otherwise fairly minor damage. Check into Furnace Creek Ranch a bit after 2p. Cabin #222. Nice cabin. Clean and cool. Drive 92 miles today. Go for swim in the big pool. Very nice. I like it here. Sunset at 5:38p. Have a Ranger IPA, a bowl of chili, and a Fat Tire 1554 at Corkscrew Saloon. Lot more people here than at Panamint Springs. But not really feeling crowded. Besides location Panamint Springs is maybe a 1 star motel. Cabin at FC is 4 star but lacks the view. Hard to say which i like better. Up late at cabin sitting in rocking chair outside and using wifi.
Wednesday: Long early morning walk before sunrise. 8000 steps. Sunrise 7:25a at visitor center. Depart around 10:10a. Gas $4.48 in Furnace Creek but did not buy any. Stop at Badwater and walk out on playa a ways. Shoshone at 12:10p. Gas $5.31. Arrive Baker 1:15p. Gyro for lunch at The Mad Greek. Gas $4.19. Depart Baker 2p. Amboy at 3:20p. 29 Palms at 4:15p. Considered staying at a motel in 29 or maybe camping in JT but decide to just drive home. Home at 5:30p. Drive 308 miles today, 762 miles total for trip.


Saturday, 10/18, Ride 25.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 38 minutes.


Thursday, 10/16, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail and Cahuilla Canyon to first stream crossing. 7170 steps, 2.86 miles, 1 hour 5 minutes.


Wednesday, 10/15, Ride 20.6 miles - Track

Ride S22 in Anza-Borrego taking 1 hour 17 minutes.


Tuesday-Wednesday, 10/14-15, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house around 11a for a quick overnight AB trip. Lunch along Font's Wash. Drive west Truckhaven back to Ella Wash. Arrive Ella Wash site 1:30p, 95°. Drive 80 miles today. Beautiful afternoon. Calm and clear. Sunset 6p, 85°. Cellphone and data work from hill. Turkey black bean soup for dinner. Sterno campfire. Sunrise Wednesday 6:50a, 76°. Breezy morning with some high clouds. Ride 20.6 miles on S22. (See above.) Also pick up some trash along S22. Gas $3.34 at Red Earth. Home at 12:30p. 79 miles today, 159 miles trip total.


Sunday, 10/12, Ride 15 miles

City loop taking 1 hour.


Saturday, 10/11, Ride 25 miles - Track

Ride up Bluff Street in Banning then down on Sunset Ave. Bluff was steep but a neat place to ride. Then looped through Beaumont and back to Banning for the Banning Train Fest!


Friday, 10/10, Toro Peak

Day trip up Toro Peak. Nice day. Temp 72° at the top.


Thursday, 10/9, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. 10.5k steps, 4.5 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes.


Wednesday, 10/8, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite. 9600 steps, 4 miles, 1 hour 25 minutes.


Tuesday, 10/7, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop. 14k steps, 6.2 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes.


Sunday, 10/5, Ride 25.8 miles - Track

Windy Point out-and-back taking 1 hour 34 minutes.


Saturday, 10/4, Ride 18.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Friday, 10/3, Palm Canyon Victor trail

Hike Victor trail loop. 3 miles, 6900 steps. Short hike but nice to be in the canyon again after the summer.


Thursday, 10/2, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 8700 steps.


Wednesday, 10/1, Museum trail

Hike Museum trail and north Lykken from Ramon.


Sunday, 9/28, Ride 15.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 56 minutes.


Saturday, 9/27, Ride 24.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 32 minutes.


Friday, 9/26, Descanso trail

Hike Descanso trail to Tahquitz overlook. Warm and humid. 12.4k steps.


Thursday, 9/25, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Monday-Wednesday, 9/22-24, Anza-Borrego camping trip

Monday: Depart house about 11a. Cold pizza for lunch on mesa east of microwave tower. Ocotillos in north park are lush and green from rain a couple weeks ago but everything is dry and brown in south park. Arrive Carrizo Valley site 2:30pm, 100°, 132 miles. Quiet warmish afternoon with light intermittent breeze. About perfect. Sunset 5:30p over ridge north of gorge, 97°. Equinox at 7:29p. Macaroni and cheese for dinner. Very little traffic on S2 and no border patrol vehicles at all. In bed at 9p.
Tuesday: Calm still night. Canopus visible before sunrise. 78° overnight low. Sunrise 6:32a. Short walk around camp. The dust experiment is still there. Depart camp about 9a. Drive through Bow Willow (vacant) and take break on top of Egg Mtn. Lunch in shade along Montezuma hwy at PCT crossing. Temp 88° at noon. Stop at BS library to use wifi and then go to market. Arrive Coyote Canyon site 2pm, 104°, 80 miles. Cellphone won't connect to data even with 4 bars 3G. Voice works. Talk with ranger Heidi. Warm afternoon but not too bad in shade. Sunset 6:08p. Sardines and canned beans for dinner. Seems a bit humid this evening and some gnats. Go to bed early.
Wednesday: Breezy night. 84° overnight low. Sunrise 7:20a. Depart camp 7:40a. Drive up North Fork Palm Wash and walk to the (dry) tinaja. Lots of bighorn droppings and one decomposing carcass near the tinaja. Drive out via Palm Wash to hwy 86. Gas $3.45 at Red Earth. Home 11:30a. 91 miles today, 303 trip total.


Sunday, 9/21, Ride 15.75 miles - Track

City loop taking 59 minutes.


Saturday, 9/20, Ride 25.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes. Finally some nicer temps.


Wednesday, 9/17, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken. 5800 steps.


Tuesday, 9/16, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn. 10.5k hot muggy steps.


Sunday, 9/14, Ride 26.4 miles - Track

111/Golf Club/city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 38 minutes. Hot.


Saturday, 9/13, Ride 16.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Friday, 9/12, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail. 10.2k steps.


Thursday, 9/11, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 9000 steps.


Wednesday, 9/10, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken. 8350 steps. First hike in over two weeks.


Monday, 9/1, Ride 23.3 miles - Track

City/111 loop taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Sunday, 8/31, Ride 12.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 47 minutes.


Saturday, 8/30, Ride 26.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes.


Tuesday, 8/26, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail lollipop. Beautiful morning with pretty clouds. 8700 steps.


Sunday, 8/24, Ride 15.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 59 minutes.


Saturday, 8/23, Ride 25.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 33 minutes.


Tuesday, 8/19, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken. 5900 steps.


Friday, 8/15, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken. 8100 steps and only 4 plastic bottles. Much better than last time.


Tuesday, 8/12, Araby trail

Hot steamy hike up the Araby trail. 9100 steps.


Monday, 8/11, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree mtn. Kinda warm. 8200 steps.


Sunday, 8/10, Ride 15.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour.


Saturday, 8/9, Ride 20.2 miles

1000 Palms, Ramon, Washington, Country Club, Bob Hope loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes. Forgot my Garmin so no track to share.


Thursday, 8/7, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. Picked up 4 plastic bottles and 2 cans. 8700 steps.


Tuesday, 8/5, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn. Bit of water flowing in the wash so parked along Araby Drive and not on Barona. Picked up a pile of 8 beer cans. 10k steps.


Monday, 8/4, Anza-Borrego day trip - Photos

Made a little day trip to northern AB to check out the washes after yesterday's heavy rains. Warm and muggy but not bad just driving around. S22 is now open but evidence lots of water had crossed the road. Drove the Truckhaven Trail from near the microwave tower over to Arroyo Salado and then south down Ella Wash. Palo Verde wash was still wet and muddy so turned around and went back up Ella Wash to S22. I do not like mud. Font's Wash looks like it had had water flowing edge to edge where it crosses S22! Wasn't flowing today but mud was still shiny and wet. There is also water in Clark Lake. Drove up the Rockhouse Canyon road but stopped south of the gravel quarry as road was still under water and muddy. Did i mention i don't like mud? Also looks like the structures and conveyor belts have been removed from the quarry. When did that happen? Nice to be out on the desert for a bit.


Sunday, 8/3, Ride 26.3 miles - Track

Yet another city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 38 minutes.


Saturday, 8/2, Ride 28.8 miles - Track

Muggy city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 47 minutes.


Thursday, 7/31, Ride 26.6 miles - Track

Hermosa Beach to Palos Verdes out-and-back taking 2 hours.


Wednesday, 7/30, Ride 32.8 miles - Track

Hermosa Beach to Santa Monica pier out-and-back taking 2 hours 26 minutes.


Monday, 7/28, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. Muggy. 5750 steps.


Sunday, 7/27, Ride 28.1 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 45 minutes.


Saturday, 7/26, Ride 13.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 51 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/23, Tramway to mini caches

My annual visit to Mini Cache One and Mini Cache Two. Nice day in the mtns. 14k steps.


Tuesday, 7/22, Garstin/Thielemann loop

Hike up the Garstin and down the Thielemann. 8850 steps.


Monday, 7/21, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken. 8000 steps, 5 plastic bottles, 4 aluminum cans, 2 Capri Sun pouches, misc scraps and detritus.


Sunday, 7/20, Ride 10.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 7/19, Ride 23.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 29 minutes.


Friday, 7/18, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn. 9400 steps.


Wednesday, 7/16, Devil's Slide - Track

Hike Devil's Slide trail from Humber Park to the Skunk Cabbage meadow junction with Wen and Eddie. Nice hike. Eddie hasn't been on a long hike for a while but he did great.


Sunday, 7/13, Ride 21.25 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 19 minutes.


Saturday, 7/12, Ride 22.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 26 minutes.


Friday, 7/11, Tramway high trail loop

Hike tramway high trail loop with Wen. 12k steps.


Thursday, 7/10, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. 6200 steps.


Wednesday, 7/9, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 8300 steps.


Tuesday, 7/8, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken. 7400 steps. Pick up 3 bottles, 1 can, and a plastic bag.


Monday, 7/7, Tramway to Wellman Divide

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via main trail. Nice quiet day. 14k steps.


Sunday, 7/6, Ride 25.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes. Hot ride.


Saturday, 7/5, Ride 15.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour.


Thursday, 7/3, Ride 16.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/2, Tramway high trail loop

Hike tramway high trail loop. 9800 steps.


Tuesday, 7/1, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn.


Monday, 6/30, Ride 20.25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Sunday, 6/29, Ride 14.25 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 6/28, Ride 21.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/24, Bryce Canyon Fairyland Canyon loop - Track

Start near Sunrise Point and hike the loop CCW to Fairyland Point then back on Rim trail. Great hike! 9.5 miles taking 3 hours 20 minutes. Later in the day hike a quick Navajo trail loop going down east side and up west. Tons of people but fun to do.


Saturday, 6/21, Grand Canyon north rim loop - Track

Hike from Grand Canyon north rim lodge to top of North Kaibab trail with Wen. Wen walks back by herself and i hike down to the Coconino overlook and back. Don't care much for the North Kaibab. Trail is very dusty and stinky from the mule traffic. Much worse than south rim trails for some reason. Walked back to the lodge on the Transept trail which was nice. 5.3 miles taking 2 hours 14 minutes. The next morning Wen and i hiked the Queen's Garden trail.


Friday-Thursday, 6/20-26, Arizona/Utah vacation - Photos

7 day (6 night) vacation trip with Wen to Grand Canyon north rim, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef national parks, Torrey, St. George. A couple of hikes (see above), perfect weather, relaxing, refreshing. Beautiful country. Already planning another trip for next year.


Wednesday, 6/18, Tramway high trail loop - Track

Hike tramway to Round Valley with Wen. Back via high trail. 11.1k steps.


Tuesday, 6/17, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Wentworth trail loop. 12.9k steps taking 2 hours 12 minutes. Temp only about 80° and breezy so was quite nice.


Sunday, 6/15, Ride 34.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 2 hours 16 minutes.


Saturday, 6/14, Ride 15.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Friday, 6/13, Tramway to Wellman Divide

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via high trail. A bit breezy with temp around 60°. Low flow of water at Round Valley pipe. Here is a video. 15.8k steps.


Tuesday, 6/10, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail. 10k steps.


Monday, 6/9, Tramway Tamarack Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway to Tamarack Valley via the High trail then back on the Davis trail.


Sunday, 6/8, Ride 12.45 miles - Track

Short city loop taking 50 minutes.


Saturday, 6/7, Ride 25.1 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Friday, 6/6, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken. Some assholes left the remains of a campfire and lots of trash at the picnic tables. 8200 steps.


Thursday, 6/5, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail.


Sunday, 6/1, Tramway to San Jacinto peak - Track

Hike tramway to San Jacinto peak. Up on the 8a car and down on the 1p car. 24.8k steps.


Tuesday, 5/27, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via main trail. Back on the the high trail. 15k steps.


Monday, 5/26, Ride 22.6 miles - Track

Windy Point out-and-back taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Sunday, 5/25, Ride 18.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Saturday, 5/24, Ride 24.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 37 minutes.


Thursday, 5/22, Palm Canyon West Fork - Track

Hike West Fork of Palm Canyon to the Pelton trail stream crossing. Big thunderhead building over San Jacinto but no rain where i was hiking. 5.4 miles, 13.1k steps, taking 2 hours 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 5/21, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. 5900 steps.


Tuesday, 5/20, Ride 26.2 miles - Track

Belle campground to Ryan Mtn trailhead and back taking 1 hour 50 minutes.


Monday, 5/19, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. Saw the tail-end of a rattlesnake about halfway up the trail.


Sunday, 5/18, Ride 16.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 4 minutes.


Saturday, 5/17, Ride 26 miles - Track

Rat Rock and canyon loop taking 1 hour 39 minutes.


Friday, 5/16, Tramway High Trail to Round Valley - Track

Hike tramway High Trail to Round Valley loop. First tramway hike this season. Creek has a few pools but is mostly dry and no water at the crossing near Sid Davis trail junction.


Thursday, 5/15, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail. 6900 steps.


Wednesday, 5/14, Ride 30.56 miles - Track

Christmas Circle to Borrego Springs Road (Texas Dip) out-and-back taking 2 hours.


Tuesday-Wednesday, 5/13-14, Anza-Borrego overnight - Photos - Track

Anza-Borrego overnight trip. Depart home at 9a. Ella Wash site at 10:40a for a quick break. Drive west Truckhaven trail. One camper in Rockhouse Canyon area. None at Pegleg monument. Arrive Coyote Canyon site 11:45a, 88°. Spring rolls for lunch. Intermittently breezy with Borrego Spring and southern mtns obscured by dust. Dust settled and clear skies by 4p. Fresh snake track crossing road but was UTL the snake. Sunset 7:10p, 84°. Wind calm. Moonrise over Coyote mtn at 7:22p. Lesser Nighthawk flyover and another purring in the distance. (Nice recording of the purring call here.) Sardines for dinner. Four naked eye planets visible after sunset: Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn plus a full moon! Very nice calm still evening. Sunrise 6:36a Wednesday, 65°. Depart camp 8:20a. Park at Christmas Circle and ride Borrego Springs Road out-and-back. (See above.) Campachana and Pacifico at San Miguel on way home. Home about 1:45p.


Monday, 5/12, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken to 1850'. 9800 steps taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Thursday, 5/8, Skyline trail - Track

Hike Skyline trail to Wrong Way Rock and back. Sergio started up trail just before me. He's a fast hiker. Didn't see anyone else above the picnic tables. Picked up a bit of trash and found a nice wool sweater that i'm gonna keep. 1 hour 54 minutes to WWR. 21.8k steps taking 3 hours 46 minutes total time.


Wednesday, 5/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. 11.7k steps taking 1 hour 38 minutes.


Tuesday, 5/6, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken and then Cahuilla Canyon to first stream crossing. The bee colony near the vista point is again inactive. 7400 steps.


Sunday, 5/4, Ride 22.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Friday, 5/2, Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails - Photos - Video - Track

Hiked the Bright Angel, Phantom Ranch, South Kaibab loop at the Grand Canyon. Really good hike with pretty much ideal conditions. I've been to Grand Canyon a couple of times but never actually hiked to the river before. I would liked to have spent more time at the river but forecast was for 90° at Phantom Ranch and i was worried about temps getting too warm on the climb out so didn't dally. Completed the hike in 7 hours 52 minutes total time. 17.6 miles, 40.2k steps, 2 tired feet. Kai came with me and we spent 2 nights at Maswik Lodge. Kai wasn't up for the full hike so he just did a shorter hike on his own.


Thursday, 5/1, Ride 24.4 miles - Track

Hermit's Rest and Visitor Center loop at Grand Canyon. Hermit's Rest road is nice ride as it's closed to vehicles and only open to shuttle bus.


Wednesday, 4/30, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite to my Tahquitz Overlook (GC2569) geocache.


Monday, 4/28, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to my Flag Over Palm Springs (GC2165) geocache.


Sunday, 4/27, Ride 20.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Saturday, 4/26, Ride 25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 39 minutes.


Thursday, 4/24, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop. 12.5k steps.


Wednesday, 4/23, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. 7900 steps taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 4/22, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail to my Araby Hope (GC9FD) geocache.


Monday, 4/21, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon to second stream crossing and to my Cahuilla (GC3D4) geocache.


Saturday, 4/19, Ride 25.5 miles - Track

Windy Point + city loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes.


Friday, 4/18, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. 11.3k steps taking 1 hour 45 minutes. Some relatively fresh bighorn droppings on the trail.


Thursday, 4/17, Ride 36.5 miles - Track

Borrego Springs S22 out-and-back with Janice Sheufelt taking 2 hours 5 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/16, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop. Starting to get a bit warm. 15.5k steps, 7.18 miles taking 2 hours 45 minutes.


Monday, 4/14, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken and then Cahuilla Canyon to first stream crossing. The bee colony near the vista point is active again but the bees do not seem to be aggressive at all. 7850 steps.


Sunday, 4/13, Ride 16.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 7 minutes.


Saturday, 4/12, Ride 24.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday, 4/11, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Thursday, 4/10, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite.


Monday-Wednesday, 4/7-9, Anza-Borrego camping trip - Photos

Monday: Depart house 9:15a. 12050 odo. Sardines for lunch along Fonts Wash. Drive through Borrego Springs then Texas Dip to hwy 78. Arrive Carrizo Valley site 1:30p 88°. Drive 144 miles today. Bright clear day with light breeze. Perfect afternoon at my favorite place. Sunset 6:08p 86°. Salad and mac and cheese for dinner. Forgot to look for Canopus. Even walked down road but was too late. In bed at 9:30p.
Tuesday: Still quiet night. No traffic on S2. Sunrise 6:22a 62°. Watching a ground squirrel climb an ocotillo to eat the flowers. Leave tent set up and depart camp 8:30a. Drive up south fork and walk around the sensitive area a bit. Mid-morning break on Egg Mtn. One site occupied at Bow Willow. Sardine lunch at Carrizo overlook. Drive to Aqua Caliente and Butterfield stores for ice but both are closed. Still have a little ice left so should be okay. Warm beer is better than no beer. Back to camp at 1:10p 94°. Drive 69 miles today. Nice afternoon with some high wispy clouds. Two Marines "huey" type helicopters fly over in late afternoon and a third makes some flights up the gorge and flies multiple loops over S2. I want a helicopter. Sunset 6:09p 91°. Canned beans for dinner. In bed at 9p.
Wednesday: Sunrise 6:22a 70°. Some high clouds today. Morning walk around camp. Some weird dust experiment bowls on poles SW of camp. Odd. They seem rather abandoned. Depart camp 8:30a. Lots of Ride Across California bike riders reading west along S2. Drive EC085 north from Plaster City. Very soft silt in some places. About 25 miles pavement to pavement. Climb up to WHIT 1941 benchmark. Home at 1:40p 100°. Drive 148 miles today, 361 miles trip total.


Sunday, 4/6, Ride 29.1 miles - Track

Thousand Palms out-and-back taking 1 hour 54 minutes.


Saturday, 4/5, Ride 24.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday, 4/4, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon. Thanks to whomever has been covering up some of the graffiti and tags on the lower section of the trail. 7300 steps taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Thursday, 4/3, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer, Victor trails - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer, Victor loop. Nice clear bright day. 6.5 miles taking 2 hours 40 minutes. 14k steps.


Monday, 3/31, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. Pretty day. 10.6k steps taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Sunday, 3/30, Ride 27.3 miles - Track

A windy city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 46 minutes.


Saturday, 3/29, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 7200 steps.


Friday, 3/28, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken and then Cahuilla Canyon to first stream crossing. 6300 steps.


Thursday, 3/27, Ride 18.7 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Monday, 3/24, Pinto Mountain - Photos - Track

Hike Pinto Mtn with Cameron Robbins. 4.72 miles to summit, 9.46 mile round trip. 4 hours 37 minutes hiking time. 24.5k steps.


Sunday, 3/23, Ride 27.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 51 minutes.


Friday, 3/21, Ride 21.5 miles - Track

Ride S22 taking 1 hour 17 minutes.


Thursday-Friday, 3/20-21, Anza-Borrego overnight - Photos

Anza-Borrego overnight trip. Depart house 9:30a Thursday. 11618 odo. Equinox at 9:57a. Gas $3.79 at Red Earth. Drive out to Fonts Point. The film crew was very tidy. Visit PAINT (1940) benchmark. Kippers for lunch along Fonts Wash. Visit LUTE (1940) benchmark. I was second to sign new logbook. Arrive Truckhaven site 2:20p. Drive 94 miles Thursday. High overcast with light breeze. Walk over to next ridge west to clean up some orange paper trash. Sunset 6:42p 76°. Salad and canned soup for dinner. Canopus after sunset. In bed at 9:30p. Calm night. Friday sunrise 6:46a. 65° overnight low. Nice quiet morning. Depart camp 8:45a. Ride 21.5 miles along S22. (See above.) Take a break midday along west Truckhaven deciding if i want to spend another night. Can't really think of a good reason to "not" stay. Two airplanes landed in Inspiration Wash. Interesting. Ice and beer at Center Market. Arrive Fonts Wash campsite about 1:50p. Nice afternoon but bit breezy at times. Winds up to 15 MPH by 5p and seem to be increasing so decide to drive home. Drive 111 miles Friday, 205 miles trip total.


Wednesday, 3/19, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken from Mesquite. 8500 steps.


Tuesday, 3/18, North Lykken trail and Tahquitz Canyon

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon (7600 steps) and then Tahquitz Canyon (5200 steps). Haven't been up Tahquitz in 30 years.


Sunday, 3/16, Ride 25.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Friday, 3/14, Murray Hill

Hike Murray Hill via Thielemann trail. Pretty day. Had the trails to myself. 1 hour 15 minutes to summit, 2 hours 20 minutes total hiking. 15.6k steps.


Thursday, 3/13, Araby trail

Hike Araby/Garstin/Berns loop. 12.3k steps taking 1 hour 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/11, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. Overcast day. 11.3k steps taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Monday, 3/10, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. 5250 steps.


Saturday, 3/8, Ride 16.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Friday, 3/7, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 7840 steps.


Thursday, 3/6, Palm Canyon loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer trail loop. 7.1 miles taking 2 hours 50 minutes total time. 15.6k steps.


Tuesday, 3/4, Cahuilla Canyon - Track

Hike Cahuilla Canyon to the waterfall. Nice flow of water. First time i've climbed above the waterfall. 9500 steps.


Monday, 3/3, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. 8500 steps.


Sunday, 3/2, Ride 25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Saturday, 3/1, Ride 17.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 7 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/26, Coyote mtn - Track

Climb Coyote mtn from Rockhouse canyon rock quarry. Clouds moved over keeping temps nice for hiking. Took a shortcut on way down. Very steep. Not sure was the best idea but i made it okay. 2.6 miles to the summit, 5.15 miles round trip, 17k steps taking 3 hours 40 minutes total time.


Tuesday-Wednesday, 2/25-26, Anza-Borrego overnight - Photos

Anza-Borrego camping trip depart house about 9a. 11290 odo. Buy ice at Red Earth casino. Short break at Truckhaven. That regular truck camper is at his usual spot. Sardines for lunch along west Truckhaven. A bunch of film crew vehicles parked in Fonts Wash. (Found out later the movie is "Last Days in the Desert" with Ewan McGregor.) Drive up and back Beckman Wash. Back to Ella Wash arriving about 1p. Temp 80°. Drive 90 miles today. Controlled burn in Cuyamaca putting up smoke plume. Clean up a campfire mess near my campsite. Jerks. Ranger drives through and we chat a bit. Nice partly cloudy afternoon with light breeze. Sunset 5:28p. Temp 74°. Spicy noodles for dinner. Nice ISS pass high in the south. Calm evening. Someone drives by at 9a and is camping about a half mile south. They're very quiet. Calm night. Slept well. Sunrise 5:20a. Overnight low 56°. Beautiful morning. Depart camp 7:45a. After climbing Coyote mtn (see above) stop at Calcite overlook before driving home. Home about 3p, drive 92 miles today, 182 miles trip total.


Monday, 2/24, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon. Lots of people on the trail. 8100 steps.


Sunday, 2/23, Ride 25.5 miles - Track

Dinah Shore, Date Palm, Gerald Ford, Da Vall, Frank Sinatra, Monterey, Country Club, Portola, Ramon loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes. Nice ride except Ramon west of Date Palm still sucks.


Saturday, 2/22, Ride 20.7 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 21 minutes.


Friday, 2/21, Shannon trail

Hike up and down the Shannon trail. 12.1k steps.


Thursday, 2/20, Guadalupe Trail - Track

Hike Guadalupe trail to Cowboy Camp and back with Cameron Robbins. Started out a bit warm but then some overcast kept temps cooler. 14.3 miles, 36.6k steps, taking about 7 hours total time.


Monday, 2/17, PCT Desert Divide - Track

Hike PCT Desert Divide from Hwy 74 to Morris Ranch road with Jorg. Leave my Jeep at Morris Ranch trailhead and drive over to hwy 74 trealhead in Jorg's car. Nice day with a bit chilly breeze at times. We both hike at a fairly fast pace which i like. Didn't see anyone else on the trail all day. 13.1 miles, 28200 steps, taking 5 hours 25 minutes total time.


Sunday, 2/16, Ride 18.7 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Saturday, 2/15, Ride 30.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop plus Air Force One at airport taking 2 hours 3 minutes.


Friday, 2/14, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 10500 steps.


Wednesday, 2/12, Palm Canyon West Fork - Track

Hike Palm Canyon West Fork to ~3400'. First time i've gone above the Pelton junction since the fire. No footprints at all on the trail above the Pelton. 82° temp at the end felt warm. 8.8 miles, 20025 steps, taking 3 hours 48 minutes hiking time.


Tuesday, 2/11, South Lykken and Cahuilla Canyon

Hike south Lykken trail and then Cahuilla Canyon to the first stream crossing. 7050 steps taking about an hour.


Sunday, 2/9, Ride 22.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Saturday, 2/8, Ride 18.2 miles - Track

Check out the Tour de Palm Springs vendor booths then ride a canyon loop. (Did not ride the tour myself.)


Friday, 2/7, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 7840 steps taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/5, Ride 25 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Tuesday, 2/4, Rimrocks

Hike from Rimrocks to the top of Araby and back. Picked up a bunch of empty water bottles. Assholes. Some people shouldn't be allowed out of their homes. 13860 steps taking 1 hour 54 minutes.


Monday, 2/3, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon to a bit above the second stream crossing. Need to go up to the waterfall next time. 7260 steps taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Sunday, 2/2, Ride 23.1 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Saturday, 2/1, Ride 9.4 miles - Track

City short loop taking 40 minutes.


Friday, 1/31, Palm Canyon loop - Track

Hike the Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop. Cool and breezy at times. No fresh footprints on the Vandeventer except for a coyote i was following for a while. 14925 steps, 7.2 miles taking 2 hours 36 minutes.


Thursday, 1/30, North Lykken trail

Hike North Lykken trail from Ramon. 7850 steps taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/28, Hike middle Lykken trail

Middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. 7750 steps taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 1/26, Ride 14.7 miles - Track

City short loop taking 1 hour.


Saturday evening, 1/25, SN 2014j

Supernova 2014j (PSN J09554214+6940260) in M82 just visible tonight in TV76 at 68x.


Saturday, 1/25, Ride 45.4 miles - Track

Mecca Box Canyon out-and-back with Martín Caniza taking 3 hours. Headed up the Cottonwood road a couple of miles but i wasn't up to it today on my single speed. Always fun to ride with Martín.


Thursday, 1/23, Garstin/Thielemann loop

Hike up the Garstin, over Smoketree mtn, and down the Thielemann. 3800 steps Garstin to peak, 9900 steps total taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/21, Shannon trail

Hike up and down the Shannon. 10000 steps taking 1 hour 26 mintues.


Monday, 1/20, Ride 13.1 miles - Track

City short loop taking 54 minutes.


Sunday, 1/19, Ride 33.5 miles - Track

Snow Creek out-and-back taking 2 hours 13 minutes. Good ride. No wind.


Saturday, 1/18, Ride 16.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Friday, 1/17, Palm Canyon loop - Track

Hike the Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, East Fork loop. Pretty day with temp around 85°. 13450 steps, 6.22 miles taking 2 hours 22 minutes.


Thursday, 1/16, Araby trail

Quick hike up and down Araby trail. 7400 steps.


Wednesday, 1/15, South Lykken/Descanso loop

Hike south Lykken trail to Descanso trail and back along Palm Canyon Drive. 8100 steps taking 1 hour 12 mintues.


Tuesday, 1/14, Desert day trip

Depart house 8a, 10590 odo. Stop at TA truckstop for coffee. Drive through Cottonwood. Both loops open but only about 12 sites occupied. No tents. Walk the bajada loop trail. Very windy. Maniobra Valley and Red Canyon Trail to Salt Creek. Take a break at the trestle and walk across it. Sardines for lunch. The road out southward is smoother than last time but the exit via the aqueduct is still confusing. Back on pavement at corner of Leeward Drive and 72nd Ave. Home 2p, 140 miles.


Monday, 1/13, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike up Cahuilla Canyon to second stream crossing. Removed a bunch of cairns someone had put up along the trail. 5750 steps taking 50 minutes.


Sunday, 1/12, Ride 19.5 miles - Track

City/111 loop taking 1 hour 14 minutes. Was planning to ride to Snow Creek but turned around about half way out because of strong head wind.


Saturday, 1/11, Ride 22.75 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 26 minutes.


Friday, 1/10, Palm Canyon to Indian Potrero - Track

Hike Palm Canyon to Indian Potrero and back along the main trail. Both stream crossings completely dry. Saw no one on trail once i left main grove. 18500 steps, 8.7 miles taking 3 hours 11 minutes.


Thursday, 1/9, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon. 7150 steps taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Monday, 1/6, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. 8600 steps taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Sunday, 1/5, Ride 40.75 miles - Track

Whitewater Preserve out-and-back taking 2 hours 53 minutes. Glad there wasn't much wind. Not too thrilled about the Whitewater road. Too rough. The perserve was nice although i do miss the old trout hatchery.


Saturday, 1/4, Ride 14.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Friday, 1/3, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. 8300 steps taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/1, Ride 28.4 miles - Track

Amtrak station plus city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 46 minutes.



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