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Friday, 12/25, Ride 15.1 miles - Track

Easy Christmas day loop taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Thursday, 12/24, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken with Wen, Kai and Sarah.


Sunday, 12/20, Ride 15.5 miles - Track

Canyon out-and-back taking 1 hour 3 minutes. 57° temp. Brrr.


Friday, 12/18, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon. Pretty day.


Thursday, 12/17, Desert day trip

A little desert day trip out east. Drive through Cottonwood campground, 4 campters and 1 tent. Both loops open. Walk up Cottonwood wash from the main road. Old wagon route bypassing the drop-off is interesting. I didn't know was here. Qantas flight 11 to JFK flies over about 2 hours late. Drive on to Desert Center and up the Eagle Mtn road. The solar plant is quite large. Sardines for lunch in Desert Center. Pretty day on the desert. Would be nice to be camping but days are too short and nights too cold. Home at 3p.


Wednesday, 12/16, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite.


Monday, 12/14, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Sunday, 12/13, Ride 20.2 miles - Track

Downtown/canyon loop taking 1 hour 17 minutes.


Saturday, 12/12, Garstin/Thielemann loop

Hike up Garstin/Thielemann loop. Pretty day after a bit of rain yesterday.


Thursday, 12/10, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail.


Saturday, 12/5, Ride 24 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 31 minutes.


Friday, 12/4, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail. Cool and overcast.


Wednesday, 12/2, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. Pretty day.


Tuesday, 12/1, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. The old Mac Magruder building is being torn down.


Sunday, 11/29, Ride 16.8 miles - Track

Canyon/downtown loop taking 1 hour 7 minutes.


Saturday, 11/28, Ride 20 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Thursday, 11/26, Ride 19.1 miles - Track

Thanksgiving Day canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Wednesday, 11/25, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken. More people on the trail than usual.


Monday, 11/23, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail. Beautiful bright sunny day.


Sunday, 11/22, Ride 21.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday-Saturday, 11/15-22, Hong Kong

Fly LAX to TPE to HKG to meet up with Wen and Kai. My first time in Hong Kong. Have a great time.


Saturday, 11/14, Ride 22.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Friday, 11/13, Murray Hill

Hike Murray Hill from Rimrocks. 1 hour 16 minutes going up, 1 hour 12 minutes coming down. Very nice day.


Wednesday, 11/11, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Monday, 11/9, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon. Some new spray painted bright purple arrows along trail. I don't understand why people think this is okay. Morons. Beautiful day otherwise.


Sunday, 11/8, Ride 17 miles - Track

City loops taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Saturday, 11/7, Ride 23.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 29 minutes.


Friday, 11/6, Ride 20 miles - Track

Manhatten Beach to Playa del Rey, back on Pershing with detour into LAX, then to Hermosa Beach and back taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Wednesday, 11/4, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Monday, 11/2, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak tower. Conditions similar to last time with 50° high temp and breezy. One visitor all day. Probably my last time at the tower this season.


Sunday, 11/1, Ride 22.2 miles - Track

Canyon/ity loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Saturday, 10/31, Ride 17.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Friday, 10/30, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer, Victor loop

Hike the Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer, Victor trails loop. A bit breezy but nice to be hiking in the canyons again.


Thursday, 10/29, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail to my Araby Hope (GC9FD) geocache to replace the container that someone took.


Sunday, 10/25, Ride 24.6 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 33 minutes.


Friday, 9/23, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree mtn.


Thursday, 10/22, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak tower. A bit chilly with 50° high temp. Only one visitor all day.


Wednesday, 10/21, Ride 20 miles - Track

Borrego Valley loop too taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Tuesday, 10/20, Ride 32.2 miles - Track

Borrego Valley loops taking 2 hours 3 minutes.


Sunday, 10/18, Ride 17.2 miles - Track

City loops taking 1 hour 7 minutes.


Saturday, 10/17, Ride 24.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 37 minutes.


Friday, 10/16, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon with Eddie.


Wednesday, 10/14, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail.


Monday, 10/12, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail. Still kinda warm.


Sunday, 10/11, Ride 16.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Friday, 10/9, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak - Track

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak. Bit cool in the morning. Quiet day with 9 visitors total at the tower.


Thursday, 10/8, Suicide Rock - Track

Hike Dear Springs trail to Suicide Rock and back. 7 miles round trip taking about 3 hours.


Tuesday, 10/6, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail to my Araby Hope geocache. Seems someone took the cache. Odd as this cache is well off the regular trails and fairly hard to find. I'll replace next time i'm in the area.


Monday, 10/5, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon.


Sunday, 10/4, Ride 26.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Saturday, 10/3, Ride 27 miles - Track

Borrego Valley and Palm Canyon campground loop from Pegleg marker taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday-Saturday, 10/2-3, Anza-Borrego overnight

Quick Anza-Borrego overnight trip departing house 11:05p. Gas $2.79 at Red Earth. Stop at Truckhaven and i'm saddened to see the ocotillo has blown over. This ocotillo has been my friend for over 30 years. Sardines for lunch at Ella Wash overlook. Arrive Ella Wash site 1:45p. Drive 72 miles. Temp 95° at 2p. Wind calm. Nice quiet afternoon. Getting 3 bars LTE service at campsite. Usually have to climb hill to get spotty 1x connection. Sunset 6:15p with 89° temp. Instant noodle bowl for dinner. Nice bright ISS pass caught me by surprise. Listen to Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich while sitting under the stars. Sleep outside without tent. Early Saturday morning before sunrise a kit fix visits and is curious about me. She was only an arm-length away from my face. I almost could have touched her. I give her some water. Sunrise 6:45a. 73° overnight low temp. Depart camp 7:40a. Only one camper at Pegleg marker. Ride 27 miles Borrego Valley loop. (See above.) Relax a bit at Pegleg marker before driving home. Home about 12:30p. 89 miles today, 161 miles trip total.


Thursday, 10/1, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Friday-Wednesday, 9/25-30, Washington and Boston trip

Fly to Washington DC on Friday and meet up with Kai at Dulles airport. Two days visiting monuments and museums and also the Landmark music festival on Sunday as Kai's VIP guests. On Monday fly to Boston for a couple of days before flying home on Wednesday.


Wednesday, 9/23, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak tower. Quiet day with 9 visitors.


Sunday, 9/20, Ride 24.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 31 minutes.


Friday, 9/18, Ride 18 miles - Track

Palm Desert exploratory taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Thursday, 9/17, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Wednesday, 9/16, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon. Pretty morning after yesterday's rain.


Saturday-Tuesday, 9/12-15, San Francisco trip

Three days in San Francisco visiting with Kai and Sarah. Lots of walking and a ferry ride to Angel Island on Sunday.


Friday, 9/11, Ride 19.9 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Thursday, 9/10, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Mtn. Bitwarm and humid but not too bad overall.


Tuesday, 9/8, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak tower. Quiet morning staffing tower with Jon King. Afternoon got busy recording 31 lightning strikes by 5p. Some nice rain too. 1 visitor total.


Monday, 9/7, Ride 15 miles - Track

City loops taking 58 minutes.


Sunday, 9/6, Ride 10.4 miles - Track

Short ride taking 36 minutes.


Saturday, 9/5, Ride 26.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Thursday, 9/3, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon. Black spray paint graffiti still there. Call Santa Rosa national monument to report. The woman i talked with seemed very pleased i called and would make sure it got reported to the appropriate agency.


Wednesday, 9/2, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail.


Tuesday, 9/1, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Sunday, 8/30, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak - Track

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak tower. Nice clear day. I think the clearest i've seen this year. Could see the Algodones Dunes SE of the Salton Sea. 43 visitors.


Saturday, 8/29, Ride 16.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Friday, 8/28, Round Valley loop

Hike tramway Round Valley loop.


Sunday, 8/23, Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide. Wen turns around at Round Valley.


Saturday, 8/22, Ride 25.4 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 32 minutes.


Friday, 8/21, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. A bighorn crossed trail in front of me on my way down!


Wednesday, 8/19, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak to help with mule team supply run.


Tuesday, 8/18, Idyllwild, Ernie Maxwell, Fern Valley loop - Track

Walk from our Idyllwild Inn cabin to Ernie Maxwell trail, hike to Humber Park, then walk back to cabin via Fern Valley with Wen and Eddie.


Sunday, 8/16, Ride 20.2 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Saturday, 8/15, Ride 18.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 8/9, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak tower. 51 visitors.


Saturday, 8/8, Ride 26.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday, 8/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon.


Saturday, 8/1, Ride 24 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Friday, 7/31, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Tuesday, 7/28, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak to work tower with Jon King. Quiet day with 9 visitors.


Sunday, 7/26, Ride 18.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Saturday, 7/25, Ride 22 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Thursday, 7/23, Ride 21.2 miles - Track

Anza-Borrego S22 out-and-back taking 1 hour 19 minutes.


Wednesday-Thursday, 7/22-23, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house about 2:10p. 20572 odo. Stop at Red Earth for beer and chips. Arrive Ella Wash 3:30p, temp 102°. Drive 71 miles today. Breezy afternoon with pretty steady 10 to 15 MPH winds. Wind 25 MPH from top of hill. Sunset 7:35p, temp 89°. Try to find comet C/2014 Q1 low in west after sunset but was UTL. Sardines and canned beans for dinner. Too windy to set up tent so sleep in jeep for a while. At 2a wind died down so put sleeping bag outside next to jeep. Sunrise 6:01a Thursday. 78° overnight low temp. Ride 21.2 miles along S22. (See above.) Drive 71 miles today, 146 miles trip total.


Wednesday, 7/22, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Monday, 7/20, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Sunday, 7/19, Ride 25.4 miles - Track

Hot and steamy city/canyon loop taking 1 hour 37 minutes.


Friday, 7/17, Ride 20.6 miles - Track

Newport to Sunset Beach taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Thursday, 7/16, Ride 11 miles - Track

Newport Beach to Balboa Wedge taking 47 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/14, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak lookout to staff tower with Jon King. Only 12 visitors all day.


Sunday, 7/12, Ride 24.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 32 minutes.


Saturday, 7/11, Ride 35.5 miles - Track

Hwy 74 from Pinyon Flats to Lake Hemet out-and-back taking 2 hours 22 minutes. Don't think i'm going to ride hwy 74 again. Road is too narrow and altho most drivers try to give you room some are assholes.


Friday, 7/10, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop taking 1 hour 44 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/8, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon. Really pissed off to see a bunch of very fresh graffiti along trail. Fuck you DH.


Tuesday, 7/7, Ride 16.9 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Monday, 7/6, Ride 13.4 miles - Track

Short city loop taking 51 minutes.


Saturday, 7/4, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak lookout to work afternoon shift. 52 visitors for the afternoon.


Friday, 7/3, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak lookout. 33 visitors for the day.


Tuesday, 6/30, Round Valley loop

Hike tramway Round Valley loop with Wen.


Monday, 6/29, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree mtn taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 6/28, Ride 20.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 19 minutes.


Saturday, 6/27, Ride 18.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Friday, 6/26, Round Valley loop

Hike tramway Round Valley loop taking 1 hour 38 minutes. Some very light rain sprinkles.


Wednesday, 6/24, Ride 20.2 miles - Track

San Clemente to Dana Point taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Sunday, 6/21, Ride 22.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Saturday, 6/20, Ride 18.1 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Friday, 6/19, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak. First day working the tower solo. No fires! 15 visitors.


Wednesday, 6/17, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail 1 hour 28 minutes.


Monday, 6/15, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak - Track

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak for in-tower training with Joe and Jon.


Friday, 6/12, Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop with Wen.


Thursday, 6/11, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Wednesday, 6/10, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to peak taking 1 hour 38 minutes. Kinda muggy.


Sunday, 6/7, Hike tramway to SJ peak - Track

Hike tramway to San Jacinto peak. Nice clear day but kind of chilly and windy at the peak. I'm certainly slowing down. Took 2 hours 3 minutes to summit hut. My PR time only 3 years ago was 1 hour 38 minutes. The track isn't quite right as i accidentally had the GPS turned off for a couple of miles on the way down.


Saturday, 6/6, Ride 25.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes.


Friday, 6/5, Henderson trail

Hike Henderson trail from Araby road then back via the wash.


Thursday, 6/4, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. Overcast with temps a bit cooler.


Tuesday, 6/2, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Monday, 6/1, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon.


Sunday, 5/31, Ride 21.1 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Saturday, 5/30, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide. Back via the high trail. First tramway hike of the season.


Friday, 5/29, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail 1 hour 25 minutes. Nice rattlesnake near the trailhead. First one of the season.


Thursday, 5/28, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to peak taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Tuesday-Wednesday, 5/26-27, Anza-Borrego overnight

Quick overnight trip to Anza-Borrego departing house a bit after 10a Tuesday. 19444 odo. Was planning to have lunch at In-N-Out but was way too busy. Buy a famous star at Carl's instead. They are installing a traffic light at hwy 86 and S22. Drive through Truckhaven and Ella Wash sites. No Pegleg campers. Arrive Coyote Canyon site 2p. Temp 92° with a bit of high thin overcast and light breeze. Sunset 7:25p. 85°. Can corn, Beanee Weenee, and kippers for dinner. Breezy evening but not too bad. Gusty winds most of night with 70° overnight low. Sunrise 6:30a Wednesday. Depart camp 7:30a and drive up canyon and over the bypass road. First time i've driven the bypass as i never felt comfortable doing it in my Tacoma but the jeep did it just fine. Good flow of water at 2nd and 3rd crossings. Short break at Ella overlook on way home. Gas $3.59 at Red Earth. Lunch at In-N-Out on way home.


Monday, 5/25, Ride 19.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Sunday, 5/24, Ride 18.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Saturday, 5/23, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak - Track

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak to help Joe, Dan and Robin open the lookout tower. Foggy below 7500' but clear on top.


Friday, 5/22, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken taking 54 minutes.


Thursday, 5/21, Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer loop

Hike Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer trail loop taking 2 hours 42 minutes hiking time.


Tuesday, 5/19, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Monday, 5/18, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Sunday, 5/17, Ride 20.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Saturday, 5/16, Ride 25.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 33 minutes.


Thursday, 5/14, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon. Overcast and almost a little cool.


Tuesday, 5/12, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon.


Monday, 5/11, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite.


Sunday, 5/10, Ride 23.8 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Thursday, 5/7, Maynard Mine trail

Hike Maynard Mine trail taking 2 hours 15 minutes hiking time. Did not actually hike down to the mine. Was cool and breezy at the high point with clouds rolling over the Desert Divide.


Wednesday, 5/6, Garstin/Thielemann loop

Hike up Garstin and down via Thielemann trail taking 1 hour 28 minutes. Some fresh trail work has been done on the Thielemann.


Monday, 5/4, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken taking 55 minutes. Some pretty clouds and temps a bit cooler.


Sunday, 5/3, Ride 20 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Saturday, 5/2, Ride 24 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Thursday, 4/30, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to peak taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/29, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken. Getting warm.


Tuesday, 4/28, CC Cove trail

Hike Cathedral City Cove trail to Dunn Road and back. Warmish.


Monday, 4/27, Palm Canyon West Fork

Hike the Palm Canyon West Fork trail to the Pelton trail stream crossing. Some water flowing. Saw no one on the trail.


Sunday, 4/26, Ride 24 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 38 minutes. Looks like they got a little rain in the canyons yesterday afternoon.


Saturday, 4/25, Ride 24 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 34 minutes.


Friday, 4/24, Araby trail

Hike Araby lollipop taking almost 2 hours.


Thursday, 4/23, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite.


Wednesday, 4/22, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop

Hike Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop taking 2 hours 4 minutes hiking time.


Monday, 4/20, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Sunday, 4/19, Ride 24 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Friday, 4/17, Ride 22.1 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Thursday, 4/16, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Monday, 4/13, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Sunday, 4/12, Ride 25.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Saturday, 4/11, Ride 23.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 29 minutes.


Wednesday-Friday, 4/8-10, Anza-Borrego camping

Wednesday: Depart house 9:30a, 18430 odo. Stop at Red Earth for coffee. Quick stop at Truckhaven site. Only 3 campers at Pegleg monument. There were 15 a month ago. Deviled ham and crackers for lunch at Christmas Circle. Stores at Stagecoach Trails, Butterfield, and Agua Caliente are all open. Drive through Bow Willow. 2 sites occupied. Egg Mtn at 1:30p. Wind 12 gusting to 20. Arrive Carrizo Valley site 2p, 78°. Wind 8 gusting to 12. Drive 144 miles today. Dust experiment is gone but there are still some glass marbles at the site. Sunset 6:08p, 74°. Wind calm after sunset. Noodle bowl and kippers for dinner. Keeping warm with propane heater. In bed around 10p, 64°.
Thursday: Calm night. Slept well. Sunrise 6:20a, 54° overnight low. Leave tent set up and depart camp 8:10a. Egg Mtn to check email. Drive up Carrizo Gorge to the end. 6.8 miles one way. Meet Bill camped at end of road. Take break at Carrizo Badlands overlook. Ride Across California cyclists riding today. I saw them here one year ago. Buy beer (Pacifico) and ice at Agua Caliente store. Sardines for lunch along wash across from Canebrake. Back to camp at 12:30p, 80°. Drive 52 miles today. Nice quiet afternoon. No sahara mustard to be seen. Sunset 6:08p, 78°. Beanee Weenees and can corn for dinner.
Friday: Another calm night. Sunrise 6:20a, 57° overnight low. Depart camp 8a. Cyclists are climbing the Butterfield grade. The wildflowers along Henderson Canyon road are all brown now. 2 campers at Pegleg. Gas $2.99 at Red Earth. Home about 11:30a. Drive 134 miles today, 330 miles trip total.


Tuesday, 4/7, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite.


Monday, 4/6, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Sunday, 4/5, Ride 26 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday, 4/3, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken.


Thursday, 4/2, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Sunday, 3/29, Ride 14.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 59 minutes.


Saturday, 3/28, Ride 24.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Thursday, 3/26, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop. Bing mapping car at tailhead.


Wednesday, 3/25, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop. Getting just a bit warm. 7.2 miles taking 2 hours 45 minutes.


Monday, 3/23, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Sunday, 3/22, Ride 19.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Saturday, 3/21, Ride 25.6 miles - Track

Windy Point + city loop taking 1 hour 39 minutes.


Thursday, 3/19, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite.


Wednesday, 3/18, Murray Hill - Track

Hike Murray Hill from Rimrocks. Lots of very fresh bighorn sign near the peak but didn't see any actual animals. 6.2 miles round trip taking 1 hour 20 minutes going up, 1 hour 15 minutes coming down, 2 hours 35 minutes total hiking time.


Tuesday, 3/17, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. Chat with Diane, Cynthia, Kathy, and BLM Dan along the trail.


Sunday, 3/15, Ride 22 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Saturday, 3/14, Ride 20.2 miles - Track

Rat Rocks + city loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Friday, 3/13, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop taking 1 hour 48 minutes.


Wednesday, 3/11, Ride 23.7 miles - Track

Borrego Springs loop taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Tuesday-Wednesday, 3/10-11, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house 8:45a. Gas $3.25 at Red Earth. Quick stop at Truckhaven. About 15 campers at the Pegleg monument. Wildflowers at peak along Henderson Canyon road. Very pretty. Sardines for lunch by the wildflowers. Drive up Rockhouse Canyon road to the rock quarry. The tower is gone. Arrive Ella Wash site 1:30p, 88°. Drive 115 miles today. Quiet afternoon with no one driving by. Clear when i arrived but high clouds later on making for some very interesting atmospherics. Sunset 6:36p thru thin clouds. Temp 80°. Beanee Weenees and can corn for dinner. Canopus. In bed around 9:20p. A pickup truck drives by southbound around 10p. Overcast sky Wednesday morning. Low temp 67°. Sunrise about 7a. The pickup that drove by last night is camped a bit south of me. He was very quiet. Didn't even realize he was there until i saw truck from hill. Depart camp 8:30a and drive to Pegleg monument. Ride 23.7 mile Borrego Valley loop. [See above.] Relax a bit after ride before driving home. Home 12:45p. Drive 87 miles today, 202 miles trip total.


Monday, 3/9, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon.


Sunday, 3/8, Ride 19 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Saturday, 3/7, Ride 25.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes.


Thursday, 3/5, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken.


Wednesday, 3/4, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop. Nice hike, pretty day. 6 miles taking 2 hours 30 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/3, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. Pretty day with fresh snow along Desert Divide.


Saturday, 2/28, Ride 14.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 58 minutes.


Thursday, 2/26, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/25, Shannon/Araby loop

Hike Shannon to Araby trail loop taking 2 hours.


Tuesday, 2/24, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Sunday, 2/22, Ride 14.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes.


Saturday, 2/21, Ride 23.6 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/18, Garstin/Thielemann loop

Hike up Garstin and down via Thielemann trail taking 1 hour 32 minutes including walk back on street.


Tuesday, 2/17, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail.


Monday, 2/16, Ride 19.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Sunday, 2/15, Ride 25.2 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes.


Saturday, 2/14, Ride 18.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes. Lots of stopping and slow riding to watch Air Force One landing and the Tour de Palm Springs bike fair downtown.


Thursday, 2/12, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail. Saw 3 or 4 baby chuckwallas.


Tuesday, 2/10, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon lollipop taking 1 hour 42 minutes. There was a group of 20 on the summit plus 3 people walking dogs in the bighorn sheep closure area. Ugh.


Sunday, 2/8, Ride 18.4 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 7 minutes.


Saturday, 2/7, Ride 16.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour.


Thursday, 2/5, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop. Chat with Diane, Cynthia, and Joan Taylor along the trail.


Wednesday, 2/4, Palm Canyon

Hike Palm Canyon to stream crossing south of Dry Wash taking 2 hours 15 minutes. Stream crossing was dry.


Tuesday, 2/3, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Monday, 2/2, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail taking 1 hour 35 minutes. Haven't been on the Shannon for a while. Nice day.


Sunday, 2/1, Ride 22.8 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Saturday, 1/31, Ride 24.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/28, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail taking 1 hour.


Sunday, 1/25, Ride 23.1 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Saturday, 1/24, Ride 24.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/20, Oswit Palms - Track

Hike to Oswit Palms. Also checked my Cahuilla (GC3D4) geocache.


Monday, 1/19, Ride 18.3 miles - Track

Canyon loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Saturday, 1/17, Ride 23.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Thursday, 1/15, Middle Lykken trail

Hike middle Lykken trail taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/13, North Lykken trail

Hike north Lykken trail.


Monday, 1/12, South Lykken trail

Hike south Lykken trail taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 1/10, Ride 25.2 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 33 minutes.


Thursday, 1/8, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/7, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop

Hike the Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop. One of my favorite local hikes. Total hiking time 2 hours 8 minutes. Also bought a new canyon annual pass.


Tuesday, 1/6, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to Wildhorse junction and back. Beautiful day.


Sunday, 1/4, Ride 24.4 miles - Track

Windy Point taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Saturday, 1/3, Ride 15 miles - Track

City loop taking 56 minutes.


Friday, 1/2, Goat trails

Hike goat trails from Rimrocks.


Thursday, 1/1, Cahuilla Canyon

Hike Cahuilla Canyon with Wen.



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