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Friday, 4/28, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/26, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.15 miles taking 50 minutes.


Tuesday, 4/25, Garstin trail - Track

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree mtn. 2.85 miles taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Friday, 4/21, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail. 3.1 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes total time.


Wednesday, 4/19, Rimrocks - Track

Hike Rimrocks trails. 4.7 miles taking 1 hour 43 minutes.


Monday, 4/17, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken. 2.75 miles taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Saturday, 4/15, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Friday, 4/14, Shannon trail - Track

Late morning hike up Shannon trail to the plaque. 2.5 miles taking 1 hour.


Thursday, 4/13, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop. 5.4 miles taking 2 hours 6 minutes.


Monday, 4/10, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.5 miles taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Sunday, 4/9, Ride 18.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Saturday, 4/8, Ride 16.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Friday, 4/7, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken and Oswit Canyon to first stream crossing. All the grass in the canyon has gone to seed. Not nice. 2.75 miles taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/5, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken lollipop. Wildflowers mostly gone and not many people on the trail. 2.95 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 4/4, Garstin trail - Track

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree mtn. 3 miles taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Sunday, 4/2, Ride 21.5 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Saturday, 4/1, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree point. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Thursday, 3/30, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail. Warmish but lots of people hiking. Wildflowers past peak and grass is going to seed. 3.14 miles taking 1 hour 17 minutes total time.


Wednesday, 3/29, Desert day trip

Desert day trip with Wen to Cottonwood Canyon and eastern Joshua Tree. Drive home via Box Canyon. Nice wildflowers but maybe a bit past peak bloom.


Tuesday, 3/28, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, Dry Wash loop. Beautiful day. Encelia at peak. Lots of people along the main canyon trail but no one on Vandeventer loop. 7.2 miles taking 2 hour 33 minutes.


Sunday, 3/26, Ride 20.2 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Friday, 3/24, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.4 miles taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Thursday, 3/23, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree point. 3.1 miles taking 1 hour 17 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/21, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. So much grass. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Monday, 3/20, Descanso trail - Track

Hike Descanso trail. Wildflowers are right at peak. Some nice larkspur.


Sunday, 3/19, Ride 23 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Saturday, 3/18, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail with Godwin, Barley, Millie, and Eddie. A bit warm. Eddie was worn out.


Friday, 3/17, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. Lots and lots of grass but at least the mustard isn't bad. 3 miles taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Monday-Wednesday, 3/13-15, Anza-Borrego trip

Monday: Depart house 9a, 31298 odo. Stop at Truckhaven. Lots of brown-eyed primrose and sunflowers. Pulled up a dozen mustards. Only 8 campers at Pegleg but lots of campers in the open area to the east. Nice wildflowers along Henderson Canyon road. I think was better a couple years ago. Seems more green this year but at least not much mustard. Borrego Springs pretty busy. Salad for lunch along S3 before driving to south park. Short break at Carrizo Badlands. Drive through Bow Willow finding only 4 tent campers. Another short break on Egg Mtn listening to Unshackled. Arrive Carrizo Valley site, 2p, 92°. 150 miles. Site is clean. Perfect afternoon. A couple vehicles drive by but otherwise quiet and calm. South park is much quieter than in the north. A bit more traffic than usual but not much. Some wildflowers, but just enough. No mustard! Sunset over ridge north of canyon at 5:45p. Macaroni and cheese for dinner. Needs tabasco. Canopus visible after sunset. Full moon next to Jupiter. Very bright night.
Tuesday: Sunrise 6:53a, 67° overnight low temp. Pretty morning. Short walk around camp. Sit in shade a while. Nice morning. Depart camp 10:15a. Looks like possible wildfire smoke Mt. Laguna area. Sardines for lunch at BS airport. A cute little red autogyro landed while i was there. Renew library card and use wifi at library. Drive west Truckhaven Trail to Thimble Trail to Short Wash to Ella Wash. Arrive Truckhaven site 2:30p, 96°, 85 miles. Light breeze. Very comfortable sitting in jeep shade. Last time camping here was March 2014. I wonder when was first time? Certainly over 30 years ago. Very nice afternoon/evening. No one drives by. All the people are at BS looking for wildflowers. Sunset sometime about 6:45p through high clouds.
Wednesday: Sunrise 6:54a, 75° overnight low. Overcast skies but nice and peaceful morning. More vehicles on S22 than usual. Depart camp 9:45a. Gas $2.73 at Red Earth. Home 11:15a, 65 miles. 300 miles trip total.


Sunday, 3/12, Ride 18.9 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Friday, 3/10, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree point. 3 miles taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Thursday, 3/9, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail. 3.3 miles taking 1 hour 33 minutes total time.


Tuesday, 3/7, Oswit Canyon - Track

Hike Garsin trail. 2.56 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes. All the grass is ridiculous. It's going to be a huge mess plus a fire hazard after it all goes to seed.


Monday, 3/6, Garstin trail - Track

Hike Garstin trail. 2.8 miles taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Saturday, 3/4, Ride 24.1 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


Friday, 3/3, Palm Canyon West Fork - Track

Hike Palm Canyon West Fork trail to stream crossing. Lots of water in the creek this time. Was totally dry in October. 5.25 miles taking 2 hours 11 minutes.


Thursday, 3/2, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Mtn. 3.8 miles taking 1 hour 54 minutes.


Wednesday, 3/1, Descanso trail - Track

Hike Descanso trail to Oswit overlook. Very pretty day. 2.88 miles taking 1 hour 19 minutes.


Tuesday, 2/28, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. 2.6 miles taking 1 hour 19 minutes.


Saturday, 2/25, Ride 15.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Friday, 2/24, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. 3.25 miles taking 1 hour 27 minutes.


Thursday, 2/23, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite Ave. 3.3 miles taking 1 hour 32 minutes total time.


Thursday, 2/16, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon to Smoketree point. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 33 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/15, Araby, Berns, Shannon loop - Track

Hike Araby, Berns, Shannon loop. 4.8 miles taking 2 hours 18 minutes.


Tuesday, 2/14, South Lykken and Oswit Canyon - Track

Hike south Lykken and Oswit Canyon to first stream crossing. 3 miles taking 1 hour 26 minutes.


Monday, 2/13, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken from Ramon. 2.6 miles taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Sunday, 2/12, Ride 16.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Thursday, 2/9, Araby trail- Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.4 miles taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Tuesday, 2/7, Garstin trail- Track

Hike Garstin trail. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Monday, 2/6, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.18 miles taking 52 minutes.


Saturday, 2/4, Murray Hill - Track

Hike Murray Hill loop with Jim, Shelly, and Gary from Rimrocks. Up the north side and down via south trail loop. 7.68 miles taking 3 hour 46 minutes hiking time not counting time on peak.


Friday, 2/3, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken lollipop. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/1, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon to the Smoketree Pt. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Monday, 1/30, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite Ave. 3.28 miles taking 1 hour 24 minutes total time.


Thursday, 1/26, Garstin/Berns loop - Track

Hike Garstin trail, across middle plateau, then back via Berns trail over Smoketree mtn. 4.6 miles taking 1 hour 46 minutes total time.


Tuesday, 1/24, Oswit and South Lykken - Track

Hike Oswit Canyon to first stream crossing then up and down South Lykken. Lots of water flowing at the crossing from recent rains! Haven't seen water flowing here for many years. 2.75 miles taking 1 hour 10 minutes total time.


Saturday, 1/21, Ride 16.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes. Tour de Palm Springs is today.


Friday, 1/20, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon to the plaque. 2.5 miles taking 1 hour 3 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/17, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. Beautiful bright clear day. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Monday, 1/16, Oswit Canyon - Track

Hike Oswit Canyon to second stream crossing. 2.5 miles taking 1 hour.


Sunday, 1/15, Ride 23.3 miles - Track

City/canyon loop taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/11, Garstin/Thielemann loop - Track

Hike Garstin/Thielemann loop. 3.6 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/10, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. The "dogs prohibited" sign at the top of the trail has also been painted over. Pisses me off. 3.4 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 1/8, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn. Someone spray painted over the BLM "dogs prohibited" sign at the Shannon/Henderson trail junction. Asshole dog owners that think regulations don't apply to them. 3.6 miles taking 1 hour 24 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/5, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken trail from Ramon Road. 2.1 miles taking 50 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/4, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.6 miles taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/3, Middle Lykken to cache - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite Ave to my Tahquitz Overlook geocache (GC2569). I've kept this cache active since 2001. Overcast day but a nice hike as always. 3.5 miles taking 1 hour 26 minutes total time including time checking the cache.



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