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Sunday, 9/19, Oswit Canyon - Track

Oswit canyon to second stream crossing. 2.55 miles taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Monday, 9/18, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail. One lone bighorn ewe crossed trail right in front of me on my way down. 3.4 miles taking 1 hour 32 minutes.


Friday, 9/15, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. Trail in pretty good shape after Saturday's rain. Chat with Diane. 3.1 miles taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Thursday, 9/14, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. Some bad washed out places due to last Saturday's heavy rain. 3.3 miles taking 1 hour 34 minutes.


Wednesday, 9/13, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken. Still pretty hot. 2.68 miles taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Sunday, 9/10, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt. Hot and humid. Trail took quite a beating from yesterday's downpour. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 38 minutes.


Tuesday, 9/5, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.15 miles taking 58 minutes.


Friday, 9/1, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide trail with Jon to Tahquitz Peak. Work tower 8a to 4p. Jon worked the AM shift. 14 visitors.


Friday, 8/18, Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop. 4.75 miles taking 2 hours. Last tramway hike of the summer.


Tuesday, 8/15, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail from Mesquite. Four bighorn below the trail about halfway up. 3.35 miles taking 1 hour 34 minutes.


Friday, 8/11, Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop. 4.75 miles taking 2 hours 12 minutes. Foot still sore and have a bit of a head cold so not moving very fast today. Overcast with some thunderheads but no rain during hike.


Saturday, 8/5, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to plaque. Hot and humid.


Monday, 7/31, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken. 2.8 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/26, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak. Work tower 10a to 5p with Jon. 14 visitors. Seem to have strained/sprained my left foot/heel coming down SR with Jon.


Monday, 7/24, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. Overcast and very humid after some brief early morning rain. Chat with both Diane and Kathy along the trail. 3.15 miles taking 1 hour 26 minutes.


Friday, 7/21, Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop. 4.7 miles taking around 1 hour 56 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/18, Shannon trail - Track

Short hike up Shannon trail to Araby Pt. Pretty warm. 2.25 miles taking 54 minutes.


Monday, 7/17, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.15 miles taking 54 minutes.


Friday, 7/14, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike from tramway to Wellman Divide. 5.85 miles taking 2 hours 36 minutes.


Friday, 7/7, Tramway to mini caches - Track

Hike from tramway to Mini Cache One and Mini Cache Two. Seems i haven't visted these old archived caches since 2014. Both are my faves. I'm afraid Mini One's tree will fall over by the time i visit again.


Tuesday, 7/4, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Fourth of July hike up Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak. Work lookout with Jon.


Monday, 7/3, Garstin lollipop - Track

Early morning Garsin lollipop. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Sunday, 7/2, Shannon trail - Track

Early morning hike up Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt. 2.85 miles taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Friday, 6/30, Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop. 4.5 miles taking around 1 hour 55 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/27, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak. Worked the lookout 8:30a to 1:30p with Jon. Total of 10 visitors. Hot coming down SR trail in mid-afternoon.


Monday, 6/26, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak. Worked the lookout 12p to 5p having no visitors. Called in two smoke checks.


Friday, 6/23, San Jacinto peak - Track

Hike tramway to San Jacinto peak. 2 hour 20 minute hike time to peak via the Boy Scout route. Started out moving quickly but feeling the altitude near the summit slowed me down a lot.


Tuesday, 6/20, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak. Very warm even for me. Had to take frequent breaks on hike up to cool off. Worked the lookout 12p to 5p with a total of 7 visitors. Called in an un-permitted BBQ in Idyllwild.


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

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak. Started out hiking with Wen but she turned around after about a mile because of heat. Worked the lookout 12p to 5p having only 3 visitors.


Friday, 6/16, Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop. 5 miles taking around 1 hour 55 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/13, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.3 miles taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Monday, 6/12, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken lollipop. 3 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Sunday, 6/11, Oswit Canyon - Track

Quick walk up Oswit canyon to first stream crossing. 1.25 miles taking 30 minutes.


Saturday, 6/10, Garstin trail - Track

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree mtn. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 9 minutes.


Friday, 6/9, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail. 3.35 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Monday, 6/5, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to the plaque. Getting hot. 2.45 miles taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Sunday, 6/4, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.25 miles taking 55 minutes.


Friday, 6/2, Garstin trail - Track

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree mtn. 2.9 miles taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Wednesday, 5/31, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak - Track up, track down

Hike Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak to work afternoon shift after Jon’s morning shift. 1 hour 45 minute hike time up, 1 hour 28 minute hike time down. Spend night at Idyllwild Inn afterwards.


Monday, 5/29, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak - Track up, track down

Hike South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak with Kai and Ricky. Nice hike. Too bad no one was on duty in the tower.


Sunday, 5/28, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.3 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 5/24, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt. 2.95 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Monday, 5/22, Oswit Canyon - Track

Hike Oswit canyon to second stream crossing. Still some stagnant water in the rock pools. 2.6 miles taking 1 hour 4 minutes.


Saturday, 5/20, Garstin/Thielemann loop - Track

Hike Garstin/Thielemann loop. 3.6 miles taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Thursday, 5/18, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken. 2.75 miles taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Tuesday, 5/16, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.45 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 5/14, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike middle Lykken trail. 3.25 miles taking 1 hour 17 minutes total time.


Friday, 5/12, South Lykken - Track

Hike south Lykken trail. 2.15 miles taking 52 minutes.


Thursday, 5/11, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree mtn. 3.6 miles taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Monday, 5/8, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garsin lollipop. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Thursday, 5/4, Descanso trail - Track

Hike Descanso trail. 2.85 miles taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Wednesday, 5/3, North Lykken - Track

Hike north Lykken. A bit warm with temp 95° at 9a. 2.75 miles taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Sunday, 4/30, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.35 miles taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


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 Oswit canyon to second stream crossing. 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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