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Friday, 8/10, Tramway to mini caches - Track

Hike from tramway to Mini Cache One and Mini Cache Two. Mini One's tree is still standing but leaning a bit these days. Hiked out via Sid Davis route.


Thursday, 8/9, Ride 11.4 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Tuesday, 8/7, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor loops taking 46 minutes.


Sunday, 8/5, Ride 12.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 46 minutes.


Saturday, 8/4, Ride 14 miles - Track

Little Tuscany loop taking 58 minutes.


Friday, 8/3, Tramway Round Valley loop

Hike tramway Round Valley loop.


Thursday, 8/2, Old Deer Spring trail

Hike Old Deer Spring trail to Suicide Rock with Jon and Anne. My first time on this trail. Did a bit of trail clearing.


Monday, 7/31, Ride 10.8 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Sunday, 7/29, Ride 12 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor loops taking 44 minutes.


Saturday, 7/28, Ride 12 miles - Track

Downtown loop taking 46 minutes.


Friday, 7/27, Ride 10.8 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/25, Ernie Maxwell trail

Hike Ernie Maxwell trail out-and-back with Wen.


Tuesday, 7/24, Ride 8 miles - Track

Afternoon Idyllwild loop taking 45 minutes. Honestly a harder ride than this morning's 20 due to heat and steep roads.


Tuesday, 7/24, Ride 19.9 miles - Track

Garner Valley out-and-back riding with Jon King starting from Lake Hemet store taking 1 hour 12 minutes. Really enjoyed the ride.


Sunday, 7/22, Ride 12.1 miles - Track

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Saturday, 7/21, Ride 17 miles - Track

Little Tuscany/city loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Friday, 7/20, Tramway High trail loop - Track

Hike tramway High trail loop.


Thursday, 7/19, Ride 11.5 miles - Track

Tollgate loop taking 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/16, Idyllwild to tramway - Track

Hike Humber Park to Tramway via Wellman Divide. I was really dragging on the trail with hike taking 5 hours.


Monday, 7/16, Tramway to Tahquitz Peak and Idyllwild

Hike Tramway to Tahquitz Peak via Willow Creek trail. Work afternoon shift in tower. Only 4 visitors. After shift hike down via Devil's Slide and spend night in Idyllwild. The hike in from tram took 3 hours, longer than i had anticipated.


Sunday, 7/15, Ride 14.5 miles - Track

Little Tuscany loop taking 57 minutes.


Friday, 7/13, Tramway Wellman, Saddle Junction, Willow Creek loop - Track

Hike tramway, Round Valley, Wellman Divide, Saddle Junction, Willow Creek loop. Meet hikers Debra and Ralph and hike with them part of the time. Nice people and enjoyed the company. Clouds much of day keeping temps cooler. First time hiking Willow Creek trail since reopening after Mountain Fire. Sad to see all the dead trees but also not as bad as i was expecting. 10.7 miles per GPS taking 4 hours 42 minutes hiking time.


Thursday, 7/12, Ride 10.4 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor loop taking 39 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/10, Ride 14.5 miles - Track

Tollgate loop taking 54 minutes. Bit of rain in canyon area.


Sunday, 7/8, Ride 12.3 miles - Track

Downtown loop taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 7/7, Ride 9.9 miles - Track

Quick early ride to see extent of yesterday's fire in canyons taking 38 minutes. Fire is out on hillside but still a bit of smoldering on east where structures used to be.


Friday, 7/6, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide. 5.8 miles (per GPS) taking 2 hours 34 minutes. RV pipe flowing weakly at 0.10 GPM.


Wednesday, 7/4, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak. Work tower 9:30a to 1:30p with Jon King. 18 visitors while i was on-duty. Jon called in a fire Tripp Flats area after i left. 1 hour 30 minutes time up, 1 hour 20 minutes down.


Monday, 7/2, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 46 minutes.


Sunday, 7/1, Ride 15.1 miles - Track

Tollgate/downtown loop taking 58 minutes.


Saturday, 6/30, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak. Work tower 10a to 5p. Perfect day with 67° high temp and 67 visitors.


Friday, 6/29, Ride 12.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 46 minutes.


Thursday, 6/28, Ride 15.25 miles - Track

City loop taking 57 minutes.


Sunday, 6/24, Ride 14.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 53 minutes.


Friday, 6/22, Fuller Ridge - Track

Hike Fuller Ridge to Dear Spring trail and back. A bit warm toward end returning to trailhead. 9.25 miles taking 4 hours 24 minutes hiking time, 5 hours total time.


Wednesday, 6/20, Ride 14.7 miles - Track

Andreas Hills loop taking 55 minutes.


Monday, 6/18, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Sunday, 6/17, Ride 15.8 miles - Track

Tollgate/downtown loop taking 1 hour.


Saturday, 6/16, Ride 12.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Friday, 6/15, Tramway Round Valley loop - Track

Hike tramway Round Valley loop. Very fresh deer carcass from mountain lion kill along High trail. Also measure water flow at RV pipe: 0.26 gallons per minute. Cooler today than last Friday. 4.3 miles per GPS taking 1 hour 46 minutes.


Thursday, 6/14, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 55 minutes.


Wednesday, 6/13, Ride 14.5 miles - Track

City loops taking 54 minutes.


Monday, 6/11, Ride 12.6 miles - Track

Andreas Hills loop taking 47 minutes.


Saturday, 6/9, Ride 15.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Friday, 6/8, Tramway to Wellman Divide loop - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide via main trail then back on High trail. 6.2 miles per GPS taking 2 hours 48 minutes. Nice day. Not many people on tram nor hiking trails.


Wednesday, 6/6, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/5, North Lykken lollipop

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Warm.


Sunday, 6/3, Ride 12.8 miles - Track

Las Palmas loop taking 50 minutes.


Saturday, 6/2, Ride 10.2 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes.


Friday, 6/1, Deer Springs, Strawberry, Devil's Slide loop - Track

Hike Deer Springs trail to Strawberry trail then PCT to Devil's Slide trail to Humber park. Much warmer today than yesterday. Still a bit of usable water at Strawberry Cienega but will probably be dry pretty soon. Good hike but not sure i really enjoyed it that much. Seemed more like work as i was just focused on getting to end. A bit worn out maybe. Hike taking about 5 hours overall.


Thursday, 5/31, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak. Work tower 11a to 4p. Temps a bit cool with high of 56°. Only 5 visitors. Today is also my birthday!


Wednesday, 5/30, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 12 minutes. Saw that attractive woman with nice legs again.


Tuesday, 5/29, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike Middle Lykken to Meditation Pt taking 1 hour 5 minutes. Warm and a bit humid.


Sunday, 5/28, Ride 16.2 miles - Track

Andreas Hills loop taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Saturday, 5/26, Ride 12.7 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes. Easy ride as i have a head cold.


Thursday, 5/24, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to second stream crossing.


Monday, 5/21, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 5/20, Ride 15.25 miles - Track

Tollgate/downtown loop taking 57 minutes.


Saturday, 5/19, Ride 13.9 miles - Track

Las Palmas loop taking 55 minutes.


Friday, 5/18, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Thursday, 5/17, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Tuesday, 5/15, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 50 minutes.


Sunday, 5/13, Ride 10.1 miles - Track

Downtown loop taking 39 minutes.


Saturday, 5/12, Ride 10.9 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Thursday, 5/10, Ride 24 miles - Track

Beach cities coastal ride taking 1 hour 40 minutes. Good ride!


Tuesday, 5/8, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Mtn. 4 miles taking 1 hour 28 minutes. Woman with nice legs heading up near start of trail as i was heading down. Seems it's legs week on trails.


Monday, 5/7, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby trail. 3.8 miles taking 1 hour 19 minutes. Cute girl with very pretty legs running trail.


Sunday, 5/6, Ride 14 miles - Track

Las Palmas loop taking 56 minutes.


Saturday, 5/5, Ride 15.3 miles - Track

Tollgate/city loop taking 59 minutes.


Friday, 5/4, North Lykken - Track

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Thursday, 5/3, Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, East Fork loop

Hike Palm Canyon, Vandeventer, East Fork loop taking 2 hours 24 minutes.


Tuesday, 5/1, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Monday, 4/30, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 52 minutes.


Sunday, 4/29, Ride 18.1 miles - Track

Tollgate/AndreasHills/city loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Saturday, 4/28, Ride 11.5 miles - Track

Downtown loop taking 46 minutes.


Friday, 4/27, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Thursday, 4/26, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 30 minutes. Temps starting to get warmer.


Monday, 4/23, Mt Wilson hike - Track

Hike Mt Wilson with Norm going up Sturtevant trail and down via Upper Winter Creek trail. Approximately 14 mile loop taking us over 8 hours total time. I probably would have done somewhat faster on my own but Norm hikes a bit slower and takes longer breaks than i generally do. A really good hike with near perfect conditions. My first time on Mt Wilson. Also fun seeing 100" Hooker telescope at summit.


Sunday, 4/22, Ride 14.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes.


Saturday, 4/21, Ride 15.3 miles - Track

Canyon loop taking 58 minutes. Paula let me in for free even though my pass expired last month.


Friday, 4/20, Araby trail

Hike Araby to remove graffiti. Cleaned up pretty well using Goof Off and wire brush.


Thursday, 4/19, Araby trail

Hike Araby taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Some fresh graffiti on a few boulders along middle section of trail.


Tuesday, 4/17, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Sunday, 4/15, Ride 14.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 57 minutes.


Saturday, 4/14, Ride 14.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Friday, 4/13, North Lykken lollipop

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Monday-Wednesday, 4/9-11, Anza-Borrego camping and riding

Monday: Depart home 10a, 36357 odo. Gas $3.09 at Red Earth. Drive through Truckhaven site. Desert very brown. Five campers at Pegleg. Sardines for lunch at Christmas Circle park using open wifi and watching an aerobatic plane over BS airport. Drive to south park and make quick inspection of my Carrizo Valley site. Still too rocky to camp. Egg Mtn at 2p, 92°. Google phone has almost no coverage here unlike Verizon where i always get a strong signal. Decide to camp at Bow Willow arriving 3p, 96°. Drive 145 miles today. Site #4 in north loop. $15 fee. Two sites occupied in south loop but i have north loop to myself. Bow Willow is where i camped for first time in AB desert long ago circa 1975. Road freshly graded. Was pretty rough back in Oct. Some thin high overcast with light breeze. Very nice afternoon. Calm by evening. Sunset 5:50p behind ridge at campsite, 90°. (Actual local sunset about an hour later.) Instant noodles for dinner. In bed by 8p.

Tuesday: Quiet calm night. Slept well. 62° overnight low temp. Sunrise 6:20a. Depart camp 8a and drive back to north. Ride Borrego Springs loop, 19.25 miles taking 1 hour 8 minutes. (Track) Sit in park a while using wifi. Since i seem to have only shady table in park an older Mexican man came over and asked if he could sit with me. Was a nice surprize bit of humanity. Cabeza tacos for lunch at Los Jilbertos. Stop by BS library for a bit. Center Market for beer and ice. Only three Pegleg campers today. Arrive Ella Wash site 2:20p, 98°. 69 miles today. Warm quiet afternoon. Wind picks up at 6p. Glad i already have tent pitched. Sunset 6:59p, 90°. Instant noodles for dinner. In bed at 8:45p.

Wednesday: Breezy until around 3a then calm. Sunrise 6:28a, 72° overnight low temp. Ride S22 from Thimble Trail, 20.9 miles taking 1 hour 24 minutes. (Track) Pretty strong headwind from west but fast cruizing when eastbound. Quick break at Calcite overlook before driving home. 74 miles today. 288 miles trip total.


Saturday, 4/7, Ride 12.9 miles - Track

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Friday, 4/6, Desert Divide hike - Track

Hike Desert Divide from Morris Ranch to Spitler trail with Jon King. Checked Cedar Spring, then continued north to Spitler trail. Jon went up to Apache Spring and back. Chatted with a couple of interesting PCT through-hikers. It's been a long time since i hiked Desert Divide. Was very good to hike again. Also Spitler trail is a long fucking walk that takes forever to go anywhere. 15 miles taking a bit under 7 hours total time.


Thursday, 4/5, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 52 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/4, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Monday, 4/2, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Sunday, 4/1, Ride 15 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 3/31, Ride 12.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Thursday, 3/29, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken. Meet hiker Lydia and also chat with Bighorn Institute guy. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Wednesday, 3/28, Araby trail

Hike Araby taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Nice warm clear day.


Monday, 3/26, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 14 minutes. Carry out a full bag of trash plus an old jacket and a fur lined hat.


Sunday, 3/25, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop with Kai taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Saturday, 3/24, Ride 16.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 6 minutes.


Friday, 3/23, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wednesday, 3/21, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt with Wen taking 1 hour 28 minutes. New trail markers along wash from parking area.


Tuesday, 3/20, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to second stream crossing. Did some spraying.


Monday, 3/19, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 50 minutes.


Sunday, 3/18, Ride 16.3 miles - Track

City loop taking 1 hour 1 minute.


Saturday, 3/17, Ride 13.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 52 minutes.


Friday, 3/16, Thielemann/Garstin loop - Track

Hike Thielemann/Garstin loop going over Smoketree Mtn. 4.1 miles taking 1 hour 27 minutes. Jeep battery dead at end of hike but got jumpstart from a friendly hiker.


Wednesday, 3/14, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike Middle Lykken. Nice day with pretty clouds. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/13, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 16 minutes. Mustard not bad so far.


Sunday, 3/11, Ride 15 miles - Track

City loop taking 57 minutes.


Saturday, 3/10, Ride 13.4 miles - Track

City loop with light rain taking 54 minutes.


Thursday, 3/8, Araby trail - Track (downhill only)

Hike Araby trail to my Araby Hope (GC9FD) geocache taking 1 hour 45 minutes total time. Cache is in good shape considering it's been in place for almost 17 years!


Tuesday, 3/6, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Monday, 3/5, North Lykken lollipop

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 3/4, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Saturday, 3/3, Ride 13.9 miles - Track

Canyon loop taking 53 minutes.


Thursday, 3/1, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Wednesday, 2/28, Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop - Track

Hike Palm Canyon, Dry Wash, Vandeventer, Wentworth loop via Potato Head wash. Beautiful clear cool day. Hiked first 2 miles with Ellen, Sally, and Marilyn as they started their overnight backpack. 7.7 miles taking 2 hours 58 minutes hiking time.


Monday, 2/26, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 30 minutes total time. Also checked my Flag Over Palm Springs (GC2165) geocache. No visitors since 2016. Sad.


Sunday, 2/25, Ride 14.5 miles - Track

Canyon loop taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 2/24, Ride 14 miles - Track

City loop taking 57 minutes.


Friday, 2/23, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to picnic tables. Nice band of about 10 bighorn above traverse.


Wednesday, 2/21, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Sunday, 2/18, Ride 19.3 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Saturday, 2/17, Cathedral Canyon to Dunn Road loop - Track

Hike Cathedral Canyon to Dunn Road loop with the Jims. Nice hike and pretty day. Didn't pass any other hikers. 8.2 miles taking 4 hours hiking time.


Thursday, 2/15, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail. Spraying.


Friday-Tuesday, 2/9-13, Seattle trip - Photos

Seattle to visit Kai. Light rain Friday evening but mostly sunny yet chilly remainder of our visit.


Wednesday, 2/7, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Tuesday, 2/6, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail. Pull some mustard but need to spray next time.


Sunday, 2/4, Ride 14.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 2/3, Ride 13.2 miles - Track

Canyon loop taking 48 minutes.


Friday, 2/2, Descanso trail

Hike Descanso trail to Oswit Pt taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/31, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Monday, 1/29, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt. 3.2 miles taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 1/28, Ride 18.7 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Saturday, 1/27, Ride 18 miles - Track

CV Link + city loop taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Friday, 1/26, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail.


Thursday, 1/25, Henderson trail

Hike Henderson trail. Back via wash.


Wednesday, 1/24, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 1/22, North Lykken lollipop - Track

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 1/21, Ride 13.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes.


Friday, 1/19, Palm Canyon West Fork - Track

Hike Palm Canyon West Fork to just above Pelton junction. 5.1 miles taking 1 hour 59 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/17, Araby trail - Track

Hike Araby. Doug and his helper doing some trail work about half way up. 3.94 miles taking 1 hour 28 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/16, Shannon trail - Track

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt. 3.24 miles taking 1 hour 16 minutes.


Monday, 1/15, Garstin lollipop - Track

Hike Garstin lollipop. 3.5 miles taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Sunday, 1/14, Ride 24.5 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 36 minutes.


Friday, 1/12, Middle Lykken - Track

Hike Middle Lykken. 3.4 miles taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Thursday, 1/11, North Lykken - Track

Hike North Lykken. 3 miles taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/10, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken and Oswit to first stream crossing taking 1 hour 5 minutes.


Sunday, 1/7, Ride 14 miles - Track

City loop taking 56 minutes.


Saturday, 1/6, Ride 21.4 miles - Track

Canyon/city loop taking 1 hour 23 minutes.


Friday, 1/5, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 30 minutes. Lots of people on trail today. Good to be hiking again after Taipei trip.


Wednesday, 1/3, Taiwan trip - Photos

Return from Taipei. Was a good trip.



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