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Wednesday, 8/21, South Lykken

South Lykken trail taking 55 minutes.


Monday, 8/12, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to west peak taking 58 minutes.


Sunday, 8/11, Ride 12.6 miles - Track

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Saturday, 8/10, Tramway Long Valley loop

Hike tramway Long Valley loop to retrieve reflector.


Friday, 8/9, Tramway Long Valley loop

Hike tramway Long Valley loop. Place reflector near Grubb's Notch.


Thursday, 8/8, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to retrieve reflector.


Monday, 8/5, Middle Lykken

Early morning hike up Middle Lykken just to the waterfall view taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Saturday, 8/3, Ride 10.5 miles - Track

Foothill, Sierra Madre, Colorado loop taking 45 minutes.


Friday, 8/2, Chantry Flat to Hoegee's Camp - Track

Hike Chantry Flat to Hoegee's Camp via Upper Winter Creek trail then back on the lower trail. Nice loop. 4.3 miles per GPS taking 1 hour 56 minutes. I think actual distance closer to 5 miles.


Wednesday, 7/31, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to plaque again to relocate reflector to a better position.


Monday, 7/29, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to plaque to place reflector.


Sunday, 7/28, Ride 10.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 7/26, Tramway High Trail loop - Track

Hike tramway High Trail loop (CW). 4.1 miles taking 1 hour 47 minutes. Hip joint bothering me a bit.


Wednesday, 7/24, Ride 11 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor loop taking 42 minutes.


Monday, 7/22, South Lykken

Early morning South Lykken hike taking 51 minutes.


Sunday, 7/21, Ride 8.4 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor loop taking 31 minutes.


Saturday, 7/20, Ride 15.2 miles - Track

Tollgate/city loop taking 56 minutes.


Friday, 7/19, Tramway to mini caches - Track

My annual tramway hike to Mini Cache Two and then to Mini Cache One.


Wednesday, 7/17, Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Hike Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak. Work AM shift 9a to 2p. 2 hours hike time up, 1 hour 42 minutes down. Bit warm coming down in mid-afternoon.


Monday, 7/15, Shannon trail

Early morning hike up Shannon trail taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Sunday, 7/14, Ride 10.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 7/13, Ride 13.8 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 52 minutes.


Friday, 7/12, Tramway High Trail loop - Track

Hike tramway High Trail loop (CW). 4.8 miles taking 2 hours. Only one other person on 11:40a tramcar down!


Thursday, 7/11, Ride 11.6 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 46 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/9, Garstin trail

Early morning hike up Garstin trail taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Monday, 7/8, Araby trail

Early morning hike up Araby trail taking 1 hour 22 minutes.


Sunday, 7/7, Ride 12.3 miles - Track

Las Palmas loop taking 47 minutes.


Saturday, 7/6, Ride 11.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Thursday, 7/4, South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak

Hike South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak. 1 hour 42 minutes hike time up, 1 hour 30 minutes down. Work tower with Jon King. 6.9 earthquake in Ridgecrest felt at tower.


Wednesday, 7/3, Ride 11.5 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Monday, 7/1, South Lykken

Early morning hike up South Lykken taking 52 minutes.


Sunday, 6/30, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 47 minutes.


Saturday, 6/29, Ride 11.3 miles - Track

Downtown loop taking 45 minutes.


Friday, 6/28, Tramway to San Jacinto - Track

Hike tramway to San Jacinto Peak. Hike most of way with James Meier as he was on same 8a tramcar. 9.45 miles taking 4 hours 25 minutes hiking time. 2 hours 20 minutes to summit hut with an overall time of around 5 and a half hours. Nice day on the trail but tramway quite busy.


Wednesday, 6/26, Ride 11.4 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Monday, 6/24, Fuller Ridge

Hike Fuller Ridge to Castle Rocks and hike out with Jon King (SanJacJon.com) after his 24th consecutive summiting of SJP.


Saturday, 6/22, Ride 14 miles - Track

Tollgate and Andreas Hills taking 52 minutes.


Friday, 6/21, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to picnic tables taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Thursday, 6/20, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 18 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/18, South Lykken

Early morning hike up South Lykken taking 50 minutes.


Sunday, 6/16, Ride 13.2 miles - Track

Little Tuscany loop taking 53 minutes.


Saturday, 6/15, Ride 14.3 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor laps (2) taking 55 minutes.


Friday, 6/14, Tramway to Wellman Divide - Track

Hike tramway to Wellman Divide then back via High Trail. 6.1 miles taking 2 hours 50 minutes.


Thursday, 6/13, North Lykken

Early morning hike up North Lykken taking 1 hour 14 minutes.


Wednesday, 6/12, Araby trail

Early morning hike up Araby trail taking 1 hour 25 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/11, Ride 10.8 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 6/8, Ride 13 miles - Track

City loop taking 51 minutes.


Friday, 6/7, Tramway to Hidden Lake - Track

Hike tramway to Hidden Lake then High Trail to Round Valley and back on main trail. Hidden Lake is full for the first time in a decade. Also the Round Valley creek is flowing very well. 5.8 miles taking 2 hours 30 minutes.


Wednesday, 6/5, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Tuesday, 6/4, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 13 minutes.


Sunday, 6/2, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Saturday, 6/1, Ride 12.3 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 47 minutes.


Thursday, 5/30, Desert Divide - Track

Hike Desert Divide from Humber Park to Zen Center with Jon King (SanJacJon.com). Lots of down trees on PCT. Boulder blocking trail north of Antsell Rock a bit exposed to get around. I would not have attempted had i not been with Jon. Exit via the Apple Canyon (Zen Center) trail. Trail quite hard to follow in places but faster than our planned Spitler trail exit. 12.3 miles taking about 7 hours total time including snack breaks.


Tuesday, 5/28, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Chat with Diane.


Sunday, 5/26, Ride 12.6 miles - Track

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 46 minutes.


Saturday, 5/25, Ride 13.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 54 minutes.


Thursday, 5/23, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Little band of bighorn just north of the vista point. I kind of spooked them when i came up to the ridge. Weather overcast and cool.


Tuesday, 5/21, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken trail.


Sunday, 5/19, Ride 11.1 miles - Track

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Saturday, 5/18, Black Mtn trail

Hike Black Mtn trail for tower opening. Trail in pretty bad shape. 2 hours hike time up, 1 hour 30 minutes down.


Friday, 5/17, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 46 minutes.


Monday, 5/13, Henderson trail

Hike Henderson trail then back via wash. Feeling a bit run down this morning.


Sunday, 5/12, Ride 15 miles - Track

City loop taking 57 minutes.


Saturday, 5/11, Ride 12.2 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 46 minutes.


Friday, 5/10, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to boulder. Some stagnant water in the stone pools. Foxtail seeds very annoying.


Wednesday, 5/8, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 5/7, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Sunday, 5/5, Ride 14.2 miles - Track

Little Tuscany loop taking 56 minutes.


Saturday, 5/4, Ride 12.1 miles - Track

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Thursday, 5/2, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken trail.


Wednesday, 5/1, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken trail taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Nice little band of bighorn just above trail at the shady corner.


Monday, 4/29, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 48 minutes.


Sunday, 4/28, Ride 12.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 4/27, Ride 12.2 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Thursday, 4/25, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Warming up.


Sunday-Tuesday, 4/14-23, Japan trip - Photos

Trip to Japan with Wen visiting Tokyo and Kyoto.


Saturday, 4/13, Ride 12.4 miles - Track

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Thursday, 4/11, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail taking 1 hour 15 minutes. All the foxtails gone to seed.


Tuesday, 4/9, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Sunday, 4/7, Ride 11.5 miles - Track

Downtown loop taking 46 minutes.


Saturday, 4/6, Ride 12 miles - Track

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Friday, 4/5, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 10 minutes. Lupine all gone to seed.


Thursday, 4/4, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 50 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/3, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 3/31, Ride 10.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 39 minutes.


Saturday, 3/30, Ride 12.3 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 47 minutes.


Friday, 3/29, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Thursday, 3/28, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/26, Descanso trail

Hike Descanso trail. Lower section of trail damaged from last month's rains.


Sunday, 3/24, Ride 15.6 miles - Track

Canyon Corridor laps (3) taking 58 minutes.


Saturday, 3/23, Ride 14.5 miles - Track

Little Tuscany loop taking 59 minutes.


Thursday, 3/21, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Tuesday, 3/19, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to second stream crossing. Water flowing through the stone pools but not at either stream crossing. Lots and lots of brome. Ugh.


Sunday, 3/17, Ride 11 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 3/15, Hike Cathedral Canyon area - Track

Hike east from Cathedral Canyon with Jim Stephens. Wildflowers at peak bloom. 6 miles taking 2 hours 40 minutes.


Thursday, 3/14, North Lykken lollipop

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Bright clear cool day with lots of lupine and not much mustard. Only a few cars at trailhead and not many hikers on trail. Except for one annoying guy playing loud music with an agressive dog.


Wednesday, 3/13, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Monday, 3/11, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 52 minutes. Lots of people on trail.


Sunday, 3/10, Ride 8.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 33 minutes.


Saturday, 3/9, Ride 13 miles - Track

City loop taking 52 minutes. Flat tire (front) at 9 miles.


Friday, 3/8, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Very windy day but almost no mustard!


Thursday, 3/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail doing more pulling and spraying taking 1 hour 30 minutes.


Monday, 3/4, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Lots of people on trail plus one big group.


Sunday, 3/3, Cottonwood bajada wildflowers - Photos

Joshua Tree National Park day trip to Cottonwood bajada wildflowers with Wen, Kai and Sarah. Pretty much at peak bloom.


Saturday, 3/2, Ride 10.8 miles - Track

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Thursday, 2/28, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail pulling and spraying taking almost 2 hours.


Wednesday, 2/27, Garstin lollipop

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 25 minutes. Mustard not too bad. Maybe my efforts from prior years is finally paying off. Lots of people, 4 horses, and 1 dog on trail.


Tuesday, 2/26, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail pulling and spraying taking 52 minutes. Losing battle.


Monday, 2/25, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 52 minutes.


Saturday, 2/23, Ride 10.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 44 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/20, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Pull up a bit of mustard along middle section.


Tuesday, 2/19, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to upper stream crossing. Good flow of water at the upper crossing and through the stone pools. Even a small flow at the lower crossing.


Saturday, 2/16, Ride 7.6 miles - Track

Ride cut short by flat tire 4 miles out. 31 minutes.


Friday, 2/15, Ride 12 miles - Track

City loop checking flood damage taking 54 minutes.


Thursday, 2/14, Rain!

Heavy rain all day receiving approx 4" at home. All washes are flowing heavily.


Tuesday, 2/12, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken taking 1 hour 12 minutes. A group from the Friends of the Desert Mountains was doing some trail work and graffiti eradication. Thank you!


Monday, 2/11, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 15 minutes.


Thursday, 2/7, Oswit geocache

Hike to my Cahuilla (GC3D4) geocache in Oswit Canyon.


Wednesday, 2/6, Oswit pictographs

Hike to Oswit Canyon pictographs.


Tuesday, 2/5, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to West Pt taking 55 minutes.


Sunday, 2/3, Ride 10 miles - Track

City loop taking 41 minutes.


Friday, 2/1, Shannon graffiti

Work on removing some Shannon trail graffiti with Andy Hollinger's help.


Thursday, 1/31, South Lykken through hike

Hike South Lykken from Oswit through to Mesquite taking 1 hour 48 minutes car-to-car. Lots of people on trail near the start but had trail mostly to myself later on. Nice hike.


Wednesday, 1/30, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 12 minutes. Mustard so far not too bad this year.


Sunday, 1/27, Ride 12.2 miles - Track

Andreas Hills out-and-back taking 46 minutes.


Saturday, 1/26, Ride 11.5 miles - Track

City loop taking 47 minutes.


Friday, 1/25, Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop

Hike Palm Canyon, Wentworth, Vandeventer loop via Potato Head Wash taking 2 hours. Beautiful bright clear day. No other hikers on the loop although the canyon was busy.


Wednesday, 1/23, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken taking 49 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/22, North Lykken lollipop

Hike North Lykken lollipop taking 1 hour 16 minutes. Breezy and a bit cool. Hardly anyone on trail.


Sunday, 1/20, Ride 13.2 miles - Track

Little Tuscany loop taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 1/19, Ride 12.2 miles - Track

Tollgate out-and-back taking 47 minutes.


Friday, 1/16, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Need to spray again.


Wednesday, 1/16, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to Tahquitz Pt in the fog taking 1 hour 18 minutes. Small band of sheep at the point.


Sunday, 1/13, Ride 14.2 miles - Track

City loop taking 57 minutes. Feels good to be on bike again.


Thursday, 1/10, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 11 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/9, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 8 minutes.


Tuesday, 1/8, Descanso trail

Hike Descanso trail to Lykken and back. First hike of 2019. Feels good to be out hiking after being sick.



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