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Monday-Tuesday, 10/3-4, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house 7:40a, 7673 odo. Red Earth for beer, ice, and a Boyd's coffee. Truckhaven 9:20a. Start down Ella Wash but soft sand so turn around. Watch a plane do a couple touch-and-goes at BS airport. Borrego Springs road east to hwy 76 then back west. New water tower in Shelter Valley wasn't here last time. Agua Caliente store doesn't look like it's been open for a while. Carrizo overlook 11:30a. Pretty clouds over mtns to west. Salad for lunch at Bow Willow 11:50a. 94°. Campground vacant. Picked up some trash. Egg Mtn 12:30p. Still no cell reception. Carrizo Valley site, 1p, 97°, 151 miles today. Sitting in shade with fan plugged into Jackery. Bit humid but not too bad. Will see how it goes. All ocotillos are very green and healthy but none blooming. No cellphone reception at all. Fun listening to traffic reports on KPBS. No cars have been by my site all afternoon. Small sidewinder track on road thought might be near my camp but was UTL. Sunset north of canyon 5:20p, 92°. Looking at my tent. I love it. Have had for 20+ years. Many nights on desert. Should do a time-lapse video of tent setup next time. Mac and cheese dinner. In bed early as 1st quarter moon is too bright for stargazing. Calm night. Sleep pretty well even on a flat air mattress. Up at 5a with Canopus in south. Sunrise 6:40a, 74°. Depart camp 7:10a. Home at 10:20a. 132 miles today, 283 trip total.


Sunday, 10/2, Ride 11.11 miles

Downtown loop taking 45 minutes.


Saturday, 10/1, Ride 10.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Wednesday, 9/28, Ride 11.5 miles

Canyon Corridor loop taking 46 minutes.


Tuesday, 9/27, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to cache. Remove dozens of little rock piles all along trail.


Sunday, 9/25, Ride 10.1 miles

City loop taking 39 minutes.


Saturday, 9/24, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 37 minutes.


Thursday, 9/22, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt.


Tuesday, 9/20, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 9/18, Ride 13.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 52 minutes.


Saturday, 9/17, Ride 10.6 miles

City loop taking 43 minutes.


Thursday, 9/15, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn.


Wednesday, 9/14, Ride 10.9 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 9/13, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail. Not as hot but still humid.


Sunday, 9/11, Ride 11 miles

Airport/downtown loop taking 44 minutes.


Saturday, 9/10, Ride 12.1 miles

Andreas Hills loop taking 48 minutes.


Thursday, 9/8, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon to second stream crossing. Some freshly painted yellow dots. They are a totally unnecessary distraction and an ugly intrusion into canyon. Whomever is doing this please stop.


Tuesday, 9/6, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken.


Monday, 9/5, Ride 11.6 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 9/3, Ride 10.1 miles

City loop taking 40 minutes.


Thursday, 9/1, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Clean up yet another trash mess across from trailhead. Some people stopped to help which was nice.


Wednesday, 8/31, Ride 10.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Monday, 8/29, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Araby Pt.


Sunday, 8/28, Ride 11.7 miles

Playa del Rey loop taking 52 minutes.


Saturday, 8/27, Ride 18 miles

Playa to Manhattan Pier taking 1 hour 12 minutes.


Friday, 8/26, Ride 4.8 miles

Playa del Rey short loop taking 23 minutes.


Thursday, 8/25, Ride 12 miles

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Wednesday, 8/24, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to west peak.


Monday, 8/22, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to cache. Nice band of 12 sheep about a mile up trail.


Sunday, 8/21, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes. Clean up another trash mess at Oswit Canyon.


Saturday, 8/20, Ride 8.4 miles

Downtown loop taking 34 minutes. Muggy.


Thursday, 8/18, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Muggy yet again.


Wednesday, 8/17, Ride 12.1 miles

Tollgate loop taking 47 minutes.


Monday, 8/15, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Mtn with Christi. Still muggy.


Sunday, 8/14, Ride 10 miles

Downtown loop taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 8/13, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Wednesday, 8/10, Ride 11.5 miles

Tollgate loop taking 42 minutes.


Monday, 8/8, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Araby Pt. Muggy again.


Sunday, 8/7, Ride 10.1 miles

Downtown loop taking 40 minutes. Yucky haboob weather.


Saturday, 8/6, Ride 11.3 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Thursday, 8/4, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop.


Wednesday, 8/3, Ride 11.8 miles

Andreas Hills loop taking 46 minutes.


Monday, 8/1, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Family of bighorn near start of trail.


Sunday, 7/31, Ride 13.7 miles

Airport/downtown loop taking 55 minutes.


Saturday, 7/30, Ride 10.6 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Thursday, 7/28, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to cache.


Wednesday, 7/27, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Monday, 7/25, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Araby Pt with Kai. Muggy morning.


Sunday, 7/24, Ride 10.3 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 7/23, Ride 10.2 miles

Downtown/airport loop taking 40 minutes.


Friday, 7/22, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to west peak. Chat with Cathy.


Thursday, 7/21, Ride 16.5 miles

Canyon Corridor loops (3) taking 61 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/20, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Monday, 7/18, Araby trail

Abbreviated Araby trail hike. Muggy.


Sunday, 7/17, Ride 10.1 miles

City loop taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 7/16, Ride 10 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 40 minutes.


Thursday, 7/14, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 44 minutes.


Wednesday, 7/13, Ernie Maxwell loop

Walk roads up to Humber Park then back via Maxwell trail taking 2 hours 20 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/12, Devil's Slide

Hike Devil's Slide trail to Tahquitz Peak. Colin Smith in-service. 2 hours up time, 1 hour 50 minutes down, 3 hours 50 minutes total hiking time.


Sunday, 7/10, Ride 12 miles

Airport/downtown loop taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 7/9, Ride 10.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 37 minutes.


Friday, 7/8, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Araby Pt.


Wednesday, 7/6, Ride 11 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 7/5, Oswit Canyon

Brief hike in Oswit Canyon.


Sunday, 7/3, Ride 11.6 miles

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Saturday, 7/2, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes. Nice morning.


Friday, 7/1, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Wednesday, 6/29, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken.


Monday, 6/27, Ride 11 miles

Canyon Corridor loop taking 44 minutes.


Saturday, 6/25, Ride 13.5 miles

Monrovia to Sierra Madre and back taking 1 hour 2 minutes.


Thursday, 6/23, Ride 11.8 miles

Andreas Hills loop taking 45 minutes.


Tuesday, 6/21, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn.


Monday, 6/20, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 6/19, Ride 11.3 miles

Downtown loop taking 47 minutes.


Saturday, 6/18, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 43 minutes.


Friday, 6/17, Hike Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque. Someone shit right in middle of trail about halfway up near Araby Pt and left their turd and two soiled paper napkins. Fucking animals.


Wednesday, 6/15, Ernie Maxwell

Hike Ernie Maxwell trail from Idyllwild Inn to Humber Park with Wen taking 1 hour 35 minutes.


Monday, 6/13, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken.


Sunday, 6/12, Ride 10.7 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 43 minutes.


Saturday, 6/11, Ride 12 miles

City loop taking 49 minutes.


Thursday, 6/9, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken.


Wednesday, 6/8, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Tuesday, 6/7, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Sunday, 6/5, Fuller Ridge

Hike Fuller Ridge trail to Castle Rocks and back. I think is my favorite trail in the San Jacintos. Worked afternoon shift at Black Mtn lookout after.


Saturday, 6/4, Ride 8.7 miles

Downtown loop taking 36 minutes.


Friday, 6/3, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail.


Thursday, 6/2, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Tuesday, 5/31, South Ridge

Hike South Ridge to Tahquitz Peak. Visit with Jon at tower. 1 hour 55 minutes up, 1 hour 28 minutes down, 3 hours 23 minutes total hiking time.


Sunday, 5/29, Ride 11.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 45 minutes.


Saturday, 5/28, Ride 10 miles

City loop taking 40 minutes.


Thursday, 5/26, Ride 12 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 48 minutes.


Wednesday, 5/25, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop with Kai. Getting warm.


Monday, 5/23, Hike Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque.


Sunday, 5/22, Ride 13.5 miles

Airport/downtown loop taking 54 minutes.


Saturday, 5/21, Black Mountain opening

Open Black Mountain fire tower for season.


Friday, 5/20, Ride 13 miles

City loop taking 53 minutes.


Thursday, 5/19, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to cache.


Wednesday, 5/18, Ride 10.7 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Monday, 5/16, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 5/15, Ride 14.5 miles

City loop taking 1 hour.


Saturday, 5/14, Ride 10.4 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Thursday, 5/12, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail.


Wednesday, 5/11, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail to Smoketree Pt.


Monday, 5/9, Middle Lykken

Abbreviated Middle Lykken hike.


Sunday, 5/8, Ride 12.6 miles

City loop taking 50 minutes.


Saturday, 5/7, Ride 10.8 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Thursday, 5/5, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree Mtn.


Wednesday, 5/4, Ride 13.1 miles

Andreas Hills loop taking 53 minutes.


Monday, 5/2, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 5/1, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 4/30, Ride 10.75 miles

Downtown loop taking 44 minutes.


Friday, 4/29, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken.


wednesday-Thursday, 4/27-28, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house 11:45a, 5311 odo. Stop at Truckhaven, 1:05p, 91°. Fonts Wash lunch break, 1:30p. Vietnames spring rolls. Drive out to Fonts Point. Haven't been to the Fonts in a long time. Road in good shape and the Crosstrek had no problem. Two Pegleg campers. Ella Wash too windy so drive back over to Truckhaven arriving at 3:25p, 96°. Hazy, Signal Mtn not visible, and it's windy. Go back to Fonts Wash hoping for less wind. 108 miles today. Sunset 7:09p, 79°. Korean noodles for dinner. Windy all evening but at least the willow and smoke trees offer a little protection. No stargazing. In bed 8:30p. Windy all night but slept pretty well. Sunrise 6:24a, 68°. Depart camp 7a. Home about 8:30a. 72 miles today, 180 trip total.


Wednesday, 4/27, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to cache. Only a few people on trail.


Monday, 4/25, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin trail to Smoketree Mtn. Chat with Cathy.


Sunday, 4/24, Ride 12 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 48 minutes.


Saturday, 4/23, Ride 11.2 miles

City loop taking 47 minutes.


Thursday, 4/21, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon trail. Clean up some toilet paper mess right at Shannon's plaque. Disgraceful.


Wednesday, 4/20, Araby trail

Hike Araby trail.


Monday, 4/18, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Chat with Andy and Scott.


Sunday, 4/17, Ride 13 miles

City loop taking 52 minutes.


Saturday, 4/16, Ride 9.7 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 38 minutes. Went back after to clean up a trash mess near South Lykken trailhead.


Thursday, 4/14, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken. Mutilated (dead) red racer half way up trail. I assume human caused. What the hell is wrong with people? I moved it from the trail and placed under a creosote bush.


Wednesday, 4/13, Ride 12.7 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 55 minutes.


Monday, 4/11, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 4/10, Ride 11 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 4/9, Ride 9.6 miles

Downtown loop taking 38 minutes.


Thursday, 4/7, Ride 13.7 miles

Andreas Hills loop taking 55 minutes.


Wednesday, 4/6, Hike North Lykken

Hike North Lykken. New signage at Lykken/Museum/Skyline junction. Starting to get warm.


Monday, 4/4, Hike Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque. Rosy boa crossing trail near plaque. Second rosy in a week.


Sunday, 4/3, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Saturday, 4/2, Ride 10 miles

City loop taking 39 minutes.


Thursday, 3/31, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Wednesday, 3/30, Ride 12.2 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 52 minutes.


Monday, 3/28, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn with Wen. Saw a nice rosy boa along trail near Shannon junction.


Sunday, 3/27, Ride 8.5 miles

Downtown loop taking 34 minutes.


Saturday, 3/26, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 3/25, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken. Short hike. Getting warm.


wednesday-Thursday, 3/23-24, Anza-Borrego overnight

Depart house 7:45a, 4786 odo. AM/PM in Mecca for coffee. $1.99. Drive to AB via south entrance. Westmoreland at 9:30a. The town hasn't changed much. Nice driving through farmlands. Sign near Plaster City says road closed ahead so detour to I8. Ocotillo at 10:15a. Nice polite agent at Border Patrol checkpoint waved me through, didn't ask any questions, and just told me to have a nice day. So much better than the last time in 2013. Carrizo overlook 10:30a, breezy, 75°. Looks like a group camping on Egg Mtn so don't drive up. 10 sites occupied at Bow Willow. $20/night for camping, $10 day use. Mtn Palm Springs also $20 for camping but there are only people parked for $10 hiking. Arrive my Carrizo Valley site 11:10a. I think about the earliest i've ever arrived. Wasn't originally planning to stay but campsite in pretty good shape so will camp for night. Last time camping at Carrizo site was March 2017. 144 miles today. Pasta salad for lunch was good. No wildflowers. Some of the ocotillos are blooming. My ocotillo is still healthy. The desert looks good with no invasive grasses nor Sahara mustard. Listening to Ketanji Brown Jackson judicial interviews on radio. Was listening to Barret interviews Oct 2020. Weird coincidence. No cellphone signal at all at campsite. Light breeze off and on in afternoon. High temp around 80°. Nice afternoon with only a couple vehicles driving by. S2 very calm not much traffic. Sunset over ridge 5:46p. 76°. Canned spaghetti for dinner. Stars are nice but i'm seeing double. Time to sleep. Calm night. Slept well. Sunrise 6:40a, 58°. Coyotes calling after sunrise. Depart camp 8:10a. Drive up June Wash. I don't think i've ever gone up June Wash before. Nice area. Stop south of Borrego Springs for a little break. Eat can of chicken. 4 campers at Pegleg. Subaru turns 5000 miles while passing Arroyo Salado on drive home. Home 11:40a. 135 miles today, 279 miles trip total.


Monday, 3/21, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 3/20, Ride 10.2 miles

Downtown/airport loop taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 3/19, Ride 10.7 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 3/18, Henderson trail

Hike Henderson loop.


Monday, 3/14, Oswit Canyon

Hike Oswit Canyon. Lots of wildflowers.


Sunday, 3/13, Ride 10 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 3/12, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Monday, 3/7, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to cache. Talk with Scott re people with dogs on trail.


Sunday, 3/6, Ride 13 miles

Little Tuscany loop taking 54 minutes.


Saturday, 3/5, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes. Windy.


Wednesday, 3/2, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to Smoketree Pt taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool at the shady start but warm and sunny at top. Lots of wildflowers.


Monday, 2/28, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Warm with lots of blooming encelia and creosote.


Sunday, 2/27, Ride 8.4 miles

Downtown loop taking 36 minutes.


Saturday, 2/26, Ride 10.5 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 41 minutes.


Thursday, 2/24, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Nice bright clear cool day. Small band of sheep at top of trail.


Tuesday, 2/22, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken and place new Tahquitz Overlook (GC2569) geocache.


Sunday, 2/20, Ride 8.5 miles

City loop taking 35 minutes.


Saturday, 2/19, Ride 10.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 42 minutes.


Friday, 2/18, Ride 8 miles

Downtown loop taking 34 minutes.


Thursday, 2/17, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to remove cache. Breezy.


Monday, 2/14, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 2/13, Ride 10.1 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Saturday, 2/12, Ride 10.9 miles

City loop taking 45 minutes. Tour de Palm Springs in progress.


Friday, 2/11, Araby loop

Hike Araby loop coming down old trail through the trailer park.


Thursday, 2/10, Anza-Borrego day trip

Depart home 7:20a. Truckhaven at 8:40a, 76°, windy but bright clear day. Drive through Arroyo Salado, Ella Wash, and a bit up Rockhouse Canyon Road. 10 campers at Pegleg. Library at 10:30a and use wifi a bit. Not windy in BS. Kippers for lunch at Christmas Circle. Sit in shade of smoketree along Fonts wash before driving home. Moonrise over Pyramid (?) Pk at 12:48p. Home 2:40p, 174 miles for trip. Good to visit the AB.


Wednesday, 2/9, North Lykken

Hike North Lykken lollipop.


Monday, 2/7, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque.


Sunday, 2/6, Ride 10.6 miles

City loop taking 42 minutes.


Saturday, 2/5, Ride 10.2 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 40 minutes.


Wednesday, 2/2, Ride 8.7 miles

Downtown loop taking 38 minutes.


Monday, 1/31, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 1/30, Ride 8.1 miles

Canyon Corridor loop taking 31 minutes.


Saturday, 1/29, Ride 9 miles

Downtown loop taking 38 minutes.


Friday, 1/28, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken to Meditation Pt taking 1 hour 10 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/26, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin lollipop taking 1 hour 20 minutes.


Sunday, 1/23, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Saturday, 1/22, Ride 10.1 miles

Downtown loop taking 42 minutes.


Wednesday, 1/19, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken. Beautiful morning and only a couple people on trail.


Monday, 1/17, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Sunday, 1/16, Ride 12.4 miles

Downtown/city loop taking 52 minutes.


Saturday, 1/15, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Thursday, 1/13, Shannon trail

Hike Shannon to plaque. Chat with Andy and Jen.


Wednesday, 1/12, Ride 9.7 miles

Las Palmas loop taking 41 minutes.


Monday, 1/10, South Lykken

Hike South Lykken.


Sunday, 1/9, Ride 11.2 miles

Airport/city loop taking 46 minutes.


Saturday, 1/8, Ride 8.2 miles

Canyon corridor loop taking 32 minutes.


Thursday, 1/6, Garstin trail

Hike Garstin to Smoketree Mtn taking 1 hour 15 minutes. Beautiful morning.


Tuesday, 1/4, Middle Lykken

Hike Middle Lykken taking 1 hour 20 minutes. Lots of people on trail.


Sunday, 1/2, Ride 10 miles

Tollgate out-and-back taking 39 minutes.


Saturday, 1/1, Ride 8.7 miles

New Year's Day downtown loop taking 36 minutes.



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