Hiking Santa Barbara, San Diego, and beyond, one peak at a time. I encourage people to get outside, promote stewardship of the outdoors, and engage people in the spirit of the wilderness. Feel free to reach out to me with questions.

Peak 78 – Chariot Mountain – A inverted hike along the edge

Chariot MountainElevation: 4,680’Mileage: ~9.3Trailhead MapAgency: Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkOn a recent family hike, we enjoyed some grasslands along the eastern edge of Cuyamaca. Chariot Mountain was on my list, so I was able to see it as I … [Read more...]

Peak 77 – Palomar Mountain High Point Lookout – A climb from the valley to the top

Palomar Mountain High Point LookoutElevation: 6,143’Mileage: ~13+Trailhead MapAgency: Cleveland National ForestI have to be honest. This was not one of my favorite hikes. I got a later start than I had wanted. I was hopeful that the marine layer … [Read more...]

Peak 77 – Palomar Mountain High Point Lookout – A climb from the valley to the top

Palomar Mountain High Point LookoutElevation: 6,143’Mileage: ~13+Trailhead MapAgency: Cleveland National ForestI have to be honest. This was not one of my favorite hikes. I got a later start than I had wanted. I was hopeful that the marine layer … [Read more...]

Peak 76 – Pinyon Mountain (P4492) – A short desert ridge trek

Pinyon MountainElevation: 4,492’Mileage: ~1.5Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkThis is a fairly short hike, so it’s probably best to combine it with Whale Peak, like we did. One of my rules of hiking is that the drive time can’t be … [Read more...]

Peak 76 – Pinyon Mountain (P4492) – A short desert ridge trek

Pinyon MountainElevation: 4,492’Mileage: ~1.5Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkThis is a fairly short hike, so it’s probably best to combine it with Whale Peak, like we did. One of my rules of hiking is that the drive time can’t be … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Expedition – An honest account of the true cost of adventuring

Disclosure: I was provided with a digital copy of the book in the hope that I would review it on my blog. What follows is my honest review. All photos are from the book.We see it all the time. The perfect photos from all over the globe. The feet … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Expedition – An honest account of the true cost of adventuring

Disclosure: I was provided with a digital copy of the book in the hope that I would review it on my blog. What follows is my honest review. All photos are from the book.We see it all the time. The perfect photos from all over the globe. The feet … [Read more...]

Wonderland Trail Backpacking Trip – August 2019 – Beauty and Friendship

Our Wonderland Trail Map with our route and itinerary Note: If you have any questions regarding logistics of backpacking the Wonderland Trail, please feel free to Contact me.In a NutshellThe … [Read more...]

Wonderland Trail Backpacking Trip – August 2019 – Beauty and Friendship

View fullsize Our Wonderland Trail Map with our route and itinerary … [Read more...]

A Year in Pictures – 2019 was a year of traveling

2019 was a pretty amazing year for travel. Roughly 23% of my year was spent away from home. I saw landscapes all over the world. … [Read more...]

A Year in Pictures – 2019 was a year of traveling

2019 was a pretty amazing year for travel. Roughly 23% of my year was spent away from home. I saw landscapes all over the world. … [Read more...]

Peaks 74 & 75 – Wilson Benchmark and Pinyon Ridge (4614) – A perfect desert day

Peak 74: Wilson BenchmarkElevation: 4,573’Peak 75: Pinyon Ridge HPElevation: 4,614’Total Mileage: 8.7Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkIt was an ideal December day for a nice desert hike. Big clouds were amassing overhead without any … [Read more...]

Peaks 74 & 75 – Wilson Benchmark and Pinyon Ridge (4614) – A perfect desert day

Peak 74: Wilson BenchmarkElevation: 4,573’Peak 75: Pinyon Ridge HPElevation: 4,614’Total Mileage: 8.7Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkIt was an ideal December day for a nice desert hike. Big clouds were amassing overhead without any … [Read more...]

Clevenger Canyon North Viewpoint – Peak #73

Clevenger Canyon North ViewpointElevation: 1,727’Total Mileage: ~4.9Trailhead MapAgency: City of San Diego Park and Recreation DepartmentOfficial Trail Map: City of San Diego PDFIt was a warm day when I pulled up to the trailhead on the north side of … [Read more...]

Clevenger Canyon North Viewpoint – Peak #73

Clevenger Canyon North ViewpointElevation: 1,727’Total Mileage: ~4.9Trailhead MapAgency: City of San Diego Park and Recreation DepartmentOfficial Trail Map: City of San Diego PDFIt was a warm day when I pulled up to the trailhead on the north side of … [Read more...]

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – A charming book with real advice

Note: I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.I remember reading an early copy of this book years ago. I received it as a gift and was delighted by the humorous tone as the author delved into potentially … [Read more...]

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – A charming book with real advice

Note: I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.I remember reading an early copy of this book years ago. I received it as a gift and was delighted by the humorous tone as the author delved into potentially … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Camping: Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories

Written by Hoa LorangerThis past summer, I embarked on my first mother-daughter camping trip. The idea actually came from my friend, Cara. And it was the best idea ever!Hanging out in the outdoors is not new to me. It’s my family’s way of life. The … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Camping: Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories

Written by Hoa LorangerThis past summer, I embarked on my first mother-daughter camping trip. The idea actually came from my friend, Cara. And it was the best idea ever!Hanging out in the outdoors is not new to me. It’s my family’s way of life. The … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Camping: Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories

Written by Hoa LorangerThis past summer, I embarked on my first mother-daughter camping trip. The idea actually came from my friend, Cara. And it was the best idea ever!Hanging out in the outdoors is not new to me. It’s my family’s way of life. The … [Read more...]

Backpacking to frozen Long Lake on the Bishop Pass Trail

Last summer, Sophia and I went on her first Sierra Nevada backpacking trip. She was hooked. Since her summer vacation was only two months long and was already nearly full with travel plans, we decided to head to the mountains right after her school … [Read more...]

Backpacking to frozen Long Lake on the Bishop Pass Trail

Last summer, Sophia and I went on her first Sierra Nevada backpacking trip. She was hooked. Since her summer vacation was only two months long and was already nearly full with travel plans, we decided to head to the mountains right after her school … [Read more...]

100 Peaks Turns 10 – What an adventure it’s been!

The BeginningWhen I started the idea of 100 Peaks in 2009, I had been blogging already since 2003, but was looking for something focused. I was a technology contractor, so had a flexible schedule. I had also heard about content management systems … [Read more...]

100 Peaks Turns 10 – What an adventure it’s been!

The BeginningWhen I started the idea of 100 Peaks in 2009, I had been blogging already since 2003, but was looking for something focused. I was a technology contractor, so had a flexible schedule. I had also heard about content management systems … [Read more...]