When we recently had a day with cooler temperatures (mid May 2020), I took the opportunity to hike Combs Peak, which lies in the higher elevation back country of San Diego County's north-eastern quadrant (interestingly, this area is part of Anza Borrego Desert State Park). It can be reached via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) … Continue reading Combs Peak
Red Hill - reclaiming mental space on a short & easy solo desert hike.
Manza Benchmark in San Diego's Laguna Mountains is peak number 67 on the Sierra Club's 100 Peaks list. We had a cool and partially overcast day, just right to hike it at the end of June. Steel gray clouds hung in the sky and a pleasant wind made for very comfortable conditions. The starting point … Continue reading Manza Benchmark
Thanks to the unusual cold weather we had in the second half of May, I was able to get another desert hike in! I went to the Coyote Mountains Wilderness once more and the area called "Domelands" - if I had to pick one single favorite place in "our" desert here (east of San Diego), … Continue reading Desert Clouds
Boucher Hill, the fire lookout with Palomar Mountain State Park, is perhaps one of the most "ridiculous" peaks that is included in the 100 Peaks list - you can drive right up there! In fact, I have been there a couple of times already in the past: when visiting the park and paying the entrance … Continue reading Boucher Hill