Entries from 'Southern California'

San Juan Trail to Sugarloaf Peak Hike

At the last minute we decided to hike out and tackle Sugarloaf Peak. It’s only about 3300ft up and the trail starts at about 1,000ft. There are switchbacks and it’s got some deep ruts. The trail itself is a nice route, steady uphill but not too steep. The biggest danger out here is rattlesnakes and mountain…

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Caspers Wilderness Park – Hiking the East Ridge > Oso > Juaneno Trail Loop

I hadn’t been out to Caspers Park in over a decade when we decided to take a quick day trip out on the Oso Loop. We were aiming for 9 miles but ended up hiking over 12.5. The ideal time to visit is in the Spring when the wildflowers are blooming, we went in December….

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park – Hiking the Edge of Suburbia

Hi, this is Chris. Sometimes I just need to get out of my house…my head…put a little dirt under my feet…a little sweat…and a little trail chatter with my wife and 2 year old. I grew up in Suburbia…sometimes I need to hike to the edge of it…and take a deep breath. Have you heard…

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Santiago Peak (Saddleback) via Holy Jim Trail

Growing up in Orange County everyone knows old Saddleback Mountain, or Saddlecrack as we refer to it. It looms off in the distance and you can see it from just about anywhere on the 5 freeway going north out of San Clemente. It is the tallest peak in Orange County and its real name is…

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Sitton Peak – Santa Ana Mountains – Ortega

As I sit here it is about 90 degrees. Luckily we got an early start heading out the Ortega Highway (74) at around 6 a.m. We arrived at the trailhead around 6:30 and set a solid pace at about 3mph following Peter. We parked across the street from the candy store and crossed to the…

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