Sitton Peak is easy, fun and blissful

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Yesterday with a couple of hiking/trail running friends, I ventured out to Ortega mountain. Destination: Sitton Peak in Cleveland National Forest! As I am getting into trail running without any reservation as part of injury recovery process (easy on my joints) and benefits from running uphills (interval uphill run), I took my time hiking and trail running up Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak. Read More…

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Goat Canyon is Thrilling, Challenging and Rewarding

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A hiking friend invited me on a desert hike initially planned as her solo hike to Goat Canyon Tresle via Mortero Palms in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Due to the fact that we started late, we were forced to turn around a quarter after 3 pm, but it was quite an adventure. Read More…

San Gorgonio Hike via Vivian Creek in Fall

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I don’t know how many times I’ve bagged San Gorgonio Peak so far. I’ve lost count. But I’ve been away so long that I even forgot a few turnoffs on Vivian Creek Trail. Honestly though it was just great to be back out there again! Again, the view of San Jacinto Mountain was so majestic! Read More…

Gathering at Placerita Canyon Hiking Trailhead for Zion National Park Flash Flood Victims

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It was a seriously hot day, hovering 104F degrees in Valencia. The weather gets at least 10-15 degrees hotter there than the towns by the ocean. But it didn’t stop VHC hikers from gathering for a cause. People got together at the Placerita Canyon Hiking Trailhead to pay respect for those who fell victim in the flash flooding in Zion National Park. Read More…

Temescal Canyon Hike to Scull Rock and Farmers Market

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A hot day for hiking, but I was not going to sit around home all day when it’s so nice out… unless I have a book to finish reading… and I do… But, besides, I wanted to see how bad the discomfort that hijacked my injured and yet recovering foot was. The day after last Friday’s 7.26 miler, it is an understatement to say that it was just unpleasant. So, I wanted to see if it was okay to handle a hike as short as just over 4 miles. Read More…

Mt. Baldy Hike via Bear Canyon and Run To The Top Race

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This Mt. Badly hike via Bear Canyon was the first hike that I have done in the past 5 months or so. I had taken time off from hiking completely in order to concentrate on marathon training till regrettably my foot injury sidelined me several weeks ago. As it is healing, I’ve just started recovery runs, but since I could still feel slight discomfort, instead of pounding the pavement every time when I go for a run, I figured that walking on the dirt would be easier for the injured foot in particular (and the joints). Read More…

ECBOS (Etiwanda, Cucamonga, Bighorn, Ontario and Sugarloaf Peaks)

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ECBOS (Etiwanda, Cucamonda, Bighorn, Ontario and Sugarloaf Peaks). Doing all five peaks at once had been on my mind for the last few weeks, and the perfect weather told me it was time. Especially, I had never bagged Sugarloaf Peak nor come down via Falling Rock Canyon, so I decided to go solo. Read More…