Hiking Stats as of 9/20/2014
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 1,906.88 miles
 535,346 feet

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This site contains my trip reports for a variety of northern California peaks, along with the occasional high Sierra and SoCal peak.
Recent Trips
Sep 13, 2014 - Grant, Mount
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a fellow hiker informing me of the Mt. Grant Memorial Challenge (www.911challenge.org), an event serving as a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Mt. Grant is the highest peak in Mineral County, Nevada and has been closed for public access following 9/11, with the exception of the annual Mt. Grant Memorial Challenge (starting in 2011). This would be a long drive for me, at 4:45, so an overnight stay would be required. I've never done (Read More)

Sep 05, 2014 - Shasta, Mount
Kyle and I were staying at the Motel 6 in Weed, having spent a few hours the day before in Lassen Volcanic National Park to acclimate for today's big hike of Mt. Shasta. And an ambitious plan it was, the objective was to dayhike the peak, requiring about 7,700 feet of elevation gain all the way up to 14,179 feet, over loose ash and talus for most of the way up. What better way to spend a day off work than this? Mt. Shasta has a lot of distinctions, such as being the fifth highest peak in (Read More)

Sep 04, 2014 - Ski Heil Peak / Eagle Peak (Lassen)
Once again I had 2 days off work, and so another road trip was in order. Kyle also had Thursday and Friday off, and we planned a trip up north to hike Mt. Shasta, about a 5 hour drive for me and 4 hours for Kyle. Mt. Shasta is a 14k peak, but stands alone as the giant of Northern California, meaning there were no good options to acclimate. I looked at the maps and saw that we could make a side trip to the Lassen Volcanic National Park and at least spend some time up around 9,000 feet. (Read More)

Aug 30, 2014 - Markleeville Peak / The Nipple
For this weekends hike Kyle and I planned a trip up to South Lake Tahoe, with the primary goal of looking at potential vacation houses and then hiking with the time that remained afterword. The plan was to look at houses for 3 hours or so, and then head on over to Markleeville Peak and The Nipple, two OGUL Peaks, with Markleeville also being a WSC Peak. Markleevile and The Nipple would be OGUL peaks number 36 and 37, and Markleeville would be WSC Peak number 33. As planned, we spent about 3 (Read More)

Aug 23, 2014 - Morgan (S), Mount
Day 3, the last day of my peakbagging vacation was here and I was ready to go out with a bang. Day 1 I climbed Mt. Hoffmann and North Peak, Day 2 was Cloudripper and Vagabond Peak, and today's objective would be Mount Morgan (South), a peak 13,748 feet in stature. There are two Mt. Morgans located only a few miles apart, which is why the (South) designation is used, so as to not confuse the two peaks which are so close together. In researching the peak I noted that a secondary peak, 12 Flags (Read More)

Aug 22, 2014 - Vagabond Peak / Cloudripper
Today was day 2 of my 3 day peakbagging trip, having summited Mt. Hoffmann and North Peak yesterday I was ready for some more fun, this time in the eastern Sierra. I awoke at the Motel 6 in Mammoth Lakes at 7 AM (I know, that is pretty lazy) and still unsure about what I actually wanted to hike. I have very little experience with hiking multiple days in a row, and I wanted to stick with something that would be tough but not epic, since I still wanted to hike more tomorrow. I decided on (Read More)

Aug 21, 2014 - Hoffmann, Mount / North Peak
I had Thursday and Friday off work, and was excited to take my first trip to the eastern Sierra in over a year. Most of the time I like to make the full round trip drive and hike in a long day, which makes the eastern Sierra, with its 5-6 hour drive, off limits. Unless I have time off work that is, when I can spend a couple nights at a motel and spend my days bagging peaks instead of driving. Thursday morning I took the dogs out for a walk, and left my house at around 8 AM. I had programmed (Read More)

Aug 16, 2014 - Thunder Mountain East / Thunder Mountain West
I spent the night at the Toiyabe Motel in Coleville, which was a great little find kind of in the middle of nowhere. Today I would head back home, but not before doing a little more hiking. I had gone to bed with a plan of going towards Lost Cannon Peak. This would require a trip along a dirt road through the Mountain Warfare Training Center, a place I had previously visited but had turned around when the road got a bit too iffy. At some point overnight I had a change of mind, and decided (Read More)

Aug 15, 2014 - Bull Run Peak / Henry Peak / Peep Sight Peak / Lookout Peak
I had a big weekend planned, brought on by my hitting my vacation accrual cap at work which required that I take 3 days off in August and 2 days off in September (meaning many more great trips to come!!!). I don't usually spend nights away from home, instead making the long round trip drives and hikes within a single day. But with extra days off work, I didn't mind spending some time on the road. I had Friday off work, and the plan was to spend a couple of relatively easy days hiking in the (Read More)

Aug 10, 2014 - Spikes Peak
I needed a break from the weekly long drive up to the Sierra, but didn't really want to take a break from hiking. August isn't normally the best time to go hiking anywhere under 8,000 feet (unless its by the ocean) but some sort of monsoonal flow had been keeping temperatures down with afternoon clouds making for decent outdoor conditions. I've been working on many peak lists, the least impressive of which is the Coastal California (CC) list. I looked at the maps and saw that there was a CC (Read More)
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Hiking Stats by:  
Month# TripsMilesElevation GainTrip Time
September 2014335.5116,20520:36
August 20148103.1830,07054:22
July 2014466.2915,76135:06
June 2014439.2212,35920:46
May 2014574.5017,61034:19
April 2014462.6118,91429:16
March 2014567.4119,27333:37
February 2014571.1919,50634:04
January 2014332.729,21917:21
December 2013548.2213,87026:18
November 2013338.719,91420:09
October 2013448.2916,99325:40
September 2013459.4215,29124:09
August 2013443.1212,58720:23
July 2013223.577,03613:29
June 2013868.6420,40735:53
May 2013358.5115,14925:46
April 2013228.509,31718:20
March 2013219.436,52713:56
February 2013231.178,81315:01
January 2013336.418,54215:00
December 2012438.669,48918:44
November 2012343.7712,01218:01
October 2012338.7910,33219:17
September 2012442.5812,97822:46
August 2012437.6711,76821:08
July 2012339.7612,03822:18
June 2012123.686,87410:54
May 2012227.827,87712:20
April 2012121.505,65310:37
March 2012342.8613,02319:09
February 2012229.054,71811:12
January 2012228.737,20813:05
December 2011231.6610,32515:10
November 2011338.8711,15616:53
October 2011463.9418,56928:30
September 2011223.435,6487:41
August 2011329.576,45512:52
July 2011228.919,02212:52
June 201100.0000:00
May 2011129.447,33810:38
April 2011233.037,80014:38
March 2011241.469,80016:41
February 2011237.229,50015:56
January 2011115.854,9006:29
December 2010115.524,9006:55
November 2010228.707,60011:08
October 2010117.795,0007:25