Hiking Stats as of 11/23/2014
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 2,047.41 miles
 569,801 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
Nov 15, 2014 - Peckham Ridge / Laveaga Peak
Note: Due to the nature of the hike this trip report is general and does not provide route information. I've been spending more time going after county highpoints over the past several weeks, including those with varying degrees of access issues. But the one generally regarded as the most difficult in California (in terms of access issues) is Laveaga Peak, the highpoint of Merced County. It is isolated in the Diablo range, surrounded on all sides by miles of private ranches whose owners (Read More)

Nov 10, 2014 - Reynolds Peak / Corral Ridge
With Veterans Day falling on a Tuesday I decided to take a vacation day on Monday and head up to Ebbetts Pass for what will likely be the last time until after the winter snows melt and Highway 4 reopens. Ebbetts Pass runs through an old volcanic area of the Sierra, and offers up some of the most striking scenery of the high country, with remnant rock spires dotting the landscape. The primary goal for today was Reynolds Peak, which would be my 39th OGUL and 36th WSC peak. The day's secondary (Read More)

Nov 08, 2014 - Stakes, Mount / Black Mountain (Stanislaus Co)
It had been two weeks since Andrew and I had climbed Mt. Boardman. On that day he told me about the work he was doing on a Peakbagger app for the Google Play store and allowed me to join a group of climbers and hikers from around the world in testing it. The app is amazing and makes ascent tracking, peak list progress and peak research extremely easy. I had used the app to locate all of the peaks with 2,000 feet of prominence last week, which is how Kyle and I ended up on Sonoma Mountain. (Read More)

Nov 01, 2014 - Sonoma Mountains HP / Hood Mountain
The end of the hiking season in the Sierra came upon us on Halloween night, as a winter storm came rolling through California. Tahoe was under a winter storm watch through mid day Saturday, so a trip up to see the the winter scene was out of the question. That's okay though, because there are many peaks closer to home that are too hot to hike in summer but perfect for this time of year. I was perusing the list of California Peaks with over 2,000 feet of prominence, and saw that the highpoint (Read More)

Oct 26, 2014 - Mocho, Mount / Boardman, Mount / Boardman North / Mocho North (Peak 3672)
There are many different peak lists that I am currently working on, with two of those lists being the CC list and the County highpoints. Unlike the Sierra peaks, several of the CC and County peaks are either on private property or require some amount of private property travel to reach. As such, I've mostly avoided the private property peaks on these lists, especially after having a trip to Challenger Peak cut short when after 8 miles of hiking I was turned around by a landowner. Since I am (Read More)

Oct 18, 2014 - Jobs Peak / Lovers Leap
It had been 3 weeks since my snowstorm visit to Jobs Peak which resulted in my losing my GPS unit in the rocks near the summit. I had searched in vain for the device after I lost it, but without any luck. I offered a reward of $75 for its safe return, however, it was lost off trail and I knew it would be difficult for someone else to find. In the meantime I borrowed Kyle's GPS, and now that the early season snows had a chance to melt it was time to go back to Jobs and look for the missing (Read More)

Oct 12, 2014 - Donlan Point / Wiedemann Hill / Harlan Hill
Having done a lot of driving over the past couple of months, I felt like I needed a weekend off to recharge. Not a weekend off from hiking, of course, but a weekend where I could stay local and avoid the nearly 6 hour round trip up to the Sierra. Saturday morning came and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, which resulted in my not doing anything. Saturday night I started researching potential areas to visit. I wanted something that would present a decent challenge but I had done most of (Read More)

Oct 03, 2014 - Half Dome
Unbelievably it had been a year since Kyle and I had last hiked up Half Dome. Since our visit last fall we did Clouds Rest in April, which follows much of the same route which is probably why it feels like we were just here. In fact, although this would be my 4th visit to Half Dome and Kyle's 3rd, it would be my 6th trip up the Mist Trail and through Little Yosemite Valley (Kyle's 4th). Despite having done it so much, we put in our application for a permit during the lottery period early in (Read More)

Sep 27, 2014 - Jobs Peak
In the days leading up to the last weekend of September the weather forecast was calling for an early season snowstorm in the Sierra. The storm was forecast to arrive Friday night, with snow lasting through at least mid day Sunday. With snow levels generally forecast to be around 7000+ feet, getting to the mountains would not be too much trouble via Echo Summit over Highway 50. But what to climb? I've never gone out in a snow event before, other than having a stray snow shower or two (Read More)

Sep 20, 2014 - Round Top
I was heading up to South Lake Tahoe to look at houses again which has the unfortunate consequence of cutting into potential hiking time. Knowing that I only had a half day available, I decided on a repeat of Round Top, which Kyle and I climbed last June. Round Top is a fantastic looking peak, standing tall above Highway 88 near Kirkwood, with a short approach starting on the PCT and a enjoyable class 3 scramble to the summit. I also planned on making the short traverse from Round Top over (Read More)
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Hiking Stats by:  
Month# TripsMilesElevation GainTrip Time
November 2014458.4514,40325:58
October 2014458.7313,95424:15
September 2014558.8622,30331:34
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