Nira to White Ledge. May 13-16, 2016

Nira to White Ledge. May 13-16, 2016
May 13, 2016 The first thing I did upon arriving at the Nira Trailhead was drop my keys into the abyss of my bumper. Dang I didn’t mean to throw them that far back and I had to spend 15 precious minutes of daylight crawling around under my car trying to dislodge them. Once the ...

Chorro Grande Dash: 4/23-24/2016

Chorro Grande Dash: 4/23-24/2016
I’m trying to hit some of the trails that I have not done before so for this Dash trip I found myself in the upper reaches of highway 33 climbing almost 3,000 feet to Chorro Springs Camp. The first part of the trail goes up, over and through a sandy wash, where the effects of ...

Manzana Narrows Dash: 4/15-16/2016

Manzana Narrows Dash: 4/15-16/2016
I keep my backpacked packed and ready to go so setting off on an overnight Dash Trip is easy. Wanting to search out wildflowers and water I headed to the Manzana Narrows trailhead out of Davy Brown Campground.     It’s a big wilderness out there and if you are willing to scout around, like I ...

A Rainy Day Hike in Blue Canyon March 5, 2016 3

A Rainy Day Hike in Blue Canyon March 5, 2016
I crept along fogged draped East Camino Cielo looking for the trailhead to park my car….I was certain I had passed it at least 50 times. But no. Finally when my front wheels hit the dirt road and my back wheels were still on pavement I knew  I was at the right place. I would ...

Santa Cruz Station Dash: February 27 &28 2016 2

Santa Cruz Station Dash:  February 27 &28 2016
The mountains have been calling  so I headed off for a “dash” trip into the Los Padres National Forest: Destination Santa Cruz Station…. a place I last visited 39 years ago! Ouch, 39 years…..let’s see…… if I go every 39 years, I will be visiting the Station again when I’m 92! Hmmm I wonder how ...