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Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Cucamonga Peak. Views best enjoyed at 8859 feet This past weekend brought a new adventure up what was for me a new peak. Located in the San Bernardino National Forest not far from Mt. Baldy is Cucamonga Peak. Sitting at 8859 feet above sea level, with an elevation gain of over 4300 feet from the… Continue reading Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

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Monrovia Canyon Park

Sami pretends to be Samson the Bear At the end of Canyon Boulevard in Monrovia, California, nestled in the foothills of this All-American City sits Monrovia Canyon Park. This woodland park has long been a favorite of mine. Since my parents moved to Monrovia over my sophomore year in high school, I have enjoyed many… Continue reading Monrovia Canyon Park

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A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

Samantha at the summit. This past Saturday, with the help of a Subway sandwich bribe, I convinced Samantha, my twelve-year-old, to hike up Mt. Baden-Powell with some of our Scouts as part of their Sierra training. We started from Vincent Gap off California Highway 2, up forty unforgiving switchbacks, and made it to the peak… Continue reading A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

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Trail Snacks: Energy Balls

When considering trail snacks, we typically look for high calorie, high protein foods, such as those made with nuts and whole grains, or meat jerky. This is in addition to easily portable fruit- bananas and oranges are a favorite- and gummy bears or Trader Joes' Scandinavian Swimmers, their version of Swedish Fish. Lately I've been… Continue reading Trail Snacks: Energy Balls

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Mt. Lowe

In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- as in way back three months ago in February- I used head out on special adventures when the boys went on their camping trips. On one such trip, Sami and took a trip up the Angeles Crest Highway, heading to Eaton Saddle, in the front range of… Continue reading Mt. Lowe