Several years ago my wife, my kids & I were working with the
Sierra Club doing trail maintenance near Donner Pass in Northern California.
This was my introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail. I was amazed to find that
in today's paved world, there still exists a footpath from Mexico to Canada. I just got a new
camera, so I'll be taking it on my PCT hike this spring. Click here
to see my 2002 PCT Pictures, or here for my 2003
pictures. My 2003 journal is
I've lived in Southern California my whole life, and really got
into California's "wild west" history as a kid. Walking California's
trails now as an adult has rekindled that interest, and I've put some related
links and such here. Now I've moved to Oregon, so I've started hiking and photographing
here as well.
A big part of long distance hiking is choosing the right
gear and paring down your essentials. Summer in Southern California can
be very hot and dry, meaning you carry a lot of water. When you add six
or eight liters at over 2 lbs. each, pack weight increases pretty
quickly. Click here to see the gear I use and
what I'm doing for food and water during my hike.
My hiking pictures (away from the PCT) are below...
In the hills above Carmel Valley, California - January 1,
The most alive and thriving moss I've ever seen. Carmel Valley.
Wonderful climbing tree. Carmel Valley
Enjoying my new camera. Carmel Valley.
Flower along the trail in Trabuco Canyon
Flowers in Trabuco Canyon.
Pool and falls in Holy Jim Canyon. Mission Viejo.
San Juan Capistrano sky.
...and snake in Trabuco Canyon.
Lakefront camping in San Diego.
Sunset in San Juan Capistrano.
Lizard A - Aliso Creek.
Lizard B - Holy Jim Canyon.
Beautiful streamside glen in Holy Jim Canyon.
A trail near Aliso Creek, and the rain-swollen creek. Mission
This dam was built by Indian labor for the Padres of Serrano
Mission in the 1800's.
There used to be a wooden gate here, controlled from a
Lakefront camping in San Diego, California.
Serrano Creek crossing. Lake Forest, California
A local horse trail in Mission Viejo.
More to come...
here for PCT 2003 pictures.