Tenaja Canyon Trail
It can be hard to see in these times of stupidity, just how lucky we are. Trump just led the charge to reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument -- a place that has been protected for the past 21 years, the majority of my life. National parks and monuments, I had assumed were to be forever protected, and it is, I guess for lack of a better word, a bit of a shock to learn that even our protected places with grand labels and national park or monument status aren't really as untouchable as we thought.
We are lucky though, since we do have a fair bit of land protected (for now), and are lucky to have had people before us with the forsight and will to get places protected.
Surrounded by over 20 Million people, it's incredible that you can find quiet places without people (I'll say mostly quiet, since the only real issue with this hike is that you can occassionally hear loud booms coming in from Camp Pendleton to the south). This hike was my first time exploring the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved the area. Great views of the rugged landscape, nice meadows, and some lush side canyons made for a great hike. I'm looking forward to exploring the area further over the coming years.
Three Days in November
November hikes in the high country are great. I'm still getting used to being able to explore the mountains this late into the season...
Marion Mountain Trail
Two weeks seems to be my limit. If my feet haven't moved me through a landscape, or if I haven't ridden a bike through the hills, I begin to get a little antsy, cranky, and depressed...
Dripping Springs Loop
There were definitely times where I muttered to myself that I would never do this trail again...
The Built Environment