Trails to Trudge: From Salton Sea to Salvation Mountain to Tyrannosaurus Teeth

After Tyler and I conquered Ladder Canyon (see last post), our plan was to head to Salton Sea and Bombay beach as a nice reprieve after the tough hike.  Ladder Canyon is on the Northern end of the Salton Sea and Bombay Beach is less than an hour away (about 30 miles) right in the … Continue reading Trails to Trudge: From Salton Sea to Salvation Mountain to Tyrannosaurus Teeth

Trails to Trudge: Ladder Canyon

Ladder Canyon length: 6.5 miles terrain: dusty, desert canyon with lots of climbing; ladders and ropes are provided to help you through; fairly difficult payoff: one of the most challenging hikes I've done but also the most rewarding; amazing views from the canyon floor and on top of it Author's note: My apologies for the blurry photos. I … Continue reading Trails to Trudge: Ladder Canyon

Trails to Trudge: Fox Canyon Trail, Ojai

Fox Canyon Trail Length: 2.8 miles Terrain: hard packed dirt trail with a steady incline; moderate difficulty Payoff: beautiful views of the city of Ojai Fox Canyon Trail is a very straightforward, moderately difficult trail to trudge.  I was visiting one of my best friends in the city of Ojai and he mentioned hiking in the Valley View … Continue reading Trails to Trudge: Fox Canyon Trail, Ojai

Sneaker Sunday: Air Revaderchi

author's note:  This post should be read in a J. Peterman voice... I scampered down the rope like a squirrel barreling towards my destination.  Below me, I could feel the rocks scraping the underside of my foot as it dug into the cliffside seeking a foothold.  Fortunately, I was wearing my Nike hiking shoes.  Burnt … Continue reading Sneaker Sunday: Air Revaderchi

Trails to Trudge: Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles Length: undetermined/at your leisure Terrain: hot, dry, desert.  Please note: Very rocky and tumultuous road going into the pinnacles where a high clearance vehicle is recommended but not necessarily needed. Payoff: Gorgeous and unique "pinnacles" shooting out from the desert floor hundreds of feet in the air. The Trona Pinnacles are without a doubt one of … Continue reading Trails to Trudge: Trona Pinnacles

Trails to Trudge: Red Rock Canyon State Park

       The drive up to Red Rock Canyon State Park (CA) is breathtaking.  Nestled off the 14 freeway in between the southernmost section of the Sierras and the northernmost section of the Mojave Desert; you get the best of both worlds as desert and mountains converge into one unbelievable area. As you crawl … Continue reading Trails to Trudge: Red Rock Canyon State Park