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Jan 09 2021
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Ashford Canyon & Mining Camp - DVNPDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
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Hiking10.01 Miles 2,586 AEG
Hiking10.01 Miles
2,586 ft AEG
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I didn't do my homework before heading out, so ended up taking the more difficult and circuatous path and needing to double back on several occasions. But in the end, we did the route in reverse order from what is described here.
The crazy thing is that looking at Grasshopper and gpsjoe's photos from their trip in 2010, almost nothing had changed at the camp. Same buildings at about the same level of decay, same left-behind "junk," same shafts and tunnels. The only newer addition was an NPS warning sign about hantavirus inside one of the buildings.

Added on 6 mi by parking at Badwater Road and hiking all the way up and back. But, it was quite a lovely day and the ability to enjoy the views along the way more than made up for hiking on an unpaved road. Not to mention the complete lack of traffic.
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Jan 03 2021
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Late Night run, NV 
Late Night run, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 03 2021
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Run/Jog9.73 Miles 888 AEG
Run/Jog9.73 Miles
888 ft AEG
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From Late Night trailhead. So many more bikers out than on Jan 1. Guess they were too hung over that day!
Old Spanish :next: Landmine :next: Middle Earth :next: Late Night
Saw an owl being harassed by 2 ravens. Strange to see it out in the middle of the day like that.

Perhaps I should add descriptions for some of these trails...
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Jan 02 2021
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White Owl CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
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Hiking4.34 Miles 786 AEG
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786 ft AEG
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Always a fun little hike to get out for some fresh air.
Seems a lot of other people had the same idea, although few went past the small dry fall.
A good time examining all the great rock formations in this canyon.
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Jan 01 2021
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New Year's 2021 Run, NV 
New Year's 2021 Run, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 01 2021
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Run/Jog6.80 Miles 675 AEG
Run/Jog6.80 Miles
675 ft AEG
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From Late Night trailhead. Lots of bikers and climbers out, but taking the trail less traveled avoided most of them.
Late Night :next: Cactus Slalom :next: Duckie and back
Starting the year off right!
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Dec 21 2020
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Parowan Gap PetroglyphsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2020
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Hiking1.99 Miles
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Visit to watch the Winter Solstice sunset.
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Dec 20 2019
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Fortification HillNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
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Hiking4.40 Miles 1,454 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
1,454 ft AEG
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This was my first actual hike for FUN in way too long. Have been hiking a lot for work and running, but to actually be outside for the purpose of enjoying being outside! Now, that's more like it.
With a late start (for fun, remember?) and not being able to drive all the way to the trailhead, we didn't make it to the top today, but the views were pretty darn stunning. Cloud cover meant all the colors in soil and rock popped instead of being washed out as is so typical on a bright day. The nearby vivid volcanic colors, the lake, with the snowy Spring Mountains in the distance. Perfect!
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Dec 16 2019
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Historic Railroad TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Run/Jog avatar Dec 16 2019
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Run/Jog5.60 Miles 574 AEG
Run/Jog5.60 Miles
574 ft AEG
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This trail is finally fully open after being closed at the tunnel for so long that they had put up a real sign.
Now, you go through an open shipping container under the ends of tunnels 2 and 3. Inside a tunnel in the tunnel :lol:
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Jan 20 2019
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Rally in the Valley Sunday 1/2, NV 
Rally in the Valley Sunday 1/2, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 20 2019
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Run/Jog13.10 Miles 1,245 AEG
Run/Jog13.10 Miles
1,245 ft AEG
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Starting at Beehives, a bit of road, cw loop around Pinnacles, then ccw loop around Pinnacles, and back. Not as tough a course as yesterday, but still plenty challenging with 1 scramble. A lot of the Pinnaces Trail is in washes, but not the deep, incised washes the Prospect Trail follows, so more running on firm sand and gravel versus yesterday's rocks. Very beautiful with stellar views. And this time, you could look around at the views instead of staring fearfully at your feet. As a consequence of the more open wash, there was not as much shade as yesterday, but temps were pleasant.

The east half of the Pinnacles Loop is across open desert with occasional posts to sight on, but with no obvious tread most of the time. Seems to still see little action from hikers. Running across open desert, the larger rocks didn't bother me as they had in the washes, perhaps because they stay put better.
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Jan 19 2019
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Rally in the Valley Saturday 1/2, NV 
Rally in the Valley Saturday 1/2, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 19 2019
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Run/Jog13.14 Miles 1,163 AEG
Run/Jog13.14 Miles
1,163 ft AEG
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Starting at Beehives, a bit of road, then full Prospect Trail, White Dome Loop, and back. This course was just as tough as I remembered it from past years. Beautiful, but tough. Running on the Prospect Trail was slightly less challenging than last year, but still many areas of loose ankle-breaker rocks. It was pleasant to have much of the course in a nice shady canyon, and temperatures were quite pleasant. As an added bonus, the deep sand was slightly firmer than usual on White Dome Loop due to recent rain.
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Dec 21 2018
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Black Mountain - McCulloughVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2018
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Hiking6.30 Miles 2,123 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles
2,123 ft AEG
 
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Loop up the main trail, along the ridge and down the "alternate" route.
The BLM has slapped a few signs on the use trail along the "alternate" route now. There has been much more use than the last time I was here. This is now a much less pleasurable way, with everything now loose and slippy. Assume they will wait until it becomes an eroded mess and then scurry to fix it.
Surprisingly, not too many people out.
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Nov 24 2018
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Artists DriveDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Road Biking avatar Nov 24 2018
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Road Biking12.86 Miles 1,900 AEG
Road Biking12.86 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
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We parked right at Mars Hills (the exit of one-way Artists Drive) at 246 ft below sea level, starting our ride from there.
The 3.5 mi ride along Badwater Road to the entrance of Artists Drive was an easy warm-up, with only slight up and down, never getting above sea level.
Immediately upon turning onto Artists Drive, the road began climbing and climbing. This was the trend for the first half of the drive, providing stunning views down to the Badwater Basin when you had the energy to look up. Or, down, as it were.
Anyway, before reaching the parking area for Artist's Pallet, the road started down and was mainly downhill the rest of the miles. Fun, windy downhill road through classically colorful badlands formations. Good color all around.
A splendid fun ride, although it was a little hot. I had also never seen so many cars in Death Valley in all the times I have visited!
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Nov 24 2018
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Desolation CanyonDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2018
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Hiking3.89 Miles 944 AEG
Hiking3.89 Miles
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Lovely little jaunt after our bike ride.
Hot day in the sun, but very pleasant temps in the shade of the canyon.
Fun canyon, and not too tough hiking, either.
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Nov 03 2018
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Ride in the Rocks, CA 
Ride in the Rocks, CA
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 03 2018
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Mtn Biking17.55 Miles 1,379 AEG
Mtn Biking17.55 Miles
1,379 ft AEG
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10th annual school fund-raising mountain bike ride in Lucerne Valley. Teachers can apply to use the money raised for things like science camp for their students.
This year I again rode the 15-mile challenge course. New course with some changes over previous years, so some surprises. For example, the course was actually 17.5 mi :lol:
Road (both dirt and paved), wash, and single-track sections. Nothing terribly technical. Plenty of uphill climbing as before, but the ground was overall firmer than last year due to recent rains. :sweat: The same downhill on raw new unconsolidated "trail" that was so soft I was too scared to ride it. :scared: Well, I powered through most of the climbs, and even passed a few riders on them, so not too bad.

Hot this year. By far the hottest we have been to.
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Oct 28 2018
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Columbia Gorge Running Club Pumpkin Run, WA 
Columbia Gorge Running Club Pumpkin Run, WA
 
Run/Jog avatar Oct 28 2018
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Run/Jog5.12 Miles 286 AEG
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It rained and it rained, but a few brave souls persevered (in costume!) through 5 miles of puddles around the trails of Strawberry Island.

The rain stopped pretty much as everyone finished the run. Of course :lol:
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Oct 28 2018
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Multnomah FallsNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2018
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Hiking0.42 Miles 147 AEG
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Quick stop on the way back after the soggy Pumpkin Run.
Trail past the lower bridge is closed with no ETA on re-opening after last fall's fire.

Still worth a stop, though.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Oct 13 2018
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Park to Park Pedal 2018, NV 
Park to Park Pedal 2018, NV
 
Road Biking avatar Oct 13 2018
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Road Biking61.52 Miles 3,276 AEG
Road Biking61.52 Miles
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Another year, another spin at this annual event put on by the NV State Parks and Lincoln County. A challenging, scenic route through 4 state parks (Kershaw-Ryan, Cathedral Gorge, Spring Valley and Echo Canyon) if you choose the 100-mi option. A laid-back, non-competitive ride - not timed and with no official start time, just start windows. Very well organized and supported, with a good variety of participants. Included dutch oven dinner after the ride.

I elected for the 60-mile route again this year. Start time (~8am) was much more bearable than last year - 40 degrees instead of 30!
After a few miles, the route emerges into the sun and warmer riding conditions, with no strong headwind like 2017. Enjoying the ride instead of suffering, I was able to look around and enjoy the wonderful views and old mining relics. Very fun day!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Leaves just beginning to change in several places
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Oct 12 2018
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Training Run, NV 
Training Run, NV
 
Run/Jog avatar Oct 12 2018
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Run/Jog2.66 Miles 443 AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Just getting started
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Sep 09 2018
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Crab Cooker Hotsprings, CA 
Crab Cooker Hotsprings, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
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Hiking0.56 Miles 55 AEG
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Sep 09 2018
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Red Canyon Petroglyphs, CA 
Red Canyon Petroglyphs, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
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Hiking0.66 Miles 70 AEG
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Easy, simple hike around an outcropping of Bishop Tuff. Well worth the stop and short hike to see a large assortment of abstract / geometric petroglyphs.
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Aug 19 2018
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San Gorgonio Pass to I-15 Cajon Pass - PCT CBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2018
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Hiking13.79 Miles 2,391 AEG
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When we dove to Big Bear so my better half could go mountain biking, I vowed to complete the section of the PCT around Big Bear I had not on my 2012 foray. Got dropped off at Cougar Crest trailhead with a plan to be picked up at the CA SR 18 crossing on their way out of town back toward Vegas.

The only thing not so great about this plan was that I had to book it the entire time to make it to the pick-up point - a late (and HUGE!) breakfast at the Grizzly Manor saw to that. Made a good pace up Cougar Crest Trail - lots of other hikers, mostly in large groups. Nice views back toward Big Bear Lake from this trail, and well-maintained with natural material steps at steep bits and everything. I honestly didn't remember any of it, except the views, from my hurried and anxious decent 6 years ago. Turned south-bound at the PCT junction, and then saw only 2 people for the rest of the hike :D . The PCT was in good shape, nothing special to note there. A few PCT signs near roads were missing (likely stolen), but nothing making it difficult to navigate. This was pleasant hiking, meandering along through the woods with sporadic views of Big Bear Lake near the start. Occasional bird songs punctuated the air, and the smell of pines was especially pleasing to a desert-dweller.

There was a fire detour from Doble Trail Camp to the crossing of Holcomb Valley Road. From the direction I approached, there was a sawhorse across the trail with a sign taped to it just after the turn-off for the trail camp. However, the sign was so sun-faded as to be almost illegible and it took me some time to figure out how to work around the closed area (a web of unpaved roads leading from the camp did the trick). The fire area itself was vey obvious - charred snags from a June 19th ignition and bare ash covering the soil. This must have been a hot fire, as there were no live trees, shrubs, grasses, or plants of any kind. In retrospect, and looking at the fire closure maps online, the trail may have technically been closed well before reaching Doble Camp, and you were supposed to hike around on FS roads to the north. Since almost everyone hikes the PCT south to north, the closure sign at the Holcomb Valley Road crossing actually had directions printed on it of how to hike around, and this also made sense of a puzzling sign I had seen when crossing Rd 3N69 that said "End Fire Closure." While I was never hiking in the burned area, a sign for south-bound hikers before entering the closure area would probably have been helpful.

The last 2 miles after crossing the paved road near the landfill (scenic! :lol: ) were actually some of the nicest because the views were more open. Starting to get into the Mojave, although still high elevation, so a nice mixture of Joshua trees and conifers. Some gentle climbing from the Holcomb Valley Road crossing, then minor up and downs until CA SR 18. After the delay figuring out the fire closure, I really booked this section, and managed to make it to the pick-up point before my ride. This gave time to sit and eat my neglected lunch while allowing my feet to recover a wee bit. The ride back was pretty quiet - we were all tired, in a good way, from a day spent outside.


Caribou Creek at Van Dusen Canyon Road was dry, but a water cache (with friendly sign) was available 5-10 feet off trail.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few late bloomers here and there. Mainly penstemon
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