orange county

Aliso Woods

Hiked 11 miles in Aliso and Wood Canyon park today. The GPS app on my phone says it was over 2000 feet of elevation too, but I don’t believe it. It also drained my battery down to 25%, clearly I need a dedicated GPS if I decide I actually care about mapping whole trips as opposed to select points.

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Sunday, August 1st, 2010 Hiking 6 Comments

Holy Jim Trail

Today I hiked the Holy Jim trail.  Or part of it anyway.  This is the most popular way to reach the top of Saddleback mountain (or more correctly, Santiago Peak).  I wasn’t expecting to make it to the peak, and so of course I didn’t.  Next time!  I did hike somewhere around 9 or 10 miles, round trip.

Santiago Peak

You can see one of the radio towers on top of the peak in this picture (click to embiggen), which is from right about where I turned around.  I’d done 2000 feet of elevation gain at this point, and the peak would’ve been another 1000 and several more miles.

Holy Jim Falls

The highlight of the hike was Holy Jim falls.  Who knew there was an actual waterfall in Orange County?  And it even flows in the middle of summer! At least this year when there was lots of rain.

This was my favorite sight of the whole trip though, from the drive out to the trail on a very, very bumpy road.  The mist rolling over the valley and the sun just starting to peak through was spectacular.  I had to stop and get out to take pictures.  I don’t think they turned out very well though.  This is the best of the bunch, it’s the only one where you can really see all the hills going back.

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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 Hiking 1 Comment

Today’s hike

Did this today:
03/13/2010 Route

The hardest (though not tallest) hill, had already walked down it, this picture was on the way back. The trail on the left and all along the ridge in the background to the hill at the right.

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Saturday, March 13th, 2010 Hiking No Comments