It is inevitable: spring calls for a hike to Cedar Creek Falls — no matter how popular and over-visited this place is nowadays, it was the very first hike that Shuwen and I did together in San Diego County: on October 31, 2010, just nine days after my arrival, I saw this lovely little place for the first time. And while I have been back many times since (San Diego River Gorge archive), I realized with some shock that, in the twelve (!) springs that I’ve experienced here in San Diego now, Shuwen had never been back with me! It was high time to change that and she too could see how absolutely beautiful the San Diego River Gorge is, in spring.
I think the world is a beautiful place, and hiking is the best way to experience it. At one’s own speed, ideally somewhat slow and meditative, to take all of one’s surroundings in.
The “Hiking” category is used for blog posts that contain some information about a hike during which I made photos, and general hiking information. Sometimes it may just be a sparse bit of knowledge, other times it may be more extensive. Either way, if I think it’s useful, it gets filed into this category. :-)
The peak that used to be known* as Mount Woodson can be hiked from two sides: either from the west, starting at Lake Poway (or if you’re more ambitious, from the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, which connects to Lake Poway), or from the east, off of Highway 67.
After our photographic morning stroll through the woodland of Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve, we drove to Montaña de Oro State Park to hike Valencia Peak.
More from the Pecho Coast
Here are a few more photos from our Point Buchon Trail hike (previous entry: Point Buchon Stacks, with a bit more story). When we arrived and began to walk, it almost looked like the marine layer would burn off soon (first photo), but the clouds remained in place for almost the entire time of our hike, which was very pleasant.
San Mateo Peak
Photos and story from my chaparral hike to San Mateo Peak, in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness.
Coyote Mountains Wilderness Prominence Point
During a more aimless wander in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness, I came upon what looked like a well worn in route, perhaps used by sheep, or coyotes… or both? I made a mental note of it and then later, traced it at home, marking it as a potential route for a hike to the “prominence point” of the Coyote Mountains Wilderness, which my friend Hans had made me aware of (he chose the approach from Fossil Canyon).