Archive for November, 2010

Devil’s Punchbowl

We did this hike in the winter and at the end it was SO unforgivingly cold. I have never been one who likes the cold. In fact I hate the cold like some kids hate vegetables. Yeah that's right you have to drag me kicking and screaming to get me to do it! But despite my abhorrence to the cold I loved this hike. The San Andreas fault line jutting out of the earth like a mighty wave of rock is so bizarre and stimulating to the imagination. Several miles into this hike we were also rewarded Read more [...]

Icehouse Saddle

Southeast from Mt. Baldy in Baldy village is a great day hike Icehouse Saddle. Apparently Icehouse Saddle used to be an old ice factory that supplied....thats right ICE! 🙂 in the 1860's. Alas no more but its the history of this 7+ mile hike that makes it just that much more interesting. For the first 2 miles you hike parallel to a lovely but freezing creek. The water is abundant and at times crosses its arms over the trail in a watery embrace. This is my favorite part of the hike. (I Read more [...]

Mount Baldy (Manker Flats)

At first sight Baldy is impressive enough to make your heart pound with excitement. It definitely takes courage and perseverance to conquer this impressive peak. And iron will. With iron legs for that matter. Being my first real summit the entire time I was buzzing with excitement and adrenaline. The trail Devil’s Backbone is just that. You feel you are walking on the remanent of a great dinosaur or the pregnant belly of mother earth. At times it seems as if the ground itself is swelling Read more [...]