Brian's Routes Blog

Upper Canyon Creek Lake with Thompson peak and Wedding cake in the background 0

Trinity Alps – Canyon Creek Trail

We wanted to make the trip to Redding “worth it,” so we decided to plan a backpacking trip to the Trinity Alps.  Prior to our trip, I downloaded some Google Map overlays; it looked...

Bear Gulch Caves.  We were lucky: the caves were open when we arrived.  A few minutes after we passed through, we heard from other hikers that they had locked the gates to the caves.  You can still get around, but if your objective is to see the caves, you might want to check to see if they will be closed. 0

Pinnacles Adventure Run

This Route was designed to be a ~22 mile adventure run.  The objective was to see as many of the Pinnacles trails as possible, without repeating much.  There are a couple errors in our...

David on the well worn Santa Lucia Trail just after leaving Santa Lucia Memorial Campground. 0

Junipero Serra Peak

Junipero Serra Peak is a peak of many names. It has also been named just “Serra Peak” (what the register says), or Santa Lucia Peak.. or even Pimkolam Summit (this was the Native American...

Entering the Machesna Mountain Wilderness from American Canyon Campground. 0

Machesna Mountain Wilderness

Machesna Mountain Wilderness offers some beautiful terrain in San Luis Obispo County.  This wilderness borders Garcia Wilderness and is part of the Los Padres National Forest.  If there weren’t slices of private land in...

Beautiful Oaks seen along the Trout Creek Trail. 0

Garcia Wilderness Trails

There are a few, somewhat neglected trails in the Garcia Wilderness.  These trails are perfect for running and hiking – especially in the winter time.  By early spring, they tend to be overgrown with...