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Diane's Big Adventures

Diane's Big Adventures

We Hiked the Franklin Trail

2015-07-16
Last weekend we hiked the Franklin Trail in Carpinteria. You can see the Franklin Trail along the side of the ridge. Below are dirt roads…

PCT Backpack trip - Sierra City to Bucks Lake

2015-06-28
The Lakes Basin from the Pacific Crest Trail Tony and I drove up to resume Tony's mult-year thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Our…

Potrero Trail

2015-05-31
Went for a late spring hike up Potrero Trail. The trail was in great shape. People must use it a lot. I hadn't been on it in years. It'…

South Fork Memorial Day adventure to try and meet a woman thru-hiking the Condor Trail

2015-05-26
Memorial day weekend TrailHacker and I hiked out to South Fork to bring a resupply package to a woman attempting to thru-hike the Condor Trail…

3-day solo hike Pine Mtn. Lodge - Cedar Creek - Johnston Ridge - Sespe Loop

2015-03-29
I did a 3 day walk this weekend. A little solo jaunt through the Sespe Wilderness. I put up pictures and the whole story here. Me next t…

Hike to Blue Peak

2015-03-22
Blue Peak is a pointy peak you can see at the top of Romero Canyon Trail. It has a USGS marker at the summit. To get there we hiked up Romero …

The wildflowers are blooming

2015-03-05
Tony and I have seen a lot of wildflowers already in just February. Today I got the first Figueroa Mountain Wildflower report. It's time t…

Spring has sprung early

2015-02-15
TrailHacker, a friend of ours named Paul and I went for a quick overnighter on the Manzana Trail. Our plan was Ray's Camp but someone had …

Divide Peak in the Rain

2015-01-11
We went on the Sierra Club hike to Divide Peak. It rained. Climbing Monte Arrido Trail in the rain We grabbed some rain gear before we…

Have you seen Wild?

2014-12-21
I have been asked if I have read Wild a million times and once the movie came out, I knew I had to see it pretty quickly because I will be ask…

Hiking in Kauai

2014-11-30
I was very fortunate to go to Kauai. Of course, behing a hiking gal, I had to hike all over Kauai. I have to say, other than how gorgeous the …

Thru-hiking the front country trails of Santa Barbara

2014-11-02
The annual Sierra Club Ultimate Hike was successfully completed yesterday. This hike is also called the 9 Trails. It connects trails from Jesu…

Killer hike to Arlington Peak

2014-09-07
Today in the blazing heat we hiked to Arlington Peak. The hike is described as Cathedral Peak here on this site. There are times I do this hik…

Flores Peak

2014-09-01
Despite having this website, I have not hiked every single trail in Santa Barbara. There are just too many of them. Plus I have my own favorit…

Wettest drought?

2014-08-03
This has to be the wettest drought summer ever. We went hiking today and again it rained. It was awesome, though. Big fat drops, the air was w…

Go-lite umbrella used twice today in Fish Canyon

2014-07-27
Today we hiked to Fish Creek. We went up the canyon from the camp to a hole that still had deep, cold water and lots of fish. This hole was ab…

Trail Pass to Bishop Pass on the PCT

2014-06-14
I just returned from a 7 day trip in the Sierras on the PCT between Trail Pass (Horseshoe Meadow) and Bishop Pass. In 2008 when I started hiki…

Franklin Trail from Juncal Campground

2014-05-25
On a lovely, foggy Memorial Day weekend Saturday, we hiked the Franklin Trail starting from the old defunct Juncal Campground. Being behind th…

Quickie Overnighter Shakedown

2014-05-11
We are planning a trip to the Sierras soon and wanted to do a quickie overnigher shakedown hike to test some gear and food. So we pulled a Rik…

Blue Peak

2014-03-30
Today we did a hike up to Blue Peak. Blue Peak overlooks Blue Canyon and the Romero Trail. It's the very pointy peak you can see as you dr…

Road damage

2014-03-02
I got this message from Bryan Conant during our recent rain storm. Please see the County Road Closure page and the USFS Alerts and Notices pag…

Hiker Trash Party

2014-02-24
I went to a party at Shroomer's house. Shroomer is Scott Williams, a soon-to-be triple-crowner. PCT, CDT and AT. The AT is the one he need…

I got an award for being a volunteer

2014-01-25
Today I went to the annual Volunteer Wilderness Rangers training and awards ceremony. Lots of participants There were many epic beards. …

Three day weekend on Ocean View Trail

2014-01-20
This weekend TrailHacker and I went to the Ocean View Trail to see how the progress is going on it. We hadn't been here in a while.We were…

Lost Valley Trail is trying to kill me

2014-01-13
The Lost Valley Trail has been trying to kill me for more than 10 years. Long ago TrailHacker and I were hiking when we heard loud popping …

Late December Lonnie Davis and Big Cone Spruce

2013-12-31
I took a solo trip to Lonnie Davis and Big Cone Spruce the last 3 days of the year. The weather was unseasonably warm. The Manzana is dry unti…

Annual Topatopa party

2013-12-08
Or also known as Hot Cocoa Cocoa on top of Topatopa. One day after a storm dumped a little snow at elevation we did our annual Topatopa…

The Ultimate Hike

2013-12-01
Every year we do a hike called the "Ultimate Hike." It's the 9 trails hike. I guess there are actually 10 trails. Jesusita Trail…

The Franklin Trail

2013-11-11
Today TrailHacker and I decided to check out Franklin Trail in Carpinteria. We have done the Franklin Trail from the Santa Ynez side and I h…

Glacier National Park

2013-09-02
I finally put up pictures from my two-week backpack trip through Glacier National Park. We were there the 2nd half of August. It was a great …