Looking at Morro Bay from Cerro Alto

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boy Scout Trail


Boy Scout Trail at Cerro Alto

entering the Boy Scout Trail
below a view of Morro bay from the Scout trail

View of Cerro Alto from the red trail

Rinconada Trail

Rinconada Trail
Rinconada Trail hike this week was a classic Fall season hike , the weather cool , colors beautiful and the clouds were gathering with a promise of rain . My dog sierra loved the cool breeze . Below is a two minute video of my hike , I hope you enjoy .

Friday, September 23, 2016

New Cerro Alto Hiker

New Cerro Alto Hiker 

I met this strong hiker on Cerro Alto yesterday , she enjoyed her summit with her dog , both enjoyed getting acquainted with Sierra  ( my Shepard ) . Amanda is this hiker's name and she is new to the north co. of San Luis Obispo . she moved here from Colorado and is a avid hiker , having hiked most of the 14 er .s of Colorado . I suggested some local long hikes per her request and she is looking forward to attempting them  . I asked her how she liked cerro Alto and she said this is a good hike and will do it again . 
Amanda , welcome to Cerro Alto

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Cerro Alto and my hiking friend Sierra

Sierra is sporting a new day pack by Ruff Wear . this is a sleek hydration pack 

I think Sierra likes the freedom of the design of this pack as you can see below in the comparison photos . The orange color pack is the Approach pack that she wore daily for years and the new grey slender pack is the Single Track hydration pack that holds 32 oz of water , enough for short 6 mile day hikes in warm weather . Sierra weighs 85 lbs. and hikes daily . Sierra now has three sizes of packs . 

below the Approach pack that Sierra wore daily for four years ,  this pack worked great and allowed for carrying several bottles of water , enough for long hot day hikes up to 20 miles long 
.She could run and play with this pack , but in the brush it presented more  work .
We are happy with new slender pack as she moves with more freedom in more technical terrain  . See photos of Sierra running into deep snd steep ravine .
New sleek day pack below .

Sierra running with her new sleek day pack into a deep ravine .

Cerro Alto and native plants , wild life

September 2016 
The Coffee Berry is ripe again , very sweet and attracting bears to the ATT trail on Cerro Alto again .
Note the bead scatt below . , be carefull when hiking evening and early morning hours .
The FQuail are also feasting .

bear scatt and coffee berries .

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Emigrant Wilderness

Emigrant Wilderness 
I celebrated my 77th birthday backpacking with Mark and my dog Sierra in the Emigrant wilderness August 2016 . the weather was great and the vistas beautiful . We met a lot of beautiful folks and Sierra made many friends .  We accessed from Modesto Ca. via hwy 108  , obtained permits at Pine Crest ranger station . Water is plentiful along rout to Emigrant Lake . One letter of water at any time .
The elevation gain is moderate at best .

Myself and Sierra 


Myself and Sierra below

Small tree splitting a rock below 

on aday hike I forgot Sierra's dish and I had to feed her in my hand . Bad deal 

Below Sierra befriending a ranger

Met this young man , Michael below who knew my grandson Michael .
Small world .

Sierra making friends with hikers below 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Cerro Alto and Interesting People

Sunday July 31 st on Cerro Alto 
I met this beautiful couple hiking the mountain , 
Samantha and Andy from Laguna  Hills Ca. 
I hope I got the information as my recorder malfunctioned at  the summit due to high wind . 
Late afternoon weather was beautiful with temperatures in the upper 70s after 5 PM. 
H enjoyed hiking with this couple and sharing local ;geographical and trail information .

They both enjoyed Sierra ( my dog ) and that always warms my heart !

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cerro Alto and interesting people I meet daily

Yesterday I met this lovely young lady on Cerro Alto , her name is Erin , and has a brother Andrew 
 My son Luis photographed her soccer photos when she was in school and he coached her brother in cross country running team .  Small world . She is from Santa Maria and the last name I believe is Hocks .?