Looking at Morro Bay from Cerro Alto

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hiking Tip

Today's Hiking Tip 

Weather is warming up on Cerro Alto 9-11-14
Daily I meet first time Cerro Alto hikers who tell me they were not aware 
Of how difficult or the distance involved making the summit .
Thus many of these hikers fail to reach the summit .
The distance via the canyon trail ( trail  at the far end of the park lot ) is 3 miles .
The elevation gain is 1700 ft .
Carry plenty of water !
In warm weather I carry a liter , and when it's hot
My dog weighs 72 lbs
And in hot weather she carries thirty ounces
For herself .
The trail can be hot and the summit cold , carry a jacket .

When backpacking , 
I use a Big Agnas Seedhouse SL tent
The product is great and the customer service
Is outstanding !
This a 3 season tent( two person)  , but I have been in strong wind and rain and even snow storms several times
The tent performed well . The tent weighs approximately 2.5 lbs.

Tip #3
Since the start of deer season ( 1st week of August ) I have seen many deer and mountain lion tracks on the main trails of Cerro Alto . Water up high has dried up and wildlife seeking water low neer camp ground , so keep small children close to adults .

Friday, September 5, 2014


Rinconada Trail

September 3rd , three pm hike on a eighty degree day . The day is dry , warm , quiet and lonely as it is in the middle of the week when most folks are either working or in school . 
Sierra and I are enjoying the space and the dry vistas . I am once again enjoying photographing Sierra as she plays and hunts ground stairwells . Such is the life of a happy retired seventy five year old hiker !

She never caught anything but she enjoyed the run !

Keep on hiking !