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Diane's Big Adventures

Diane's Big Adventures

Blue Canyon is green and full of flowers

2017-04-10
Went in search of Spring flowers and found some in Blue Canyon. These yellow flowers in Cottam meadow were all closed up after lunchtime.…

Okay ladies, time to have a talk about toilet paper flowers on the trail

2017-03-26
Took a hike on Romero Trail today. Lots of toilet paper flowers on the trail were seen. Typically, this is a women's thing. The only time …

Spring is springing on Figueroa Mountain

2017-03-19
Went up to Figueroa Mountain and hiked the Birabent Trail down into the creek to the junction that leads to La Jolla Spring. The flowers were …

Choro Grande and Reyes Campground

2017-03-05
The morning started in rain and 37 degrees. We were pretty afraid of being too cold and wet but it turned out fine. As we approached Choro Gra…

Great hike to Divide Peak

2017-01-15
Went for a great hike to Divide Peak. It's not described on this site, but you can find the way with a map that includes the Matillija wil…

Hike to Matillija Falls

2016-11-20
A huge group of Sierra Club hikers including myself went hiking up to Matillija Falls. Matillija Falls was closed for a long time by a propert…

It's really beautiful in the San Rafael

2016-11-13
I've done a couple of really nice hikes lately. One is the Ranger Peak trail. It starts at a former shooting area on Sunset Valley Road…

Crazy August hike to Willets

2016-08-14
The craziest thing I ever did was go on a backpacking trip in August down the Sespe to Willets Hot Spring. I don't normally recommend this typ…

Pacific Crest Trail, Lassen to Hat Creek and Burney Falls

2016-07-06
Took a short trip on the PCT at the beginning of Tony's longer trip (he's going to Ashland, Oregon) from just south of Lassen National Park to…

10 days on the PCT

2016-04-08
I spent 10 and a half days hiking the PCT. I considered the Condor Trail but I really just wanted to hike, not get scratched up and tangled. S…

A couple of pictures from Divide Peak on January 9

2016-01-09
I should have posted these sooner. This is Divide Peak on January 9. Pretty exciting to hike in the snow around here.

A couple of great dayhikes were enjoyed this December

2015-12-24
A few group shots from some recent Sierra Club hikes. Click to see them full-size. The annual Topatopa headstand. The lady on the left is…

9 Trails Annual hike successfully completed

2015-11-25
Our annual 9 Trails hike was successful, although we had 2 bail-outs this year and I found it particularly grueling compared to previous years…

Fish Creek and evidence of flash flood

2015-10-26
Went for a lovely hike to Fish Creek on the Manzana yesterday. The weather was perfect with high clouds keeping things relatively cool with wa…

White Mountain Peak and the Bristlecones

2015-08-17
A group of us went up to the White Mountains to hike to White Mountain Peak and see the Bristlecone Pines. White Mountain Peak White M…

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…