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Hello and welcome, I’m Chris Griffith, aka SDPeakbagger. I started this site to chronicle my attempt to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Since then it has grown to log my other hiking adventures, mostly around other hiking challenges. While not a collection of turn-by-turn guides, my trip reports and photos should give you a good sense of the hike and the route you can follow. See you at the summit!



Recent Hikes

  • Cuyamaca Peak

    Cuyamaca Peak

    With the region under a heat advisory, I knew that any serious hiking would require a very early start. I arrived at the Los Vaqueros Trailhead just after 5:15 am, and the parking area was already quite full. It appears that I would once again be hiking Cuyamaca Peak during a trail run. After gathering…

  • Lopez Canyon

    Lopez Canyon

    The parking lot was half-filled, mostly with mountain bikers, judging by the bike mounts on the cars. We took the trailhead out from the east end of the parking lot, passing by some nice riparian growth. The trail quickly came to a T junction with one fork heading toward PQ Canyon and the waterfall, and…

  • Grasslands Loop

    Grasslands Loop

    Decided to do an early morning hike along the Grasslands Loop Trail in Mission Trails. However, this time I opted to start from the East Fortuna Staging Area which has plenty of parking for both cars and horse trailers. This staging area has several horse pens and a dedicated larger horse corral, as the Grassland…

  • Sitton Peak Overnight

    Sitton Peak Overnight

    As I finished my water and put on my hiking boots, I looked at the thermometer on the car. It read 84°F. It was going to be a warm one hiking to the campsite this afternoon. Rather than hiking Sitton Peak as a day hike again, I had the idea of doing it as a…

  • Corte Madera Overnight

    Corte Madera Overnight

    Six weeks ago I had two vertebrae in my neck fused, and now I was about to set off for my first backpacking trip. In addition to the new hardware I was internally sporting, I was also testing out several new pieces of gear. I decided to switch to a Gossamer Gear The One tent,…

  • Wave Cave

    Wave Cave

    Since my son would be at work all day Monday, I decided to bring my hiking gear with me to Arizona and try to get in some early morning hiking. I wanted something relatively short, but interesting, so I decided to hike up to the Wave Cave. I drove to the Peralta trailhead parking lot.…

  • Papago Park Loop

    Papago Park Loop

    Near the hotel where we were staying for my son’s graduation (go ASU! Forks Up!) is Papago Park. Since I had brought my hiking gear, I decided to wake up early and explore it before it became too warm. I parked near the Hole-In-The-Rock and set off. The Hohokam Tribe used this hole in the…

  • Cedar Creek Falls

    Cedar Creek Falls

    ** WARNING ** This is not an appropriate hike for hot weather!! Temperatures in the San Diego River Gorge frequently reach well over 100 degrees. While hiking out to the local swimming hole for a refreshing dip may seem like a good idea on a hot summer day, each year dozens of hikers regularly succumb…

  • Oceanside Trail

    Oceanside Trail

    The long-awaited trail from the Pt. Loma Lighthouse down to the tide pools finally opened.  This trail was constructed by crews from Joshua Tree National Park, the California Conservation Corps, and the San Diego Urban Corps. We drove out and parked near the western end of the parking lot and followed the trail beyond the…

  • South Clevenger Canyon

    South Clevenger Canyon

    It was finally time to try hiking with an actual daypack on my shoulders. Since the surgery, I have been using my Osprey waist pack (which I am really liking), but I needed to test out my neck a bit if I hope to go backpacking soon. As I am a sucker for stickers or…