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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

  • 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…

  • Ramona Grasslands

    Ramona Grasslands

    After the pair of adventures the day before, I opted for something a bit more on the mild side. Since the Ramona Trails Challenge was underway, why not tackle one of the April trails? Ramona Grasslands seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I opted to hike the route clockwise, doing a section of the preserve…

  • Ruffin Canyon

    Ruffin Canyon

    We still had some gas in our legs after hiking Rice Canyon, so we opted to explore Ruffin Canyon in Serra Mesa. The trailhead was next to Taft Middle School and began by wandering through a small garden before passing by the school and then dropping into the canyon. Wooden stairs helped guide us down…

  • Rice Canyon

    Rice Canyon

    I decided to explore another one of our urban trails – this time Chula Vista’s Rice Canyon. Ted and I pulled into the parking lot for the Rice Canyon Demonstration Garden. The trail headed almost due west, and brown wooden posts capped with yellow let us know this section of the trail is a part…

  • Tecolote Canyon North

    Tecolote Canyon North

    I decided to explore Tecolote Canyon North today. While I had hiked Tecolote Canyon South a few weeks ago, roads and a golf course prevent you from easily hiking it end to end.  I found the trailhead at the south end of a field behind the North Clairemont Rec. Center and took the steep and…