My late afternoon meeting was canceled, so I decided to head out to Daley Ranch and hike up to Stanley Peak. I opted for the approach from the main entrance this time instead of taking the Caballo Trail.
The area still was carpeted in green grasses and a few flowers. A small stream still flowed across the trail. As I worked my way toward the peak, the seasonal ponds were filled with water.
The summit was quiet, just the sound of the road below. I opted to make the route a loop, in part to enjoy the green meadows.
As began my return to the car, I began seeing a lot more people out enjoying the trails.
This peak was the 25th peak of my 100 Peak Challenge reboot.
I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest.