Ghost Mountain

These were to be my first desert hikes of the season. The plan was to hike a couple of easier ones to see how my neck does with some more intense hiking. I thought why not pick two that Ted needed to summit? Since the three of us (Ted, Susie Kara, & I) had not hiked together in some time, we had some catching up to do on the long drive out to the desert. After a quick bio-break, we continued on to the trailhead for Ghost Mountain, only to be reminded that Ted had done this hike before! D’oh! So much for knocking two out for his lists. We thought of pivoting to Pinyon Mountain, which I knew he needed but decided to stick with the plan.

We cruised up the mountain without issue. It was a tad nippy but soon turned to perfect desert hiking weather. After a quick stop at the Marshall South homestead, we pushed onto the summit. We signed the register, surveyed the view, and then headed back down.

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, Central Coast, 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. 

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