Too Many Flowers on the Chamberlain Trail

After climbing the western ridge route on Boney Mountain and scrambling over Tri Peaks, I was trying to run down the Chamberlain segment of the Backbone Trail. Usually one of my favorite downhills, the trail was so glutted with the flower stalks of bleeding heart, it made running difficult. Here’s a video snapshot of one … Continue reading Too Many Flowers on the Chamberlain Trail

Poodle-dog Bush Near the Top of the Mt. Wilson Trail

The Mt. Wilson – Chantry Flat loop is a favorite that I run a couple times a year. Including a little bonus mileage to get to the Mt. Wilson parking lot before the gate opens, the run is about 18 miles long and gains/loses about 4500′ of elevation. The main trails in the loop are … Continue reading Poodle-dog Bush Near the Top of the Mt. Wilson Trail

Fire Followers Along the Backbone Trail

Fire followers are plants that grow in a recently burned area in much larger numbers than before a fire. In some cases the species may rarely have been observed in the area prior to the fire. A good example of a fire follower is Poodle-dog bush (Eriodictyon parryi), which became widespread in the San Gabriel … Continue reading Fire Followers Along the Backbone Trail

After the Station Fire: Back to Bear Canyon

It’s been nine years since the Station Fire burned 160,577 acres in Angeles National Forest. The Red Box – Bear Canyon – Gabrielino loop is a long time favorite adventure run that I’ve enjoyed doing many years before and after that 2009 fire. The loop was the first I did when the area reopened in … Continue reading After the Station Fire: Back to Bear Canyon

Running Mt. Wilson’s Rim Trail

This morning’s run from Mt. Wilson started with striking views of the Southern California’s mountains from the Rim Trail. An extensive marine layer heightened the contrast between the highlands and the lowlands, with peaks such as Mt. Baden-Powell, Mt. Baldy and Monrovia Peak standing starkly above the ocean of clouds. Beyond Mt. Baldy, San Gorgonio … Continue reading Running Mt. Wilson’s Rim Trail

Front Range Duo: San Gabriel Peak and Strawberry Peak

The two highest peaks in the front range of the San Gabriels, Strawberry Peak (6164′) and San Gabriel Peak (6161′) are about three miles apart as the raven flies and about 6 miles apart by trail. If you don’t mind running/hiking a third of a mile on Mt. Wilson Road, you can do both of … Continue reading Front Range Duo: San Gabriel Peak and Strawberry Peak

Bigcone ENSO Prediction, Poodle-dog Bush Blues, and a Surprise on Kenyon Devore

I’d paused to rinse my arms and legs, hoping to wash away at least a little of the poison oak and Poodle-dog bush I’d been unable to avoid. I was at a small spring part way up the Kenyon Devore Trail, doing a variation of a loop that my son and I had done a … Continue reading Bigcone ENSO Prediction, Poodle-dog Bush Blues, and a Surprise on Kenyon Devore

After the Station Fire: Why is Strawberry Peak Still Closed?

Update May 29, 2014. According to an Angeles National Forest press release issued May 20, nearly all remaining areas in the Angeles National Forest closed since the 2009 Station Fire were reopened on May 24. Some forest areas remain closed for reasons of public safety or further work needed on trails. In addition to the … Continue reading After the Station Fire: Why is Strawberry Peak Still Closed?

Unwinding from the Backbone Ultra

Doing a moderate run in the San Gabriels and climbing a few peaks was a great way to unwind from the excitement of doing the 68 mile Backbone Ultra last weekend. I felt good. I’d run more or less normally in the week following the event — depleted, but without any physical issues. In part … Continue reading Unwinding from the Backbone Ultra

Mt. Wilson Rim Trail – Kenyon Devore Trail Loop

Brett was down for Father’s Day weekend and one of the things we wanted to do was get in a couple of good trail runs. He’s heard me talk (a lot) about the Mt. Disappointment 50K and how it ends. Basically you run 27 hilly miles with over 3600′ of elevation gain, THEN finish the … Continue reading Mt. Wilson Rim Trail – Kenyon Devore Trail Loop