Author Archives: Erika Lawson

About Erika Lawson

Blogging from El Cajon, CA, just east of San Diego. I mostly blog about hiking, but also traveling and family life as a working mom. I also have blogged about my experience dealing with (curable) breast cancer with as much humor and disdain as possible.

Filling In the Gaps

Bell BluffNovember 7, 2021Miles: 7.1 milesElevation Gain: 1,637 feetGaia Track Sycuan PeakNovember 7, 2021Miles: 2.1 milesElevation Gain: 710 feetGaia Track Paradise MountainNovember 14, 2021Miles: 7.8 milesElevation Gain: 1,884 feetGaia Track Grapevine MountainNovember 21, 2021Miles: 6 milesElevation Gain: 1,606 feetGaia Track … Continue reading

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To The Lighthouse

Point LomaNovember 6, 2021100 Peaks Challenge #97 Early in the 100 Peaks Challenge, there were a few peaks that we had decided we’d do on our own. The easiest of them, in every sense of the word, was Point Loma. … Continue reading

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Wrapping it up

Sheephead MountainOctober 30, 2021Miles: 3.3miElevation Gain: 790ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #96 It’s funny that I’m reviving the blog with this hike, since it was so unremarkable. We haven’t been intentionally procrastinating on this hike; we just have not quite gotten … Continue reading

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Are you with me so far?

You’re right, I have not blogged in a while! I don’t care, I love it! I blog because I like to write and I like to look back on my blog posts. Work has been super busy the last few … Continue reading

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Why walk when you can drive?

Otay Mountain & Tecate PeakJune 20, 2021100 Peaks Challenge #s 79 & 80 When I first decided to attempt this challenge, I knew that there were a few peaks that could be driven. I had decided that I would hike … Continue reading

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Another Six-Peak Weekend

Garnet MountainJune 12, 2021Miles: 0.79Elevation Gain: 223ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #73 Pine MountainJune 12, 2021Miles: 4.1Elevation Gain: 489ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #74 Garnet PeakJune 12, 2021Miles: 2.3Elevation Gain: 450ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #75Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #174 Wooded … Continue reading

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Tour of a Fire Tower!

Mother MiguelJune 5, 2021Miles: 3.86Elevation Gain: 822ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #70Afoot & Afield, 5th ed., Trip #118 Corte Madera & Los PinosJune 6, 2021Miles: 10.8Elevation Gain: 2,205ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #71 & 72Afoot & Afield, 5th ed., Trip #196 (plus!) … Continue reading

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Road Trip to the Kern Plateau

OMG I’m writing about something other than peak bagging! I never meant for this blog to be solely about that, so I thought I’d do a write-up of our fantastic Memorial Day camping trip over Sherman Pass to the Kern … Continue reading

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Clearing Off the Hwy 15 Hikes

Black Mountain (the little one)May 22, 2021Miles: 4Elevation Gain: 732ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #67Afoot & Afield, 5th ed., Trip #63 Stanley PeakMay 23, 2021Miles: 5.6Elevation Gain: 762ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #68 Monserate MountainMay 23, 2021Miles: 3.1Elevation Gain: 1,094ftGaia Track100 Peaks … Continue reading

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Hello, Old Friend

Red ButteMay 19, 2021Miles: 3.33 Elevation Gain: 352 ftGaia Track*100 Peaks Challenge #66Afoot & Afield, 5th ed., Trip #12 (mostly) *Ok I don’t know why this track has me drop down to -66,617ft – nearly twice as deep as the … Continue reading

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