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.

Grand Canyon Escalante Route

March 28 to 31, 2022 This trip, my third to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (second time this year!), was absolutely epic! In fact I would say it was one of my most favorite backpacking trips ever. Fifteen days … Continue reading

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The Grand Finale

Whale PeakDecember 11, 2021Miles: 4.4 milesElevation Gain: 1,282 feetGaia Track Pinyon MountainDecember 11, 2021Miles: 1.5 milesElevation Gain: 433 feetGaia Track Ghost MountainDecember 12, 2021Miles: 2.3 milesElevation Gain: 599 feetGaia Track WE DID IT! During 2021, Tara, Kali, Casey, and I … Continue reading

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Hiking Alongside Me

It’s funny that I stopped blogging right before we finished the 100 Peaks Challenge. You’d think I would have powered through to the end. To be clear, I DID power through to the end of doing the challenge – just … Continue reading

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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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