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.

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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Neighborhood (and Namesake!) Peaks

Bell BluffMay 15, 2021Miles: 7.33Elevation Gain: 1,673ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #63 Gaskill & Lawson PeaksMay 16, 2021Miles: 7.47Elevation Gain: 2,050ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #s 64 & 65Afoot & Afield, 5th ed., Trip #192 My original plan for this weekend was … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Hiking

Paradise Mountain May 8, 2021Miles: 7.8 milesElevation Gain: 1,881 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #61 Boucher HillMay 8, 2021Miles: 0!Elevation Gain: 0!No Gaia track!100 Peaks Challenge #62 In our continuing effort to hike peaks now that we won’t be able to … Continue reading

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Weather Wrangling

Hot Springs MountainMay 1, 2021Miles: 9.8Elevation Gain: 2,094 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #59Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #137 Peak 1755 and the South Clevenger Canyon TrailMay 2, 2021Miles: 4.6Elevation Gain: 1,132 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #60Afoot & Afield 5th … Continue reading

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Where the mountains meet the desert

Chariot MountainApril 24, 2021Miles: 5.68Elevation Gain: 1,279 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #57 Oriflamme MountainApril 24, 2021Miles: 4.37Elevation Gain: 856 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #58 The trailheads for both of these peaks are along Sunrise Highway north of the Mount Laguna … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Palomar High PointApril 17, 2021Miles: 0.6Elevation Gain: 180ft Gaia route (I did not record the track)100 Peaks Challenge #54 Eagle Crag & Agua TibiaApril 17 & 18, 2021Miles: 21.6Elevation Gain: 3219ft Gaia track day #1 (Eagle Crag)Gaia track day #2 … Continue reading

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Epic final desert weekend

The Thimble & San Ysidro MountainApril 10, 2021Miles: 4.48Elevation Gain: 1,915 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #s 48 & 49 Bonny & White BenchmarksApril 10, 2021Miles: 4.07Elevation Gain: 1,048 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #s 50 & 51 Pinyon Ridge & Wilson … Continue reading

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Long Valley, at Long Last

Long Valley PeakApril 6, 2021Miles: 4.1Elevation Gain: 1,109ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #47 I had intended to hike Long Valley Peak a couple of weeks ago on another weekday, but hit Cowles & Pyles instead. My hesitation was that it’s long … Continue reading

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