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.

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Denk MountainMiles: 4.28Elevation Gain: 552ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 Peak #14 Double PeakMiles: 1.21Elevation Gain: 263ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 Peak #15(This is in Afoot & Afield – #36 – but we took a shorter route.) Today was another day … Continue reading

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A Fab Four Day

Piedras GrandeMiles: 3.42Elevation Gain: 761ftGaia track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 Peak #10 Indian HillMiles: 2.2Elevation Gain: 327ftGaia track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 Peak #11 Mine PeakMiles: 1.23Elevation Gain: 475ftGaia track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 Peak #12Afoot & Afield #275 Red HillMiles: 3.19Elevation Gain: … Continue reading

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North Van DAM DAM DAM

North Van Dam PeakMiles: 1.46Elevation: 369ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 Peak #9 Today was calendar Tetris day! Every six months I visit my oncologist (ahem). Since Covid, I’ve been mostly going to the clinic in Rancho Bernardo – it’s either … Continue reading

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Weekdays at the Casinos

Viejas MountainMiles: 2.9Elevation Gain: 1402ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 peak #8Afoot & Afield #109 Last week’s weekday hike was Sycuan Peak. This week’s was Viejas Mountain. Seems I have a thing for casino hikes – if only they ended with … Continue reading

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I have the BEST hiking buddies ever!

Grapevine Mountain & Bitter CreekMiles: 6.6Elevation Gain: 2,081 ft Gaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 peak #5Afoot & Afield #235 Sentenac MountainMiles: 2.2Elevation Gain: 804 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 peak #6 Eagle PeakMiles: 4.85 (including bushwhack)Elevation Gain: 1,007 ftGaia Track … Continue reading

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Lunch Break at Sycuan Peak

Miles: 2.1Elevation Gain: 764ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 peak #4Afoot & Afield #113 There are several hikes on the 100 Peaks list that are low-hanging fruit, that I can do on weekdays throughout the year. Hikes that are not too … Continue reading

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Guatay Mountain

Miles: 5.8Elevation Gain: 1394ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge 2021 peak #3 Yesterday was a long day, but today is still a weekend, and I wanted to get in a decent hike that I was comfortable doing solo but not one that … Continue reading

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Granite Mountain South Approach

Granite MountainMiles: 7.8Elevation Gain: 2941ftGaia Track (thanks Tara!) Today Tara & I hiked Granite Mountain via the south approach. En route to the trailhead we stopped at the Blair Valley bathrooms. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that my original plan … Continue reading

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Happy 2021! Kicking off the 100 Peak Challenge

False GowerMiles: 5.6Elevation Gain: 1561ftGaia Track Ramona BenchmarkMiles: 3.55Elevation Gain: 672ftGaia Track It’s been a while since I logged a hike and I figured today would be a good day to re-start. I find hiking blogs the most useful when … Continue reading

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Shepherd Canyon Loop, #92

With today’s trail run I have completed all of chapter 12 of Afoot & Afield – well, except for hike number 91, a 15-mile suffer-fest climbing all of the Five Peaks Challenge in one day. That’s scheduled for next spring. … Continue reading

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