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.

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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Easter Hiking

Battle MountainApril 3, 2021Miles: 0.45Elevation Gain: 273 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #44 Bernardo MountainApril 3, 2021Miles: 7.32Elevation Gain: 793 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #45Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #46 Mount IsraelApril 3, 2021Miles: 4.37Elevation Gain: 961 ftGaia Track100 Peaks … Continue reading

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Hitting It Out of the Park!

Cowles Mountain & Pyles PeakMiles: 5.8Elevation Gain: 1600 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #42 & 43Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trips #79 & #82 This morning for my weekday hike I had planned to do Long Valley Peak. Next week we’ll … Continue reading

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Top Ten! Maybe Top 5!

Ant BenchmarkMarch 20, 2021Miles: 1.6Elevation Gain: 328 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #39 Sunshine MountainMarch 20, 2021Miles: 3.5Elevation Gain: 828 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #40 Mount GowerMarch 21, 2021Miles: 7.2Elevation Gain: 1691 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #41 This weekend we were … Continue reading

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In Defense of Hiking Boots

Twin Peaks (well, one of them anyway…)March 16, 2021Miles: 2Elevation Gain: 600ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #38Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #53 I am a trail runner convert. I wore Hoka Speedgoats for all fifteen days of my John Muir … Continue reading

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Easy Weekend

McGinty MountainMarch 13, 2021Miles: 4.6Elevation Gain: 1,218ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #35Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #114 Jacumba MountainMarch 14, 2021Miles: 3.1Elevation Gain: 1,090ftGaia Track*100 Peaks Challenge #36 Mount TuleMarch 14, 2021Miles: 0.8Elevation Gain: 403ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #37Afoot & … Continue reading

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Mountain Monday

North & South Fortuna MountainsMarch 8, 2021Miles: 5.6Elevation Gain: 1,134ftGaia Track*100 Peaks Challenge #s 33 & 34 *I don’t really recommend this route due to one section that is better for mountain bikers. See post for full details. Our typical … Continue reading

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Why are we doing this again?

Mile High MountainMarch 6, 2021Miles: 14.5Elevation Gain: 4365ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #32 And here it is, the peak we’ve been building up to. I don’t want to take anything for granted, and you never know what challenges lie ahead, but … Continue reading

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