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.

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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Ok, all the “V” peaks are done

Volcan MountainFebruary 27, 2021Miles: 4.6Elevation Gain: 1,121 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #30Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #154 Villager PeakFebruary 28, 2021Miles: 13.6Elevation Gain: 4,826 ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #31 (And the third “V” peak, Viejas, I did last month!) … Continue reading

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This weekend was backwards!

El Cajon MountainFebruary 20, 2021Miles: 11.1Elevation Gain: 3210ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #28Afoot & Afield 5th ed. Trip #102 Peak 3339February 21, 2021Miles: 5.8Elevation Gain: 1083ftGaia Track100 Peaks Challenge #29 Saturday I’m sorry to report that we only completed two peaks … Continue reading

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