52 Hike Challenge for 2015


Challenging you to join us & others around the world, to hike at least once per week for 52 weeks! Hashtag photos #52hikechallenge to be featured.

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Welcome to my 52 Hike Challenge page, where I will keep track of my progress and post up info on my hikes as I complete them.

Hike #1 | UPPER COYOTE CANYON, MIDDLE WILLOWS


Date: 12-26-2014
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500'/500'
Location: Coyote Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike#2 | MUD HILLS WASH to ELEPHANT KNEES


Date: 01-01-2015
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 675'/675
Location: Fish Creek, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike#3 | COWLES  MOUNTAIN & PYLES PEAK


Date: 01-06-2015
Distance: 5.2 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000'/2000'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego


Hike#4 | SOLSTICE CAVE & TOROTE CANYON


Date: 01-11-2015
Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1444'/1444'
Location: Indian Valley, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike #5 | EAGLE PEAK


Date: 01-18-2015
Distance: 4.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1300'/1300'
Location: Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County


Hike #6 | COWLES MOUNTAIN via BARKER WAY & MESA TRAIL


Date: 01-20-2015
Distance: 3.2 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1722'/1768'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego


Hike #7 | TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE


Date: 01-24-2015
Distance: 2.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 958'/958'
Location: La Jolla, CA


Hike #8 | GUAJOME COUNTY PARK


Date: 01-25-2015
Distance: 4.3 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 614'/696'
Location: Oceanside, CA


Hike #9 | GRASSLANDS LOOP to OAK CANYON


Date: 01-31-2015
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 625'/625'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #10 | KWAAY PAAY PEAK


Date: 02-06-2015
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 900'/900'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #11 | WARNER SPRINGS to EAGLE ROCK


Date: 02-07-2015
Distance: 11 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1100'/1100'
Location: Pacific Crest Trail, Warner Springs, CA


Hike#12 | BAYSIDE TRAIL


Date: 02-08-2015
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 320'/320'
Location: Cabrillo National Monument


Hike #13 | GRASSLANDS LOOP to OLD MISSION DAM


Date: 02-15-2015
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 312'/390'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #14 | CARRIZO GORGE


Date: 02-21-2015
Distance: 6.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 700'/700'
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike #15 | SWEETWATER TRAIL to MOTHER MIGUEL MOUNTAIN


Date: 03-06-2015
Distance: 10.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1950'/1900'
Location: Bonita, CA


Hike #16 | NORTH & SOUTH FORTUNA MOUNTAIN


Date: 03-09-2015
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1575'/1600'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #17 | FLORIDA CANYON NATURE TRAILS


Date: 04-02-2015
Distance: 2.3 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 450'/470'
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego


Hike #18 | LOS PENAQUITOS CANYON


Date: 04-04-2015
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 450'/430'
Location: San Diego, CA


Hike #19 | COWLES MOUNTAIN


Date: 04-16-2015
Distance: 4.3 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1085'/945'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #20 | TECOLOTE CANYON


Date: 04-17-2015
Distance: 12.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1850'/1850'
Location: San Diego, CA


Hike #21 | LAGUNA MOUNTAINS & PCT LOOP HIKE


Date: 04-19-2015
Distance: 20 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 3130'/3070'
Location: Laguna Mountain Recreation Area


Hike #22 | COWLES MOUNTAIN


Date: 05-13-2015
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 900'/900'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #23 | COWLES MOUNTAIN & PYLES PEAK


Date: 05-19-2015
Distance: 6.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000'/2000'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #24 | MISSION TRAILS MEGA TRAVERSE


Date: 05-31-2015
Distance: 15.25 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 4370'/4420'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #25 | CUYAMACA PEAK


Date: 06-14-2015
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1800'/1700'
Location: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park


Hike #26 | BATIQUITOS LAGOON


Date: 06-21-2015
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 120'/120'
Location: Carlsbad, CA


Hike # 27 | MCWAY FALLS


Date: 07-04-2015
Distance: 2.25 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 425'/450'
Location: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur


Hike #28 | SALMON CREEK FALLS


Date: 07-05-2015
Distance: 0.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 218'/218'
Location: Los Padres National Forest


Hike #29 | GARNET PEAK


Date: 07-12-2015
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500'/500'
Location: Laguna Mountain Recreation Area


Hike #30 | IRON MOUNTAIN


Date: 07-22-2015
Distance: 5.8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1330'/1330'
Location: Poway, CA


Hike #31 | TAHQUITZ PEAK via DEVILS SLIDE TRAIL



Date: 07-26-2015
Distance: 9.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2675'/2675'
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness


Hike #32 | Rose Canyon Open Space Park 


Date: 08-06-2015
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 300'/300'
Location: San Diego


Hike #33 | South Carlsbad to Cardiff Beach



Date: 08-09-2015
Distance: 6.25 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 75'/75'
Location: Carlsbad


Hike #34 | Walker Preserve Trail



Date: 08-18-2015
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 150'/150'
Location: Santee


Hike #35 | Maple Canyon & Banker's Hill



Date: 08-28-2015
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 550'/550'
Location: San Diego


Hike #36 | San Dieguito River Park




Date: 09-13-2015
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 400'/400'
Location: Del Mar


Hike #37 | Agua Caliente Creek via PCT



Date: 09-19-2015
Distance: 11 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1930'/1930'
Location: Warner Springs, Cleveland National Forest


Hike #38 | Oak Grove & Rock Climber's Loop



Date: 10-03-2015
Distance: 2.25 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 580'/580'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #39 | Hollenbeck Canyon



Date: 10-10-2015
Distance: 4.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 840'/840'
Location: Jamul


Hike #40 | Combs Peak via PCT



Date: 10-11-2015
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1300'/1300'
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike #41 | Guatay Mountain



Date: 10-18-2015
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1900'/1900'
Location: Cleveland National Forest


Hike #42 | Horesthief Canyon



Date: 10-25-2015
Distance: 3.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 750'/750'
Location: Pine Creek Wilderness


Hike #43 | Rim Trail



Date: 10-29-2015
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 700'/700'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #44 | San Elijo Lagoon



Date: 10-31-2015
Distance: 1 mile
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200'/200'
Location: Cardiff By The Sea


Hike #45 | Granite Mountain



Date: 11-01-2015
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 3400'/3400'
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike #46 | Mission Trails 5 Peak Challenge



Date: 11-08-2015
Distance: 16.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 4000'/4000'
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park


Hike #47 | Carrizo Gorge



Date: 11-15-2015
Distance: 12.25 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 750'/750'
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike #48 | Mottram Falls



Date: 11-21-2015
Distance: 2.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 380'/380'
Location: Black's Beach


Hike #49 | Pepperwood Trail to Canebrake Valley



Date: 15.5 miles
Distance: 12-05-2015
Elevation Gain/Loss: 460'/3800'
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Hike #50 | Adobe Falls



Date: 12-08-2015
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 150'/150'
Location: San Diego


Hike #51 | Caliente Wilderness via PCT



Date: 12-11-1015
Distance: 14 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1900'/1900'
Location: Cleveland National Forest


Hike #52 | Round Mountain



Date: 12-20-2015
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 660'/660'
Location: Jacumba


This has been such an incredible journey. I started this challenge wanting to get into better shape, especially for my children's sake to be able to take them to all the wonderful places I've been as they get older. I'm looking forward to instilling with in them a love and wonder for the great outdoors. Over the past year I've lost about 20 pounds, challenged myself to go beyond my limits, and deepened my appreciation for God's creation. I'm amazed at the personal and physical growth I was able to achieve from this. Each outing was special, bringing me closer to nature, expanding my knowledge of local trails, and teaching me something about myself along the way. Hiking will always be a part of my life.

"The only way you can succeed in life is when the things that should break you, don't."

BEYOND 52!

#53 | Sunset Cliffs Natural Park


Date: 12-22-2015
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200'/200'
Location: Sunset Cliffs



#54 | Secret Sea Cave



Date: 12-24-2015
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 430'/430'
Location: Cabrillo National Monument


#55 | Seven Bridge Walk



Date: 12-25-2015
Distance: 6.75 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 330'/330'
Location: Balboa Park


52 Hike Challenge 2015 Overall Stats 

Total Distance: 315.75 miles
Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 57,200'/60,500'

4 comments:

Phillip Stinis said...

John, we are super stoked and honored to come across your site! I'd like to make sure we feature you, please email us your user name on whichever social media platform you use and a hiking photo to 52HikeChallenge@gmail.com. Thanks and happy hiking!

Karla Amador said...

Awesome John! We're rooting for you!

John Graham said...

Thanks guys!

Unknown said...

Great site, I can't wait to hike some of these trails. Thank you