Trailism

My Hikes and Rides

My Hikes and Rides

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As ‘luck’ and perseverance has it, I’ve been able to travel a great deal. I usually travel with a plan to see as many trails and trail sights as I can on the way. Sometimes this involves pre-trip research and mapping with Google Earth and Garmin. Other times it involves reading forums of local hiking and mountain bike groups to find what I want, including joining local groups and fellow travelers for trail excursions.  There are other times that I just find the trail head and go for it, perhaps asking a passer by or two for suggestions or keeping to myself. Some of my favorite journeys have involved exploring trails with friends, on adventures we dubbed “odysseys” because they are often over twenty miles, usually involved new-to-us dirt, and for some time involved a Honda Odyssey that birthed miles of smiles.

The map below is still being populated, but gives a general sense of the depth and breadth of my trail travels.

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As a trail user that is also a builder it’s hard for me not to identify the brilliance, as well as the mistakes, not to mention the sweat, in every trail’s birth and life. I’ve had the chance to experience thousands of miles of trail, usually 1,000-2,000 miles/year, and on a good year over 3,000 miles. My wide array of experiences has given me insight into the successful and unsuccessful elements of trails in various climates and soil conditions– its also been good for my heart and mind.

Some of the links in the table below have maps, gps tracks, photos, and sometimes stories to go with them. There are a number of trails with gps tracks and geo-tagged photos below this table. I’m bad about keeping the table current, but I’m slowly catching up. The map is a little better.

If you want to follow my tracks I usually post here: Strava, and less frequently here: Geoladders. I also have some tracks on Gpsies.

State

City

Hike

Ride

Alabama  Anniston    Coldsprings Flow
   Pelham    Oak Mountain
Arizona  Flagstaff    Shultz, Moto
       Elden
   Prescott    Lynx
       
   Tucson    50 Year
       
   Phoenix    Estrella
       
       
Arkansas      Syllamo
       
California  Escondido  PCT Sunrise  Elfin-Hodges
   Escondido     Santa Fe- Del Dios
  Livermore    Del Valle
   San Luis Obisbo   Morro
   Loma Linda   Hulda-Cooks
       Big Bear
     Mt.San Jacinto  
       
Colorado  Fruita    18 Road
   Fruita    Kokopelli
   Buffalo Creek    Scraggy
Georgia Amicalola Falls  400+steps  
 Missouri  Potosi    Berryman
 Nevada  Boulder City    Bootleg
       Blue Diamond
       Cowboy
       Cottonwood
       Bootleg
 New Jersey  West Milford    Pump Track
       Jungle Habitat
     Surprise Lake Loop  
 New York    Devil’s Path  Blue Mtn
     Long Path/Woodbury  Bear Creek
     Sterling Forest  Stewart
    Storm King  Ellicotville
     Schunemunk Waywayanda
     Minnewaska  
       
 North Carolina      Tsali
       Kerr-Scott
       
 Ohio      Mohican
       Ray’s
 Pennsylvania    Boulder Field  Allegrippis
       Merli
   State College    Roth Rock
       Rattling Creek
       Thorpe
       
 Tennessee      Tanasi
       
 Utah  Hurricane    JEM, Goulds
 Vermont      Green Mountain Trails
      Kingdom Trails
Virginia      Douthat
       Indian River
       Shenandoah Mtn

Geotagged Photo Trails

Most of the mountain bike rides and hikes below have photos along with the gps shapefile thanks to a nifty process developed by Geoladders. In turn, you can see the pics on a map if you hit the “player” function (sample). If you login to Geoladders you can view the gallery and direction shots in their entirety to get multiple trail-eye view shots. If you explore my geoladder account you’ll see lots of hikes and rides without photos that may also interest you. Or you can check my Strava account, though it doesn’t track my hikes well because I don’t pay for a premium membership, and it only tracks riding and running. You have to login to Strava to follow me. You can email me if you have questions about one of my hikes, rides, or trail work adventures.

The list of 4 rides below don’t have photos, but they incorporate many San Diego parks into big loops and point-to-point rides. I developed the routes with a friend, which took several years of reconnaissance. We made a sister site to house the routes, but now they live here on this site:

  1. SD Big Ring
  2. SDDC
  3. SD Big Point Rides
  4. SD DHC

Geoladder routes with photos (CA, NV, PA, AZ):

San Diego Trails

Los Angeles

Orange County

San Bernardino

Nevada

Arizona

Pennsylvania photos to be loaded later

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