What is CaliTrails?
Good question! The plan for now is to use this site as a way to share my outdoor travels with friends, family, and whoever happens upon the site via internet searches. The site will start out with simple trip reports of the areas I hike in, and the goal is to eventually have trail guides which will provide more comprehensive information about any given area. I’ve been hiking in California for my entire life, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of the state’s beauty here with you.
Only California Trails?
I live in California, and most of my vacations take place in the Sierra Nevada, so it’s a clear fit. Since I live in Altadena, there will be a heavy focus towards the trails in the San Gabriel mountains. I don’t expect this site to ever be comprehensive for the entire state, but I do expect to be able to cover every area eventually, albeit not as well as the Sierra or SoCal.
What Types of Trails?
This site will be slightly different from the average trail guide. First of all, my main hiking buddy is my dog Callie, so the vast majority of the trails listed here will be dog friendly areas. The few trails that Callie won’t tag along on will be in National or State Parks, where dogs cannot venture onto the trail.
Another aspect that differentiates CaliTrails is the emphasis on backcountry travel. While the majority of the hikes I do are day hikes, I will be doing some longer expeditions and will be able to provide some information on more remote areas as a result.
Finally, I am an aspiring landscape photographer, so the trails that I choose are always partially dictated by how scenic I expect an area to be. Hence, the heavy focus on the Range of Light in the High Sierra.
What kind of camera do you use?
This question comes up a lot so I figured I’d address it here. For most CaliTrails posts, I use a Canon 5D Mark II with a variety of Canon lenses. My most used are the 24-105 and 17-40 Canon lenses. I also carry a tripod and an assortment of lens filters.
On some hikes where photography is a lower priority, I take a Sony RX100. If Riss is joining me on a hike, she will often carry the RX100 while I have my full camera kit.
What kind of dog is Callie?
Callie was adopted as a puppy from a shelter in Upland, CA. The shelter had her labeled as a Collie mix, but had no information on her parents. When we brought her to the vet as a puppy, they thought she was a Shepherd mix. We are by no means experts on dog breeds, so it is difficult to narrow down. We believe Callie is a Chow mix based on the spots on her tongue, and the fact that googling “chow mix” will produce some results that look like Callie. Callie weighs only 40 pounds though, which is well below the average weight of a female Chow. So, in a nutshell, we have no idea.
Have a question?
Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to help!