Back in April of 1992, a not-quite-21-year-old Jesper Widén was asked by his coworkers, Becky Kolourus and Leslie Randel, if he could be the third driver for their Hiking the Trails group. (The class was originally named Walking the Trails but too many people complained saying they felt misled.) Jesper gladly excepted their offer and later could not believe his fortune. As he stood upon the Devil's Chair and gazed out toward the rocky basin below, he could not help but think: "I'm getting paid for this?"

Actually, that's how this whole thing started for me. Outside of an eight-month getaway to Europe (July 1994-February 1995) I have been involved with this class ever since. Over time, I felt the need to schedule more challenging hikes, so I branched off to form my own class called Peak Performers in 1996 (later changed to Hitting the Trails in 1998). Founding mothers Becky and Leslie transfered to different parks, so Steve Sugarman and I shared the responsibilities of running both classes. His commute from Malibu to Irvine was getting to be too much, so my friend Robb Gardner chipped in. Now the class is down to just one van, and that means only one driver...me.

I live for these hikes and hope to continue leading them for as long as I can.

Listed below are all the hikes I could find documentation of in my hiking files. If you notice that I have missed some, (and believe me, I have) please let me know the date and destination of the excursion via e-mail. I would greatly appreciate it.

(228 Hiking Excursions)

Date
Hike
Area / Range
Level
1994-05-07
Santa Rosa Plateau Reserve
Foothills of the Santa Anas
1996-04-20
Oso - Juaneno Trail Loop
Caspers Wilderness Park / Santa Anas
1996-04-27
Santiago Peak - Saddleback
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
1996-05-11
Sunset Peak
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
1996-05-11
Bear Flat
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
1996-06-08
Old Boney Loop
Point Mugu State Park / Santa Monicas
1996-09-21
Ridgeline - Los Pinetos Loop
Placerita Canyon County Park
1996-10-26
Serrano - Big Sycamore Loop
Point Mugu State Park / Santa Monicas
1996-11-16
Mount Emma Ridge
Little Rock / San Gabriels
1996-12-07
Trabuco Canyon Loop
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
1997-01-11
Sitton Peak
Ortega Corridor / Santa Anas
1997-02-01
Blue Point Campground
Lake Piru / Angeles National Forest
1997-02-22
Icehouse Canyon - Timber Mountain
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
1997-03-22
La Jolla Valley - Mugu Peak
Point Mugu State Park / Santa Monicas
1997-04-12
San Mateo Canyon - Lunch Rock
San Mateo Cyn. Wilderness / Santa Anas
1997-05-03
Kitching Creek Trail
San Bernardinos
1997-05-17
Bulldog - Backbone Loop
Malibu Creek State Park / Santa Monicas
1997-06-07
Waterman Mountain - Twin Peaks
San Gabriels
1997-07-19
Keys View - Juniper Flats - Lunar Hike
Joshua Tree National Park
1997-08-23
Devil's Slide - Tahquitz Peak - Ernie Maxwell
San Jacinto Wilderness
1997-09-13
Mount Hawkins Trail
Crystal Lake Rec. Area / San Gabriels
1997-10-18
Devil's Canyon
Santa Susannas
1997-10-18
Mission Point
Santa Susannas
1997-11-01
Castle Rock - Camp Bluff Lake - Siberia Creek
Big Bear / San Bernardinos
1997-11-22
Dripping Springs Trail
Palomar Mountain
1997-12-06
Devil's Chair
San Gabriels
1998-01-17
Chiquito Trail
Ortega Corridor / Santa Anas
1998-02-15
Mount Emma Ridge
Little Rock / San Gabriels
1998-02-21
Sullivan Canyon - San Vincente Mtn.
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
1998-03-14
Condor Peak Trail - Mount Fox
Tujunga District / San Gabriels
1998-04-25
Verdugo Peak
Verdugo Mountains
1998-05-16
Zuma Canyon Loop
Santa Monicas
1998-05-30
Vincent Gap - Mount Baden-Powell
San Gabriels
1998-06-13
Shoemaker Canyon Road
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
1998-08-08
Keys View - Juniper Flats - Lunar Hike
Joshua Tree National Park
1998-08-29
Nicholas Flat
Leo Carrillo State Beach / Santa Monicas
1998-09-19
Mt. Williamson - Pleasant View Ridge
San Gabriels
1998-10-24
Warm Springs Mountain
Castaic Lake
1998-11-07
Mt. Lowe Railway - Inspiration Point
San Gabriels
1998-11-21
South Fork Trail - Dry Lake
San Gorgonio Wilderness
1998-12-05
San Gabriels
1999-01-23
San Juan Trail
Ortega Corridor / Santa Anas
1999-01-30
Point Mugu
Point Mugu State Park / Santa Monicas
1999-02-20
Strawberry Peak - Potrero
San Gabriels
1999-03-13
San Gorgonio Wilderness
1999-04-24
Bedford Peak / Main Divide Road
Santa Anas
1999-05-01
Big Sycamore Canyon
Point Mugu State Park / Santa Monicas
1999-05-08
Solstice Canyon Park
Malibu / Santa Monicas
1999-05-08
Castro Peak - Motorway
Malibu Creek State Park / Santa Monicas
1999-05-15
Caspers - Pointed Hill
Caspers Wilderness Park / Santa Anas
1999-05-22
Mount Lukens - Grizzly Flats Loop
Tujunga District / San Gabriels
1999-06-05
Forsee Creek - Jackstraw Springs
San Gorgonios
1999-06-12
Icehouse Canyon - Cucamonga Peak
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
1999-08-14
Black Mountain
Banning / San Jacintos
1999-08-21
Cooper Canyon Trail - P.C.T.
San Gabriels
1999-08-28
Keys View - Juniper Flats - Lunar Hike
Joshua Tree National Park
1999-09-11
Manker Flats - Mt. Baldy
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
1999-09-18
Castle Rock - Camp Bluff Lake
San Bernardinos
1999-09-25
Vivian Creek - Mount San Gorgonio
San Gorgonio Wilderness
1999-10-16
Doane Valley - Palomar Mountain
Palomar Mountain State Park
1999-10-23
Throop - Burnham - Baden-Powell
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
1999-10-30
Woodson Mountain - Lake Poway
San Diego County
1999-11-13
East San Bernardino Peak
San Gorgonio Wilderness
1999-11-20
Angeles Oaks - Manzanita Springs
San Gorgonio Wilderness
1999-12-04
Trabuco Canyon - Horsethief Trails
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
2000-01-08
Sandstone Peak - Boney Ridge Trail
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
2000-01-22
Eaton Saddle - Mount Lowe
San Gabriels
2000-02-05
Castro Motorway - Upper Solstice Canyon
Malibu Creek State Park / Santa Monicas
2000-02-26
El Cajon Mountain
San Diego County
2000-03-11
Devil's Chair
San Gabriels
2000-03-18
Cottonwood - Arch Rock - Lost Horse
Joshua Tree National Park
2000-04-01
Borrego Falls - Culp Valley
Anza Borrego State Park
2000-04-29
Cucamonga Wilderness / San Gabriels
2000-05-06
Charmlee Natural Area
Santa Monicas
2000-05-13
Cuyamaca Peak
Cuyamaca State Park / San Diego County
2000-05-13
Cuyamaca State Park / San Diego County
2000-05-20
Love Valley
Palomar Range
2000-05-20
San Luis Rey River
La Jolla Indian Reservation / Palomar Range
2000-06-03
San Gabriels
2000-06-10
Millard Canyon - Dawn Mine
San Gabriels
2000-08-05
Dawson Saddle - Throop Peak
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
2000-08-12
Marion Mountain (almost)
San Jacinto Wilderness
2000-08-19
Icehouse Canyon
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
2000-08-26
Grinnel Mountain - Lake Peak
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2000-09-16
Keys View - Juniper Flats - Lunar Hike
Joshua Tree National Park
2000-09-23
Vivian Creek - Mount San Gorgonio
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2000-10-21
Palm Springs Aerial Tram - Mt. San Jacinto
San Jacinto Wilderness
2000-10-28
Forsee Creek - Shields Peak
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2001-03-03
Boy Scout Trail -Wonderland of Rocks
Joshua Tree National Park
2001-03-10
Santiago Peak - Saddleback
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
2001-03-17
Boy Scout Camp - Chumash Wilderness
Los Padres National Forest
2001-05-19
Los Padres National Forest
2001-06-09
Boy Scout Camp - Mount Piños
Los Padres National Forest
2001-08-04
Keys View - Juniper Flats - Lunar Hike
Joshua Tree National Park
2001-08-11
Mt. Williamson - Pallett Mtn. - Burkhart Saddle
San Gabriels
2001-09-08
Mount Waterman Ski Area
San Gabriels
2001-09-15
Fish Creek - Mount San Gorgonio
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2001-10-20
Palm Springs Aerial Tram - Mt. San Jacinto
San Jacinto Wilderness
2001-10-27
Red Cliffs - Nightmare Gulch
Red Rock Canyon State Park
2001-12-01
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
2002-01-26
The Grotto
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
2002-01-26
Sandstone Peak
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
2002-02-02
Iron Mountain
San Diego County
2002-02-02
Woodson Mountain
San Diego County
2002-02-23
Morgan Trail
Ortega Corridor / Santa Anas
2002-02-23
San Juan Loop
Ortega Corridor / Santa Anas
2002-03-02
Trail Canyon Trail - Iron Mountain
Tujunga District / San Gabriels
2002-03-16
Santiago Peak - Saddleback
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
2002-04-20
Borrego Palm Canyon
Anza Borrego State Park
2002-04-20
Alcoholic Pass
Anza Borrego State Park
2002-05-04
Vasquez Rocks
Off Route 14 / San Gabriels
2002-05-04
Messenger Flats - Mount Gleason
Tujunga District / San Gabriels
2002-05-18
San Jacinto Wilderness
2002-06-01
Red Rock Canyon
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
2002-06-08
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
2002-08-03
Stone Creek Trail
San Jacinto Wilderness
2002-08-03
Ernie Maxwell Trail
San Jacinto Wilderness
2002-08-10
Three Points -Twin Peaks
San Gabriels
2002-08-24
Baldy Notch - Mount Baldy
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
2002-09-07
Charlton Peak - Little Charlton Peak
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2002-09-14
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2002-09-21
Keys View - Juniper Flats - Lunar Hike
Joshua Tree National Park
2002-10-19
Palm Springs Aerial Tram - Mt. San Jacinto
San Jacinto Wilderness
2002-10-26
Red Cliffs - Nightmare Gulch
Red Rock Canyon State Park
2002-11-16
Wildhorse Meadows
San Bernardinos
2003-01-25
Ponderosa Vista - Whispering Pines
San Bernardinos
2003-02-22
Cheeseboro Canyon
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
2003-03-22
Santiago Peak - Saddleback
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
2003-04-26
Antelope Valley / Grapevine
2003-05-10
Foothills of the Santa Anas
2003-05-10
Ortega Corridor / Santa Anas
2003-05-17
Icehouse Canyon - Ontario Peak
Cucamonga Wilderness / San Gabriels
2003-05-31
Big Laguna Trail
Laguna Mountains
2003-06-07
Down the Arroyo Seco
San Gabriels
2003-09-13
Fish Creek - Mount San Gorgonio
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2003-10-18
Hermit Gulch - East End - Renton Mine
Avalon Harbor / Santa Catalina Island
2003-11-15
Chula Vista - Mount Piños
Los Padres National Forest
2003-11-22
San Bernardinos
2003-12-06
Wooded Hill
Laguna Mountains
2003-12-06
Garnet Peak
Laguna Mountains
2004-03-04
Santiago Peak - Saddleback
Main Divide Road / Santa Anas
2004-05-15
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2004-10-30
Palm Springs Aerial Tram - Wellman Divide
San Jacinto Wilderness
2004-11-20
Baldy Village to Bear Flat and Beyond
San Gabriels
2005-01-22
Devil's Punchbowl - Burkhart Trail West
Pearblossom / San Gabriels
2005-02-05
Cedar Spring Trail - PCT - Pine Mtn. (almost)
San Jacintos
2005-08-06
Pine Knot Trail - Grandview Point
Big Bear / San Bernardinos
2005-08-27
Spitler Peak Trail - PCT - Spitler Peak
San Jacintos / Near Lake Hemet
2005-10-22
PCT - Inspiration Point - Mt. High (West and East sides)
San Gabriels / West of Wrightwood
2005-11-19
Mulholland Dr. - Sullivan Cyn. - San Vincente Mtn.
Santa Monica National Recreation Area / Tarzana
2006-01-28
Towsley View Loop Trail - The Narrows - Wiley Canyon
Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon / Newhall
2006-01-28
East Canyon
Santa Clarita Woodlands Park / Newhall
2006-03-04
South Fork Trail to Islip Saddle (Angeles Crest Hwy.)
San Gabriels
2006-05-20
Tenaja Canyon - Tenaja Trail - Fishermans Camp
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness / Santa Ana Mountains
2006-08-26
Devil's Slide - Saddle Junction - Tahquitz Peak
San Jacinto Wilderness
2006-11-18
Middle Fork Lytle Creek - Ice House Saddle - Timber Mtn.
Cucamonga Wilderness / San Gabriels
2007-03-03
Heaton Flats Trail - Allison Trail Jct.- Iron Mtn. (almost)
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
2007-04-21
Blue Ridge Trail between Mt. High East and West Resorts
San Gabriels / West of Wrightwood
2007-05-19
Devil's Slide - Wellman Divide - Mount San Jacinto
Idyllwild / San Jacinto Wilderness
2007-08-18
Gray's Peak - Fawnskin - Big Bear Lake
Big Bear - San Bernardinos
2007-10-20
Devil's Canyon Trail
San Gabriel Mountains
2007-11-17
Baldy Village - Mt. Baldy - Baldy Notch
San Gabriel Mountains
2008-01-26
Circle X Ranch - Mishe Mokwa Trail - Sandstone Peak
Santa Monica National Recreation Area
2008-04-19
California Poppy Reserve - Ripley Desert Woodland
Antelope Valley
2008-05-17
San Bernardino Peak
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2008-08-23
Vincent Gap - Mount Baden-Powell
San Gabriel Mountains
2008-09-13
Fish Creek - Fish Creek Saddle - 10,000 Foot Ridge
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2008-10-18
Volcan Mountain - Five Oaks Trail
Volcan Mountains / San Diego County / Julian
2008-10-18
Cedar Trail
William Heise County Park / Julian
2008-11-15
Devil's Slide - Saddle Junction - Middle & Red Tahquitz
Idyllwild / San Jacinto Wilderness
2009-01-24
Mountain Home Flats - Big Falls - Momyer Trail
Angelus Oaks - Forest Falls / San Gorgonio Mountains
2009-05-30
Bridge to Nowhere
San Gabriels
2009-08-29
Castle Rock - Camp Bluff Lake - Siberia Creek
Big Bear / San Bernardinos
2009-10-17
La Jolla Valley - Mugu Peak
Point Mugu State Park / Santa Monicas
2009-11-21
Icehouse Canyon - Cucamonga Peak
Baldy Region / San Gabriels
2010-01-23
Razor Point, Beach, Parry Grove, & Guy Fleming Trails
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve / San Diego
2010-03-13
Holy Jim Trail - Main Divide Road
Santa Ana Mountains
2010-04-24
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
West of Lancaster
2010-04-24
Saddleback Butte State Park - Saddleback Butte Trail
East of Lancaster
2010-05-22
Heaton Flats Trail - Allison Trail Jct.- Iron Mountain
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
2010-08-28
Dawson Saddle - Throop - Burnham - Baden-Powell
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
2010-09-25
Vivian Creek Trailhead, Mill Creek Jumpoff, Galena Peak
San Bernardino National Forest
2010-10-30
Santa Cruz Island - Scorpion Cove
Ventura Harbor / Channel Islands National Park
2011-02-12
Devil's Punchbowl Loop Trail & Devil's Chair
Pearblossom / San Gabriel Mountains
2011-03-05
Ramona Trail - Thomas Mtn. & West Rd. - Hwy. 74
Lake Hemet / Thomas Mtn. / San Jacinto Mtns.
2011-04-23
Cahuilla Mountain
Anza / Temecula
2011-05-22
South Fork Trail - Poopout Hill - Dry Lake
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2011-10-29
Santa Cruz Island - Prisoners Harbor - Pelican Bay
Ventura Harbor / Channel Islands National Park
2011-11-20
Ladder Canyon - Big Painted Canyon
Mecca Hills Wilderness
2012-01-14
Red Mountain
Mojave Desert / Near Living Ghost Town Randsburg off the 395
2012-02-25
Mill Creek Summit - Pacifico Mountain
San Gabriel Mountains
2012-05-12
Devil's Slide - Saddle Junction - Caramba Overlook
Idyllwild / San Jacinto Wilderness
2012-08-19
Green Valley Campground - Crafts Peak
Green Valley Lake / San Bernardino Mountains
2012-09-15
Marion Mountain
San Jacinto Wilderness
2012-10-20
Doane Valley - Palomar Mountain
Palomar Mountain State Park
2012-11-18
Green Valley Trail - Little Green Valley - Crafts Peak
Snow Valley Mountain Resort / San Bernardino Mountains
2013-01-26
Suicide Rock - Deer Springs Trail
Idyllwild / San Jacinto Wilderness
2013-02-23
Mill Creek Summit - Pacifico Mountain
San Gabriel Mountains
2013-04-20
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Foothills of the Santa Anas / Murrieta
2013-05-11
Bridge to Nowhere
San Gabriels
2013-08-17
Islip Saddle - Pacific Crest Trail - Mount Williamson
San Gabriels
2013-09-21
Santa Rosa Island - Torrey Pines Loop - Water Cyn. Beach
Ventura Harbor / Channel Islands National Park
2013-10-26
Santa Ysabel East Preserve - Kanaka Loop Trail
Julian / San Diego County
2014-01-11
Cedar Spring Trail - PCT - Pyramid Peak (almost)
San Jacinto Mountains
2014-03-08
Mount Waterman - Buckhorn Trailhead
San Gabriel Mountains
2014-03-08
Vetter Mountain - Poodle-Dog Bush Hike
Charlton Flats Picnic Area / San Gabriel Mountains
2014-05-17
Guffy Campground - PCT - Pine Mtn. - Dawson Peak
San Gabriel Mountains
2014-08-16
Holcomb Valley Road - PCT - Gold Mountain
Big Bear / Baldwin Lake / San Bernardino Mountains
2014-09-13
Exploration Trail - Keller Peak - Keller Peak Lookout
Running Springs / San Bernardino Mountains
2014-10-18
Aspen Grove - Fish Creek
San Gorgornio Wilderness
2014-10-18
Jenks Lake
San Gorgonio Wilderness
2014-11-15
Santa Ysabel West Preserve - Creek Trail Loop
Santa Ysabel / San Diego County
2014-11-15
Santa Ysabel East Preserve - West Vista Loop
Santa Ysabel / San Diego County
2015-01-31
Agua Caliente Regional Park
Anza Borrego State Park / San Diego County
2015-02-28
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - Mount San Jacinto
San Jacinto Wilderness
2015-10-17
Blue Ridge Trail - PCT - Wright Mtn. - Acorn Trail
Big Pines / Wrightwood / San Gabriel Mtns. (Kristi's Whine2Wine Blog)
2015-11-14
Seven Pines Trail - PCT - Marion Mtn. Trail - Azalea Trail
Mount San Jacinto State Park / Idyllwild / Pine Cove
2016-02-06
Black Mountain (almost)
Banning / San Jacintos
2016-03-05
Juniper Flats - Covington - Black Rock Canyon
Joshua Tree National Park (Kristi's Whine2Wine Blog)
2016-04-16
Indian Canyons - Andreas, Murray, and Palm Canyons
Agua Caliente Indian Reservation / Palm Springs
2016-05-14
Grays Peak Group Camp - Butler Peak Lookout - YMCA Camp Whittle
Fawnskin / Big Bear Lake / San Bernardino Mountains
2016-08-20
Little Green Valley Trail - 2N19 - Green Valley Lake
Snow Valley Ski Resort / Green Valley Lake / San Bernardinos
2016-09-10
Dawson Saddle - Throop Peak - Mount Baden-Powell
Sheep Mountain Wilderness / San Gabriels
2017-01-21
West Fork Trail - PCT - Mission Creek Preserve
Mission Creek Preserve - The Wildlands Conservancy
2017-02-25
Pine Flats - South Mount Hawkins
Crystal Lake Recreation Area / San Gabriel Mountains
2017-04-15
Mishe Mokwa Trail - Sandstone Peak
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
2017-05-20
South Ridge - Tahquitz Lookout - Devil's Slide - Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail
San Jacinto Wilderness
2017-08-19
Islip Saddle - PCT - Little Jimmy Campground - Mount Islip
San Gabriel Mountains