52 in 52 Series

My 52 Hike Challenge Journey

This crazy idea all started as a joke between my husband and I while on a New Years Jaunt down a local river trail! While going along the trail, I wistfully joked that we could possibly go on a hike every weekend and my husband suggested I could write a new series on this, 52 in 52! That being, 52 hikes in 52 weeks. Little did I know that the 52 hike challenge already existed. So, before I knew it I had already signed up and I am looking forward to this journey in 2022 and of course taking you along with me and sharing all the hiking adventures we will embark on!

Stunning views of Red Cathedral at the end of Golden Canyon Trail in Death Valley National Park

Episode 4: Golden Canyon Trail to Red Cathedral, Death Valley National Park


As our Death Valley National Park trip continued, so did our journey to complete 52 in 52! Golden Canyon Trail to Red Cathedral was the first destination for our second day of exploring Death Valley National Park. Situated just 4 miles away from Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Golden Canyon Trail is conveniently located for an early morning hike.

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Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley seen from top of the canyon walls

Episode 3: Mosaic Canyon Trail, Death Valley National Park


Located on the opposite side of Highway 190 and the Stovepipe Wells Campground, Mosaic Canyon Trail is one of the easiest and most convenient hikes in Death Valley National Park. We really enjoyed this hike as we had to navigate our way around the dryfalls and large boulders blocking the path.

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Collage of Photos from Lake Calavera Preserve

Episode 2: Lake Calavera Preserve


Home to the man-made Lake Calavera and close to 6 miles of hiking/biking trails, Lake Calavera Preserve was our choice for the second hike of 2022! Mount Calavera is definitely the more adventurous part of the preserve! Regardless, if you choose to make it all the way to the top or take just an easy jaunt along the reservoir, Lake Calavera Preserve is a must-visit when in Carlsbad!

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Beautiful Greenary along the Santa Margarita River Trail

Episode 1: Santa Margarita River Trail


Situated just 3 miles from Fallbrook in North San Diego County, Santa Margarita River Trail is a popular destination among the residents of Southern California. This is Episode 1 of my 52 Hike Challenge – Follow me along as I share my experiences in this 52 in 52 series!

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