Trail Report- Momyer Creek Trail

The Quick and Dirty:
Momyer Creek Trail to Dobbs Cabin campground, see rough trail map from Caltopo.
Distance: About 3.8 miles to Alger Creek campground and 5.9 miles to Dobbs Cabin (Dobbs) campground
Difficulty:  Moderate, it’s a short hike for a backpacking trip but there’s about 1,500 ft of elevation gain to Dobbs campground.
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Dogs Allowed? Yes, Dakota joined us on this trip as dogs are allowed in San Bernardino National Forest
Best time to visit: Whenever there is water! Water in the creeks seem to be plentiful on this trail, we’ve been during spring and fall and have always had luck. You may want to avoid hiking during the hottest months of the summer as the switchback section are exposed to full sun.
Trail Parking: Located close to the town of Forest Falls, there is a designated parking lot next to the trail head and parking has been manageable the last two times we went hiked this trail. On weekends, if you arrive later in the day, the lot does eventually fill up with day hikers. National Forest pass is required to park at the trail head.

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Nice trail sign at the trail head

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SoCal Adventures-Paddle Boarding in Lido Island

We try to enjoy the outdoors all year round since living in Southern California pretty much guarantees constant sunshine. Even with El Nino weather this year, the rain has not prevented us from the outdoors. We decided to go paddle boarding on Lido Island a couple of weekends ago. This was a request made by my friend Azrina before she went back to the “real” winter in Boston. Lido Island is a manmade island located in the harbor of Newport Beach, CA. Since only Louis and I had our own paddle boards, our friends found a good deal for a 2-hr paddle board rental at Wayward Captain Watersports for $10. The weather was partially sunny with very light breeze, which turned out to be perfect paddle boarding climate. One thing to watch out for is the wind when paddle boarding, it can be quite a workout fighting against the wind!

Good to know:

  • Wayward Captain Watersports is located at 2406 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA. They are located on the dock behind the American Junkie restaurant. Their hours of operation are from 10AM-6PM.
  • Parking is tight on Lido Island, it is especially chaotic on the weekends. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant for $12 or street parking is available if you don’t mind walking a bit further.
  • Once you launch your paddle board, watch for boat traffic in this area- it’s a harbor for small boats coming in and out of the Pacific Ocean.

We ended up paddling around the perimeter of Lido Island for the afternoon


Paddling around Lido Island


Alpana in her “winter” attire while paddle boarding

Wood’s Cove- Laguna Beach

Southern California winters can be one of the best times to go to the beach. With small tourist crows and high temperatures around 90 degrees this past week, we couldn’t resist spending a day with Dakota lounging at the beach!

Woods Cove is located a couple miles south of downtown Laguna Beach on Diamond Street and PCH. From September 17th through May 31st, dogs are allowed on the beach all day as long as they are leashed. During high tourist season, June 1st through September 16th, dogs are only allowed on the beach before 8AM and after 6PM. Parking is metered around Diamond Street and the maximum allowed time is 1 hour. It is best to come with a friend to have someone feed the parking meter without losing your spot on the beach!

As like most coves, the beach area in Wood’s Cove is small. But on a Friday afternoon in February, the place was not overly crowed.

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