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The 100 Peaks Blog Turns 6 - A Wildlife Photo Collection

Moose in Big Springs, Idaho It was 6 years ago on June 24th that I posted my first hike, to Iron Mountain. Since then, I've been a lot of interesting places and have seen a lot of interesting things. I normally do a photograph collection on these anniversaries, and this one is no different. I've decided to share my photos of the varied wildlife I have seen since I started this blog. The exposure to wildlife is one of the amazing parts of getting outdoors that is often overlooked. And it is often one of the reasons why I hike alone.

You might notice that many of these encounters were in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. It's one of the best places in San Diego to see wildlife, in my opinion.

Enjoy, and thank you so much for reading.


Deer in Yosemite National Park

Deer near Combs Peak

Deer near Convict Lake

Deer on the way to Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Peeking Deer near Reyes Peak-2


Elk near the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park

Bugling Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park


Roadrunner on Fortuna Mountain

Turkeys near Green Valley, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Woodpecker near Paso Picacho, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Quail on Cowles Mountain


Island Fox on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

A fox in the tree, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego


Juvenile Rattlesnake on Arlington Peak, Santa Barbara

Large rattlesnake on the El Cajon Mountain Trail

Rattlesnake on the Kwaay Paay Trail, Mission Trails Regional Park

Rattlesnake near Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Sheep and Goats

Mountain Goat Kid above Chicago Basin, Colorado

Mountain Goat at Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park

Big Horn Sheep on the way to Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Big Horn Sheep in the White Mountains, California

Horned Lizards

Horned Lizard in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Horned Lizard near Combs Peak

Horned Lizard above Clevenger Canyon


Campito, the lone wild horse of the White Mountains

Bison, Yellowstone National Park

Green Sea Turtle on The Big Island

Muskrat swimming in Big Springs, Idaho

Marmot on the way to Windom Peak, Colorado

Sequoia National Park - Where my love of the outdoors began

Sequoia National Park - Where my love of the outdoors began

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic