Level of Difficulty

Easy 

0 to 500 foot elevation gain, approx. 3 miles

Moderate

500 to 1000 foot elevation gain, approx. 7 miles

Moderate/Strenuous 

1000 to 1800 ft. elevation gain, approx. 8-12 mi.

 

Strenuous
over 1800 ft. elevation gain, over 10 mi.

REQUIREMENTS (schedule below)

Good hiking boots and socks; 1-4 quarts of water; rain jacket/windbreaker; hat, gloves, sunscreen, etc. depending on the season. Hiking poles are recommended to improve upper body strengthening and improve personal stability.  Snacks or a lunch are optional depending on the length of the hike. Please no pets.
The National Forest Adventure Pass [ NFAP ] may be required.  NFAP - May be purchased at the US Forest Service Visitors Center on Highway 18 in Sky forest and at the following locations: Crestline: 7-11on Lake Drive; Twin Peaks: Pine Rose Cabins; Lake Arrowhead: Lake Arrowhead Resort, Chamber of Commerce, 7-11, Coldwell Banker Skyridge Realty, Agua Fria: Above and Beyond Sports; Cedar Glen: Trading Post; Running Springs: Chamber of Commerce, Ito Ski and Rental; Arrowbear: Deer Lick Lumber.


BOOKING A HIKE

Call the hike leader to register and find out the meeting place and other instructions. The hike leaders set the number of hikers and what they will need to carry. Trips can be booked with the hike leader starting a week in advance up to 8pm of the day before. As a courtesy we ask that you cancel by the morning of the hike with the leader if you can not attend. To ensure your place on the hike, please call early.


CARPOOLING

Some of our hikes will require carpooling so we ask that a donation be made by each hiker to the driver of $1 per 20 miles for gas, cleaning, etc.


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MOUNTAIN TOP HIKING CLUB

APRIL 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

  

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Forest Falls Momyer /Alger Creek  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, moderate, 6.5 miles, 1,400 ft. elevation gain       
We will start out crossing Mill Creek and then head up an exposed trail with lots of chaparral and great views. Next we get into some Shade with the Oak and Jeffrey Pines.  After about 3 miles we will find ourselves in a more forested area that will take us to Alger Creek, which is a lovely setting to have our lunch.  Take Hwy 38 up to the Forest Falls turn off, continue up Valley of the Falls Drive approx. 2.9 miles until you see the large turnout on the left for the Momyer Creek Trail. Bring the 10 essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, lunch and 2.0 liters of water. Rain or snow cancels. To register  for the hike, contact Judy Atkinson, Apprentice Hike Leader at (909) 289-1932 (cell) or djatk57@gmail.com or Ed Caliendo, Hike Leader at (760) 328-1090 or dogs111@msn.com.       

 

Saturday March 22, 2014


Breezy Point- Valley of Enchantment - Crestline area - MTHC

9am,  slow easy/ moderate, 3 miles, 565 foot elevation gain.
A steep but very pleasant trail. Possible wild flowers.
We will be going very slow, plenty of time to enjoy the views.
Contact Barbara at 909-338-1253 barblev6@gmail.com or Marilyn at 909-336-3923

 

Monday, March 24 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area
9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). The group will collectively select a moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Friday, March 28, 2014


Morton Peak Lookout – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group 
8:00 am, strenuous, 12 miles, 2,800 ft. elevation gain.      
Hike uses a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail and rewards us with great views of the Santa Ana River drainage and the peaks along the ridge from San Bernardino Peak to San Gorgonio. Bring water, lunch, layered clothing and good hiking boots. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot in at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00 AM and the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 9:00 AM. Please call to confirm. Ed Wallace 909 584 9407 or email at ednjeanne@charter.net   

     
Friday, March 28, 2014


Green Valley Lake – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, moderate, 5 miles     
Join us for a ridge hike around Green Valley Lake with beautiful views of the high desert. Wear hiking boots, hat. Bring layered clothing, water, snack. Meet in Green Valley Lake across from the post office (33271 Green Valley Lake Rd, Green Valley Lake, CA 92341) at 9:00 A.M.  Leader Sandy Ellis, 909-867-7115 or fsellis67@gmail.com Co-leader, Heather Sargeant 909-336-2836. Call for weather conditions and to confirm you are coming.

 

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Pacific Crest Trail,  Section B, Hwy 74 to Cedar Springs Road – Sierra Club, Big Bear

7:00 am, strenuous, 10.7 miles,  
This is a continuation of the Section B, Pacific Crest Trail Winter Recognition Program.  Those hikers completing all nine segments of Section B will receive a special Recognition Award.  This segment takes us closer to Idyllwild.  We will all meet at 7:00 a.m. at Hwy 74 at the PCT junction.  There is an open parking area just off of Hwy 74. Bring the ten-essential, 3-liters of water, lunch and trail snacks, sun-protection, hat, and trekking poles.  Call  for reservations and additional information, Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (760) 328-1090 or dogs111@msn.com.

 

Monday, March 31, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). The group will collectively select a moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Willow Creek to Ash Meadows  – Lake Arrowhead area --MTHC

9:00 am, moderate. 4.5 miles.
We will check out the waterfall and then walk along the North Shore trail to Ash Meadows.
We may find some wildflowers along the way.
Contact Barbara at barblev6@gmail/com   909-338-1253  or Marilyn at 909-336-392

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014
 

PCT Section D, Cajon Pass to Swarthout Canyon Road – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:30 am, easy/moderate, 5.5 miles, 560 ft. elevation gain.  This is the beginning of our spring challenge, the hiking of the Pacific Crest Trail Section D, 110.2 miles during the spring and summer of 2014. This first segment starts at Cajon Pass on I-15 and travels west to Swarthout Canyon Road. This is a shuttle-hike. We shall all meet at McDonald’s Restaurant, just east of the Cajon Pass, at the junction of I-15 and State Route 138 at 8:30 a.m. Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 1.5 litters of water, trail snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  Reservations call Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo (760) 328-1090 or email at dogs111@msn.com

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014
 

Willow Creek Falls – Lake Arrowhead area – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
9:00 am, easy, 3 miles. We'll explore the area off of Highway 173 north of Lake Arrowhead, to visit the pleasant Willow Creek Falls.  But even if the water isn't flowing, springtime is always nice, so come join us and enjoy the views and flowers on this easy exploration. Wear hiking boots, hat and weather appropriate clothing and gear   Bring water and Saturday snacks. Call to confirm trip, meeting place and hike details. Leader Steve Farrell 661-449-2867 or  mr_sqf@yahoo.com Co-Leader Sandy Ellis

 

Monday, April 7, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). The group will collectively select a moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Friday, April 11, 2014
 

Keller Peak via Exploration Trail – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
7:30 am, moderate/strenuous, 12 miles, 1900 ft. elevation gain. Trail will take us to the oldest remaining of the original fire lookout in the San Bernardino National Forest. Bring at least two quarts of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 7: 30 am and at the Children Forest Visitor Center at 8:00 am.  From there we will car pool to the trail head which has very limited parking. Please call to confirm. Ed Wallace 909 584-9407 or email  ednjeanne@charter.net

 

Friday - Sunday, April 11 - 13, 2014
 

Anza Borrego State Park, Culp Valley – Car Camp – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
11:00 am.  Culp Valley, in the Upper Sonoran plant zone, is our base for a hike down the old California Riding and Hiking Trail to Borrego Valley 3000 feet below. We'll be see a variety of plants on the way. On shorter hikes we'll visit local springs: we'll see effects of water sources on plant life and check recovery from a 2002 fire. Primitive campground. OK for passenger cars. You may arrive on Friday or Saturday. Contact leader Bill Engs, 909 338-1910 or billengs@yahoo.com    

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014
 

PCT Section D, Swarthout Canyon Road to Sheep Creek – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:00 am, moderate/strenuous, 8.6 miles, 2,740 ft. elevation gain. This is the second segment of our spring challenge, the hiking of the Pacific Crest Trail Section D, a total of 110.2 miles. This second segment starts at Swarthout Canyon Road and travels northwest 8.6 miles to Sheep Creek Truck Road. This is a shuttle-hike with a 2,740’ elevation gain. We shall all meet at the junction of Swarthout Canyon Road and Lone Pine Canyon Road at 8:00 a.m. Bring the  Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2.0 litters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Reservations call Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo (760) 328-1090 or email at dogs111@msn.com

 

Monday, April 14, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). The group will collectively select a moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Saturday, April 19, 2014
 

PCT Section D, Sheep Creek to Inspiration Point – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
7:30 am, strenuous, 13.1 miles, 2,789 ft. elevation gain. This is the third segment of our spring challenge, the hiking of the Pacific Crest Trail Section D, a total of 110.2 miles. This third segment starts at Sheep Creek Truck Road and travels northwest 13.1 miles to Inspiration Point. This is a shuttle-hike. We shall all meet at the junction of Swarthout Canyon Road and Lone Pine Canyon Road at 7:30 a.m. Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2.5 litters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Reservations call Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo (760) 328-1090 or email at dogs111@msn.com     

 

Monday, April 21, 2014
 

John Muir’s Birthday Saunter to Heart Rock – Crestline area – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
9 am, easy, 2 miles. On John Muir's Birthday, we'll again honor his exasperated opinion of hiking, “I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike!” Join us for an easy walk and appreciation of our forest. We will follow the Seeley Creek trail to an overlook of "Heart Rock" falls, discovering and appreciating who knows what along the way.  Bring water, a snack, good shoes, and your curiosity. Contact leader Steve Farrell information and meeting place details. 661-449-2867 or mr_sqf@yahoo.com    National Forest Adventure Pass required for parking.       

 

Monday, April 21, 2014
 

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area
9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). The group will collectively select a moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 

Green Valley Lake Ridge – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
9:00 am, easy/moderate, approx. 5 miles. Join us for a ridge hike around Green Valley Lake with beautiful views of the high desert. Wear hiking boots, hat, layered clothing. Bring water and snacks. Meet in Green Valley Lake across from the post office (33271 Green Valley Lake Rd, Green Valley Lake, CA 92341) at 9 am.  Leader Sandy Ellis 909-867-7115, or fsellis67@gmail.com       

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
 

City Creek Peak – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
9:00 am, moderate/difficult, 10 miles, approx. 1200 ft. elevation gain. From the ranger station parking lot on Hwy 330 in Highland to City Creek Peak. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am.  People from the Big Bear area will meet at the east parking lot of the Performing Arts Center (Civic Center), 39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00 AM and carpool to the trailhead from there. Bring sturdy boots, appropriate clothing, 2-quarts of water, sun protection and lunch. For more information contact Dick Banks at 909-866-9232.

 

Friday, April 25, 2014
 

Butler Peak, Running Springs area – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:00 am, moderate/strenuous, 12 miles. Hike to the 8579 ft. peak with grand views of the Bear Creek drainage and beyond. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00 am and at Grays Peak Trailhead at 8:30 AM. National Forest Adventure Pass required for parking.  Bring at least two quarts of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Please call hike leader Ed Wallace (909 584 9407) or email at ednjeanne@charter.net  to confirm.
                                                                             

Saturday, April 26, 2014
 

PCT Section D : Inspiration Point to Vincent Gap – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:30 am, moderate, 4.6 miles, 180 ft of elevation gain.     This is the fourth segment  of our spring challenge, the hiking of the Pacific Crest Trail Section D, a total of 110.2 miles. This fourth segment starts at Inspiration Point and travels west 4.6 miles to Vincent Gap. This is a shuttle-hike with a 180’ elevation gain.  This is a short but compelling exposure to the PCT. From Inspiration Point, go west 3.2 miles on Highway 2 to Vincent Gap which affords ample parking and great views. We meet there at 8:30 a.m. Bring the  Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 1.5 litters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  For reservations call hike leader, Ed Caliendo (760) 328-1090 or email at dogs111@msn.com

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014
 

Earth Day at Silverwood Lake
9am, meet at the apple orchard next to the nature center.
We will be tree planting, litter gathering, and fence building.
BBQ lunch at noon will be provided for volunteers.
Call 760-389-2281 for information.
For car pooling from Lake Arrowhead area call Barbara (909) 338-1253

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014
 

Santa Ana River bottom Bird Walk – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
8:00 am, easy. Meet at the Sierra Club office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. Bill will guide you to the birds. Breakfast at local restaurant after walk (optional). Leader Bill Engs 909-338-1910

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014
 

The Pinnacles – Lake Arrowhead area – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
9:00 am, moderate/difficult, 6 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation gain. Located north west of Lake Arrowhead, this hike includes some rock scrambling to reach the summit, which comprises an imposing stack of large granite boulders. Your efforts will be rewarded with mountain and desert views. Bring lunch, water, good boots and layered clothing. Call for meeting place to carpool. Leader Heather Sargeant  909-336-2836. National Forest Adventure Pass required for parking.

 

Monday, April 28, 2014
 

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area
9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). The group will collectively select a moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

MISTLETOE WARRIORS


Sunday, April 13, 2014 and Sunday, April 27 2014
Keller Peak – headwaters of Deep Creek
9:30 am, moderate
Join the Mistletoe Warriors in our on-going battle to save Black Oaks in the Keller Peak, Children's Forest, Exploration Trail regions. Learn the in’s and out’s of this native parasite, it’s biology, why its epidemic, and how to remove it. Bring water, lunch, appropriate clothing footwear, and if there is sufficient snow, we will snowshoe or x-country ski. We will provide safety glasses, gloves, and tools. Must call ahead of time because we meet at different locations. Contact Lyn at 909 353-9199 for the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Look us up at http://barefut42.wix.com/mistletoewarriors
or check us out on Facebook

 

FUTURE HIKES


Sunday to Saturday, June 8 to 14, 2014
Trans-Catalina Hike – Catalina Island – Coastwalks
7 day - 6 nights covering approximately 60 miles with daily hikes from 6 to 12 miles. Includes round trip ferry, private tour of the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, kayaking in Little Harbor, nightly campfires and programs. Plus lots more. Your gear will be transported from camp to camp. Hike leaders will be Sondra Morison, Roberta Darrow and Kelly Conrad. Cost is $595 per adult. Space is limited.
For more information contact Sondra at skbrian@earthlink.net or see the Coastwalk website at www.coastwalk.org

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Sierra Club, Big Bear Group PCT

Challenge Recognition Program

 

Each calendar year the Big Bear Group awards special recognition badges for accomplishing special hiking achievements. A new program for 2011 programs is described below.


Hike Section C of the Pacific Crest Trail: Hike the historic Section C (between San Bernardino, Interstate 10 to Interstate 15 near Cajon Pass) Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 2011 and/or 2012 and receive a special achievement patch and recognition in the Palms to Pines bi-monthly newspaper.
 

Background: The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) designated for hikers to travel from the Mexico border to the Canadian border covers a total of 2,638 scenic miles. Section C of the PCT travels through the San Gorgonio wilderness and the Big Bear area for a total of 132.9 miles.


Challenge Description: The hiking challenge is separated into eleven (11) segments, culminating in a three-day backpacking trip. The hiking segments can be accomplished over the years 2011 and 2012. In other words, a hiker may choose to complete all segments over a two-year period.


Enthusiastic hikers may contact Hiking Leader, Ed Caliendo, at (909) 878-3813 or contact either co-leader Ed Wallace at (909) 584-9407 or co-leader Vicki Hobbs (909) 771-9899 for additional information. The hiking schedule will be confirmed by-monthly and published in the Palms to Pine publication and on the Sierra Club website. The 2011 tentative hiking schedule is provided below.


Hike#1: May 14, 2011 –Silverwood Lake Area entrance road to Interstate 15 near Cajon Pass – This is a 13.1 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike#2: May 21, 2011 –Silverwood Lake Area entrance road to 2N33 near Cedar Springs Dam – This is a 6.0 PCT through-hike.
 

Hike#3: June 4, 2011 –Cedar Springs Dam to Mojave River Forks Reservoir Dam – This is an 11.1 PCT through-hike.
 

Hike#4: June 11, 2011 –Deep Creek Bridge (near Lake Arrowhead) to Mojave River Forks Reservoir Dam – This is a 14.4 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike#5: June 25, 2011 – Little Bear Springs Trail Camp to Deep Creek Bridge/Lake Arrowhead – This is a 12.8 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike#6: July 2, 2011 – Van Dusen Canyon Road to Little Bear Springs Trail Camp, northwest of Fawnskin, CA – This is a 10.7 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike# 7: July 16, 2011 – Van Dusen Canyon Road, near Big Bear City to Hwy 18 Cushenberry Pass near Baldwin Lake – This is an 8.9 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike# 8: July 30, 2011 – 2N01 to Hwy 18 Baldwin Lake Cushenberry Pass – This is a 10.5 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike# 9: August 13, 2011 – 2N02 to Cienaga Seca Creek turn-off on Hwy 38 – This is a 7.0 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike# 10: September 10, 2011 – Cienaga Seca Creek turn-off to Mission Creek Trail Camp- Day Hike – Southeast of Big Bear, located on Hwy 38. This is approximately an 8.9 mile PCT through-hike.
 

Hike#11: October 21, 2011 to October 23, 2011 – This is the final leg of our PCT Section C journey, a three-day backpacking adventure from Mission Creek Trail Camp to Interstate 10 near Whitewater River Canyon Preserve. This last leg of the journey is a 29.5 mile PCT through-hike. This completes the 132.9 mile PCT Challenge.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PACIFIC CREST TRAIL-WHITEWATER TO CAJON PASS


The following is a breakdown of hikes that we will be offering along our section of the PCT.
We have broken the trial into 16 segments that can be comfortably hiked in a day.
They vary from easy to very strenuous.
Please look for the segments in the regular hiking schedule.
Some will be offered more than once over the course of the year.
Most of the PCT hikes are shuttle trips. We need to
know the number of people planning to attend shuttle
hikes so we can arrange to have the proper number of
cars at either end of the trail.
So please register with the hike leader two days
before the day of a shuttle hike.



PACIFIC CREST TRAIL-WHITEWATER TO CAJON PASS


0. Whitewater

1. Mission Creek Trail Camp – 14.0miles, Very strenuous

2. Coon Creek Jump Off – 6.6 miles, moderate

3. Onyx Summit – 5.7 miles, moderate

4. 2N02 – 9.4 miles, strenuous

5. Dump RD. 3N08 – 6.2 miles, moderate

6. Van Dusen Road 3N09 – 6.9 miles, moderate

7. 3N12 – 6.3 miles, moderate

8. Little Bear Springs – 4.4 miles, easy

9. Crab Flats Road – 6.5 miles, moderate

10. Deep Creek Bridge – 6.0 miles, moderate

11. Devils Hole – 5.0 miles round trip, easy

12. Mojave River Dam – 13.0 miles, Very strenuous

13. Cedar Springs Dam – 9.4 miles, strenuous

14. Silverwood Entrance – 6.0 miles, moderate

15. Silverwood Lake to Elliot Road – 9 miles, strenuous

16. Crowder Canyon (Elliot Road to Cajon Pass) – 4.5 miles, moderate

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