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

NOVEMBER 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, Oct 27, 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 hiking footwear and at least 16 ounces of water, snacks, layered clothing. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. WEATHER  PERMITTING. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Mormon Rocks - MTHC

8:30 am, easy, 3 miles
Interruptive trail at the Mormon Rocks in the Cajon Pass. We will carpool from Crestline.
Bring snacks, water, camera, hat & good walking shoes.
Contact Marilyn at 909-336-3923 or Barbara at 909-338-1253 barblv@gmail.com

 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

PCT, Section D, Little Rock Creek Road to Mill Creek Summit -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

7:30 am, moderate/strenuous, 11.5 miles, approx. 4,000 ft. loss. This is segment 10, in a series of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikes that will encompass all of Section D in 2014.  Those individuals completing all thirteen segments will be eligible to receive a recognition patch signifying the accomplishment and the completion of 110.2 miles.This hike from Little Rock Creek (5320’) parallels road 3n17 as it winds west 5.9 miles along several ridges to a shady gap (6645’) near the Pacifico Mountain.   You descend gradually through the same kind of terrain for 5.6 miles, finally arriving at Mill Creek Summit (4910).   Meet at the Mill Creek Summit Ranger Station parking lot. Bring the ten-essentials, sun-protection, 2.5 liters of water, and lunch.  Reservations call Hike Leader, L.J. Foster at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net  

 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Delamar Mountain -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

8:30 am,  6 miles, moderate, approx. 1,000 ft. elevation gain.This is a “Peaks” of Big Bear hike.  Those achieving all five peaks overlooking the Big Bear Valley will be given a commemorative patch.  Hikers are to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Cougar Crest T/H approximately 300 yards west of the Big Bear Discovery Center.    We will car pool to Poligue Canyon Road and park near the PCT/Polique Canyon Road crossing.  Bring two-liters of water, snack/lunch, sun protection, hat, and trekking polls.  National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking.   Reservations call Ed Caliendo, Hike Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sand/Bow Canyon Loop -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

9:00 am, 6 miles, moderate. This is a 6.0 mile cross country hike below the southern ridge line of the Big Bear Valley. Part of the hike will be off trail. This is fun hike with a little adventure.  If you want to join me for lunch following the hike just let me know. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 9:00 am. Bring the Ten essentials, 2 liters of water and snacks also dress for the potential cold weather. Reservations call Hike Leader, Ed Wallace at 909 584 9407 or email  ednjeane@charter.net 

 

Monday, November 3, 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 hiking footwear and at least 16 ounces of water, snacks, layered clothing. 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, November 7, 2014

Little Green Valley -- Sierra Club – Mountains Group

9:00 am, easy/moderate. We will hike up to Little Green Valley and explore the area which once had a post office and was the home of a Y camp.  We will hike from the campground and make a loop back down again.  Please meet in Green Valley Lake at 9:00 in the parking lot across from the post office, right by the lake.  Bring water and a snack. If interested, we will have lunch at one of our local spots.  Please Call leader, Sandy Ellis, 909-867-7115 to check on weather or with your questions. Co-leader Karla Barton, 760-805-0782 or kbarkus2000@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

PCT Section B: Fuller Ridge to Devil’s Slide -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

7:30 am, 16.2 miles, strenuous.This is the final segment of our goal to complete Section B of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2014. Starting on Fuller Ridge below the summit of Mt. San Jacinto, the PCT winds around the south face of San Jacinto Mountain, passes through Strawberry Junction, ascends to the Wellman Trail Junction (9000'), then descends to Saddle Junction where we take the Devil’s Slide trail down to Idyllwild. This is a through-hike and will require transporting hikers, and high-clearance vehicles are needed. We will meet at the U.S. Forest Service Idyllwild Ranger Station, 54270 Pine Crest Road, Idyllwild, CA 92549 in the parking lot at 7:30 am. Bring the Ten essentials, layered clothing, 3 liters of water, lunch, snacks, sun protection, sunglasses, camera, and trekking poles. This side of San Jacinto tends to have gnats so a bug net for the face may be a good idea. Snow or rain cancels. Reservations call Hike Leader, L.J. Foster at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net

 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Skyline Trail above Big Bear Lake-- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

8:30 am, 7-8 miles, moderate. We will hike along the scenic Skyline Trail in Big Bear. This trail was recently built by the Big Bear Trails Foundation. The trail name "Skyline" is exactly what it is; it overlooks the valley behind Big Bear Mt, with great views, lots of trees, just a lovely hike. Meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.  We will carpool to trailhead.  Bring the ten essentials, 2 liters of water, lunch/snack,layered clothing, hat, trekking poles. Reservations call Hike Leader, Judy Atkinson by calling or texting me at 909-289-1932 or email me at djatk57@gmail.com.

 

Monday, November 10, 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 hiking footwear and at least 16 ounces of water, snacks, layered clothing. 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, November 14, 2014

Silver Peak via 3N36   -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

8:30 am, 9 miles, strenuous. This hike utilizing Forest Service road 3N36 to get us to our final destination at 6767 feet, Silver Peak with it spectacular views of the high desert and Bighorn Mountains. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:30 am. Bring the Ten essentials, 2 liters of water and snacks also dress for the potential cold weather. Reservations call Hike Leader, Ed Wallace (909) 584- 9407 or email him at ednjeanne@charter.net   

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lake Gregory Fall Bird Walk  -- Sierra Club – Mountains Group

8:00am, easy, 3 miles.  Meet at the North Shore parking lot, across from Goodwin’s Market (24089 Lake Gregory Drive, Crestline 92325). See which birds remain for the winter and possible winter arrivals as we walk around the lake (2.5 miles). Optional breakfast after the walk. Leader Bill Engs (909-338-1910)

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

PCT, Section D, Mill Creek Summit to Messenger Flats CG -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

7:30 am, moderate/strenuous, 11.8 miles, approx. 1,000 ft elevation gain.

This hike is segment 11, in a series of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikes that will encompass all of Section D in 2014.  Those individuals completing all thirteen segments will be eligible to receive a recognition patch signifying the accomplishment and the completion of 110.2 miles.

From Mill Creek Summit (4910’), the PCT parallels Mt. Gleason Road 3N17 as it winds west 11.8 miles along several ridges, finally ending at the Messenger Flats campgrounds (5870’).  Meet at the Mill Creek Summit Ranger Station parking lot, Bring the ten-essentials, sun-protection, 3.0 liters of water, and lunch.  Reservations call Hike Leader, L.J. Foster at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

South Lykken Trail in Palm Springs -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

8:30 am, easy/moderate, 4.5 miles, 850 ft. elevation gain. This one-way hike offers nice views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley and some glimpses into Tahquitz Canyon. Most of the elevation change happens at the beginning and end, and this is the reason the hike is not rated easy.  Optional lunch at a local restaurant after the hike is possible. Meet on the west side of Palm Canyon Drive at Mesquite. A closed car dealership is on the corner.  We will leave some cars here and shuttle the remaining cars a short distance to the starting point.  Coming from the west on I-10, take Highway 111, which becomes Palm Canyon Drive, most of the way through downtown Palm Springs to Mesquite.You are heading due south at that point.  Bring the Ten essentials, trekking poles, layered clothing, sun protection, snack, 2-liters of water Reservations contact Hike Leader, Dave Melton at (760) 408-2456 or dmelton61@yahoo.com

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Splinters Cabin to Holcomb Creek, PCT -- Sierra Club – Mountains Group

8:30am, 8 miles, moderate, 800 ft. elevation gain and loss  Starting in Deep Creek near Lake Arrowhead, hike on the Pacific Crest Trail east from Splinters Cabin to Holcomb Camp. We will have lunch at the creek. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch and jacket. Call leader for meeting place to car pool. Leader Heather Sargeant  909-336-2836.

 

Monday, November 17, 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 hiking footwear and at least 16 ounces of water, snacks, layered clothing. 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, November 22, 2014

PCT, Section D, Messenger Flats CG to Soledad Canyon Road -- Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

7:30 am, strenuous, 14.2 miles,  3,633 ft. elevation loss  This is segment 12, in a series of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikes that will encompass all of Section D in 2014.  Those individuals completing all thirteen segments will be eligible to receive a recognition patch signifying the accomplishment and the completion of 110.2 miles. From Messenger Flats CG (5870’), the PCT this hike descends west 5.5 miles to Road 4N32 (4210’) near North Fork Saddle Ranger Station.  Here the PCTY turns north and continues its descent 4.3 miles to Mattox Canyon Creek (2685’). It is another 4.4 miles to Soledad Canyon Road (2237’).  Bring the ten-essentials, sun-protection, 3.0 liters of water, and lunch. Meet at the Messenger Flats Campgrounds parking lot at 7:30 am.   Reservations Hike Leader, L.J. Foster at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net  to register

 

Monday, November 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 hiking footwear and at least 16 ounces of water, snacks, layered clothing. 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, November 9, and Sunday, November 23, 2014

Keller Peak – headwaters of Deep Creek

9:30 am, moderateJoin the Mistletoe Warriors in our on-going battle to save Black Oaks in the Keller Peak, Childrens 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

 

 

 

 

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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