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

OCTOBER 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, Sept 29, 2014

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION time change back to 9am

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  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Snow Valley / Lakeview Point Loop – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, moderate, 7 miles. Hike through mixed oak and pine forests. Depending on the weather we may get the first of fall colors as the black oaks start to change. The trail reveals views of Snow Valley, Keller Peak, Big Bear Lake and the ridge from San Bernardino Peak east. After the hike, if the group wants we can meet for lunch at a local restaurant. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00am.  Bring the ten essentials, 2 liters of water and a snack.  For trailhead information call Ed Wallace 909 584 9407 or email at ednjeanne@charter.net

Friday, October 3, 2104

GRAY'S PEAK HIKE  -Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 AM, moderate, 7 miles, 1,400 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. We should start to get some fall colors out of the oaks that line the lower section of the trail. Meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00 AM or the Grays Peak Trail at 8:15 AM. BRING: ten essentials, 2 liters of water and a snack.  For reservations call Ed Wallace 909 584 9407 or email at ednjeanne@charter.net.  Lunch at a nearby restaurant is possible if the group desires.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Walk around  Lake Arrowhead   -- MTHC

8:30am, moderate, 8.2 miles, small elevation gain but many, many uneven steps.

We will walk all the way around Lake Arrowhead, some on dirt trails and some on paved roads. Bring water, snacks, good walking shoes or boots, layered clothing and money for lunch in Lake Arrowhead Village before we finish the loop. Call Mary to register (909) 337-5850 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Aspen Grove to Fish Creek Meadows  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am, moderate, 8.2 miles, 910 ft. elevation gain. Those interested seeing the Aspen trees changing to autumn colors and then hiking along the moving waters of Fish Creek towards Fish Creek Meadows should participate in this hike.  Hikers are to meet at the Heart Bar exit on Hwy 38.  We will car pool to the trailhead. Bring the ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2-liters of water, lunch, sun protection, and trekking poles.  Limited space available, to reserve your position please call Roberta Darrow, hiking leader at (909) 362-2531 

Monday, Oct 6, 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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MOUNTAIN MOONLIGHT MEANDER  -- Sierra Club, Mountains Group

6:00 PM Join us for our 4th annual moonlit stroll (and night-time picnic) in the forest. An easy route, we will not be worried about our speed; just a leisurely and safe adventure in the dark after saying goodbye to the sun. Afterwards, we will share a small informal potluck if we all make it back together. (Rain, fog or fire will cancel.) BRING: weather appropriate clothes and a flashlight (preferably a night-vision red if you have it). RESERVATIONS: contact Leader Steven Farrell for important details and to verify where we will meet: 661-449-2867 or mr_sqf@yahoo.com

Friday, October 10, 2014

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

8:00 am, moderate, 6 miles, partial cross country hike traverses below the southern ridge line of the Big Bear Valley. Some interesting rock formations and colorful fall oaks will make this walk in the woods and enjoyable outing. Meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd.in Big Bear Lake to car pool to the trailhead which has limited parking. Bring ten essentials, 2 liters of water and a snack.  Reservations,  please call Ed Wallace, Hiking Leader at (909) 584-9407 or email at ednjeanne@charter.net  Lunch at a nearby restaurant is possible if the group desires.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Dogwood Trail -- Blue Jay --MTHC

9:00am, easy ,3.5 miles, small elevation change
We will walk among the Dogwood trees and enjoy the fall colors.
Bring water, snack & layered clothing and good walking shoes.
Call for meeting place. Barbara 909-338-1253 barblev6@gmail.com or Marilyn 909-336-3923


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Section B:  Fuller Ridge to I-10 Fwy – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:00 am, very strenuous, 17.2 miles, 7,000 ft. elevation decline, plus another 2.4 miles across the desert floor.  This is the final segment of Section B of the Pacific Crest Trail for 2014.  This is principle a down-hill hike.  From Fuller Ridge T/H (8,725’) the PCT zigs and zags down the northwest slop of the San Jacinto Mountain to Snow Creek (1,725’).  You cross under I-10 Freeway and complete Section B of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Meet at the Fuller Ridge Trail Head, take Hwy 243 north from Idyllwild, go 8.1 miles to Black Mountain Road 4S01.  Turn right on this dirt road and go 12.7 miles to a major gate. Continue 3.1 miles to the Black Mountain Lookout cutoff, and another 1.1 miles to the Black Mountain Group CG.  Stay on the same road; you intersect the PCT in another 1.1 miles.  The Fuller Ridge TH is 0.2 mile further along FR4S01. Bring 3.0 liters of water, additional water is available at Snow Creek, food for two meals, layered clothing, head lamp, and trekking poles. Reservations contact David Melton, Hike Leader (760) 408-2456 or dmelton61@yahoo.com

Monday, Oct 13, 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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Children’s Forest, Sequoia Grove – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:30 am, easy, 3 miles. An easy hike from the Keller Peak Road takes us to the Giant Sequoia grove planted in 1972.. After the hike we will visit Keller Peak Fire Lookout. Bring layered clothing, sun protection, snack, 1 qt. water. Reservations contact Leader, Karl Barton, 760-805-0782 or  kbarkus2000@yahoo.com  Adventure Pass required.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Berta Peak via Cougar Crest Trail  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8am, strenuous, 7.5 miles, 1,400 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 Cougar Crest Trail Head located 200 yards west of the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA.  An Adventure Pass is required for parking.  Bring 2.5 liters of water, snack/lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and trekking poles.  Reservations, Please contact Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com .

Sunday, October 19, 2014

John’s Meadow  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:00 am, moderate, 6 miles, 600 ft. elevation gain.
This is a favorite hike of this hike leader in the San Gorgonio wilderness. It has trees, which may be showing us some fall color, possible creek crossings and Sugar Pines!  We will have our lunch/snack in the meadow area and then return to our cars on the same trail. Meet at the Forsee Creek Trailhead off Jenks Lake Rd West, just off Hwy 38. Bring the Ten-essentials, 1.5 liters of water, lunch/snack, hat, trekking poles and layered clothing as we could start out chilly and warm up. Register with hike leader Judy Atkinson by email or text at (909) 289-1932 or email djatk57@gmail.com

Monday, Oct 20, 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

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bluff Mesa Loop – Big Bear area -- MTHC

9:00 am, moderate, 4.5 mile loop hike along a beautiful ridge with great views, then to the Siberia Creek trail, the Champion  Lodgepole Pine and Bluff Lake.
There will be a bit of rock scrambling along the way. The trail head is 5 miles in on a dirt road (2N10). If you have a suitable vehicle (high clearance) let me know so we can plan the carpool from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear.  Bring water , snack, layered clothing and good hiking boots. Contact Barbara at 909-338-1253 or email barblev6@gmail .com or Marilyn 909-336-3923      

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Coyote Rock and Mill Peak – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, easy, 4 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain.

 In 2013 the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust acquired 160 acres of forest land adjoining the National Forest near Running Springs. We will travel a new trail system constructed by volunteers. Beginning at Charles Hoffman Elementary School we will hike to the highest point, Coyote Rock. Then we will take a lateral trail to the summit of Mill Peak. We will loop back to the Coyote Rock trail for return to the start.  Bring layered clothing, sun protection, lunch, 2 qt. water. Reservations contact Leader, Karla Barton, 760-805-0782 or kbarkus2000@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sugarloaf Mountain – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, strenuous, 10 miles, 2,500 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.  Meet at the Von’s Shopping Center and we will car pool to the trail head.  An Adventure Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.  Bring 3 liters of water, snack/lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and trekking poles. Reservations call Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com

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

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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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