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

DECEMBER 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

 

 Monday, December 1, 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

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday Walk with Barbara – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate lasting less than 2 hours and covering about 4 miles.

Walks will be in the western end of the San Bernardino Mountains between Running Springs and Cedarpines Park. Bring hiking footwear, water, snacks and layered clothing.

Contact Barbara the day before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014

 

Pacific Crest Trail-Cajon Pass Hike – MTHC

9:00 a.m., moderate, 6 miles RT, 600 foot elevation gain

We will hike on the Pacific Crest Trail through a chaparral community that borders a historical site where early trails once merged.  An approximate 600 foot elevation gain will provide a spectacular view of the Cajon Pass “Earthquake Park” that features a linear sag pond and uplifted sandstone strata of the San Andreas Fault.  Bring a snack and plenty of water.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Contact Bonnie Trusler at (909) 880-1334 (btrusler@verizon.net) for meeting place and reservation. Contact Barbara (909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com  for carpooling arrangements. Rain or strong wind cancels.       

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

PAINTED CANYON/LADDER CANYON LOOP HIKE  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am, moderate, 5 miles, 4-5 hours.  This is a MUST hike!  The Painted Canyon and Ladder Canyon Loop are located in the northeast corner of the Coachella Valley within the Mecca Hills.  This hike cuts through twisted and exotic Painted Canyon and the hiker uses a series of ladders to climb the Painted Canyon area. Take I-10 to Spot Light 29 Casino, Dillon Road off-ramp and look for TA Travel Center gas station signage.  Meet in parking lot under the TA Travel sign.   Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2-liters of water, lunch/snack, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  Hikers should wear long pants or 2-in 1 pants.  Reservations call Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com.

 

Saturday/Sunday, December 6 -7, 2014

KELLER HUT, GATHERING  -- Sierra Club, Mountains Group

1:00 PM     You are invited to join us for our annual holiday celebration at Keller Hut. You may arrive any time after 1 PM on Saturday. We provide turkey and dressing for dinner, plus tea and coffee. Please BRING a suitable potluck dish to serve six, and cold beverages, plus a "white elephant" gift to exchange. You are welcome to stay overnight, and join us for a communal breakfast, followed by a hike on Sunday am. Overseer Dave Barrie,  909-337-0313. CALL for information, and to notify him if you plan to attend.

 

Monday, December 8, 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

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Walk with Barbara – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate lasting less than 2 hours and covering about 4 miles.

Walks will be in the western end of the San Bernardino Mountains between Running Springs and Cedarpines Park. Bring hiking footwear, water, snacks and layered clothing.

Contact Barbara the day before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

SANTA ANA RIVER BOTTOM BIRD WALK  -- Sierra Club, Mountains Group

8:00 am, Meet at Sierra Club Office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside 92501. LEADER: BILL ENGS (909-338-1910). Bill will guide you to the birds. Breakfast at local restaurant after walk (optional).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PCT, SEC D, SOLEDAD CANYON ROAD TO AGUA DULCE HIKE – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, moderate, 9.7 miles. This is the final segment of our PCT Section D challenge.  This final segment is 9.7 miles.  This hike gets high marks because the last 1.5 miles pass through the spectacular Vasquez Rocks County Park. After leaving Soledad Canyon road, we quickly ford the Santa Clara River (2,205’) and cross Southern Pacific railroad tracks (2243’) before reaching a trio of power lines and Young Canyon road (2960’).  The PCT turns NW for 4.9 miles to a tunnel under Antelope Valley Highway 14(2370’) in Escondido Canyon road (2510’).  Only one more mile to reach Agua Dulce post office and general store, were Section D ends. Those individuals completing all thirteen segments will be eligible to receive a recognition patch signifying the accomplishment and the completion of 110.2 miles.  BRING: the ten-essentials, sun-protection, 2.5 liters of water, and lunch.  MEET: U.S. Post Office in Russ, CA located off of Hwy 14 and Soledad Canyon Road, in the parking lot at 7:30 AM.   RESERVATIONS: Hike Leader, L.J. Foster at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net  to register.

 

Monday, December 15, 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

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREEN VALLEY LAKE RIDGE, SNOWSHOE/HIKE – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, easy/moderate, 5 miles. Join us for a snowshoe hike around Green Valley Lake with beautiful views of the high desert. No snowshoe experience necessary. Bring your own snowshoes, 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 Karla Barton, 760-805-0782 or kbarkus2000@yahoo.com.  We will hike or snowshoe depending on conditions. Call for information, weather conditions and to confirm you are coming.

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Walk with Barbara – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate lasting less than 2 hours and covering about 4 miles.

Walks will be in the western end of the San Bernardino Mountains between Running Springs and Cedarpines Park. Bring hiking footwear, water, snacks and layered clothing.

Contact Barbara the day before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com

 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

LOST HORSE MINE LOOP TRAIL, JOSHUA TREE NP  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, moderate, 8.4 milesThis hike takes you past the abandoned stamp mill of the Lost Horse Mine about 2 miles from the parking area, then climbs a small ridge for some really great views of Joshua Tree National Park, including Pleasant Valley and volcanic Malapai Hill. From there, we'll descend past a few smaller claims, up another ridge, and across pinyon/juniper habitat which leads to a fairly flat wash lined with Joshua trees and nolina. This is an 8.4 mile loop hike so we'll end where we park without backtracking. Moderate due to relatively rough trail segments. We will meet at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 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. Rain or snow cancels. Reservations Call Hike Leader, L.J. Foster at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net

 

Monday, December 22, 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

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday Walk with Barbara – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate lasting less than 2 hours and covering about 4 miles.

Walks will be in the western end of the San Bernardino Mountains between Running Springs and Cedarpines Park. Bring hiking footwear, water, snacks and layered clothing.

Contact Barbara the day before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com

 

Monday, December 29, 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

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday Walk with Barbara – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate lasting less than 2 hours and covering about 4 miles.

Walks will be in the western end of the San Bernardino Mountains between Running Springs and Cedarpines Park. Bring hiking footwear, water, snacks and layered clothing.

Contact Barbara the day before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com

 

MISTLETOE WARRIORS

Sunday, December 14, and Sunday, December 28, 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

 

 

 

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.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2010

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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