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

MAY 2015 HIKING SCHEDULE

 

Saturday – Sunday, May 2-3, 2015

KELLER SKI HUT GATHERING –Sierra Club, Mountains Group

11:00 am   Join us at Keller Hut for group meals, hikes, bird and nature walk, and conversation. Bring food for the weekend including a dish (salad, desert or main dish) for a potluck dinner on Saturday. We furnish hot beverages and table service. We will provide breakfast on Sunday. For information call overseer, Heather Sargeant, 909-336-2836

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

PCT SECTION D-3: SHEEP CREEK TRUCK ROAD TO INSPIRATION POINT – Sierra Club, BB  

7:30 am, strenuous, 13.1 miles, elevation gain 2789 ft.

This is the third segment of the Pacific Crest Trail Section D. The entire Section D is 110.2 miles. This stretch begins at Sheep Creek Truck Road and heads northwest 13.1 miles to Inspiration Point with an elevation gain of 2789'. This is a shuttle hike so please arrive on time to enable us to get started hiking as early as we can, and 4WD vehicles are welcome. We'll meet at the junction of Swarthout Canyon Road and Lone Pine Canyon Road at 7:30 a.m. Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 3 liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Be aware of the day's forecast as it may be quite hot by midday. Reservations: Email Hike Leader LJ Foster at eljayeff@verizon.net, leave a message at (951) 845-9440, or contact hike Co-Leader, Ed Caliendo @ dogs111@msn.com or call (442) 2342-4103

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

WILDHORSE CREEK TRAIL HIKE – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am, moderate, 8 miles, 1400 ft. elevation gain. This trail is 8 miles round trip up chaparral covered ridges with Jeffrey and Pinyon pine.  We will see Greyback Ridge and the slopes of Grinnell Mountain with views of the upper Santa Ana River.  Toward the end of the hike we will descend into the forested canyon of Wildhorse Creek. The creek usually runs all year so we should have a lovely place to have our lunch/snack. RATING:  Moderate with a 1400 foot elevation gain.  Meet at the Wildhorse Creek Trail on Hwy 38.  The trail marker will be on your left if you are coming up from the Redlands area, on the right if coming from Big Bear. It's near the Heart Bar Campground.  Bring the  ten essentials, 2 liters of water, layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, lunch/snack.  Reservations: contact hike leader Judy Atkinson by phone or text at 909 289-1932 or email djatk57@gmail.com 

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

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 please contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or lebancos@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Walk with Barbara – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate 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 by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

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

 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Pacific Crest Trail from Route 18 to the Eye of God – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am ,easy/ moderate, 6 miles, small elevation gain.

Get ready for summer on this relatively flat 6 mile round trip hike along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail with views of Long Valley and the Big Horn Wilderness beyond. Our destination will be the Eye of God, a quartz dome named by the Serrano Indians. Meet at the  Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:30 AM.  Bring: water, snack and good hiking boots. Reservations: Call Hike Leader Ed Wallace (909) 584 9407 or email ednjeanne@charter.net        

 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

LITTLE BEAR CREEK HERE AND NOW HIKE – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, 5 miles, moderate, 600 ft. elevation gain.  While on this moderate hike, we will focus on what is around us at the moment; sights and sounds of the forest, and our reactions to them. While on the trail, by talking about only what we see, hear and experience, we should be able to better appreciate what is out there. We will hike the North Shore Trail to Little Bear Creek. Wear hat and boots. Bring: layered clothing, water, snacks and lunch. Call leader Bill Engs for meeting place: 909-338-1910

 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

PCT SECTION D-4: INSPIRATION POINT TO VINCENT GAP  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, easy/moderate, 4.8 miles, approx. a 1,000 ft. elevation gain. This is the fourth segment of the Pacific Crest Trail Section D. The entire length of section D is 110.2 miles and this short segment is about 4.8 miles. From Inspiration Point (7386'), the trail heads west, passes a couple of campgrounds, contours and gradually ascends (7480'), and finally descends to cross Angeles Crest Highway, ending at the parking lot at Vincent Gap (6585') where our cars are parked. There are some nice views along the short but scenic segment so bring a camera. We'll meet at Inspiration Point along Angeles Crest Highway at 7:30 a.m. Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2 liters of water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. Reservations: Email Hike Leader LJ Foster at eljayeff@verizon.net or leave a message at (951) 845-9440, or contact Co-Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo at dogs111@msn.com or call (442) 242-4103

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

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 please contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or lebancos@yahoo.com

 

Tuesday May 12, 2015

Janet's Trail -- South Fork / Jenk's Lake  -- MTHC
8:30 am, moderate, 5 miles, moderate elevation gain. Mountain area hikers meet at Von's parking lot in Big Bear at 8:30 AM. We will meet those coming from the Redlands area at the "South Fork" parking lot on Highway 38 at about 9:15 AM. This is a beautiful hike up a stream followed by a hike to Bluff Lake where we will have lunch. Bring water, lunch, sun protection, layered clothing and sturdy foot wear. Call Dick Banks for details at 714-264-2803

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Walk with Barbara (Mary substituting) – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate 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 Mary by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 337-5850 or marybarlow@verizon.net

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WOODLAND TRAIL – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group     

8:30 AM Come and gain an introduction to Hiking. This is for the young, families, and seniors wishing to experience an introduction to hiking and the trees that grow in the San Bernardino Forest.  The trail was constructed by volunteers in 1986, and features 20 numbered posts around the loop.  A brochure at the trailhead provides historic, botanical, and geological information keyed to the sign posts. RATING: Easy , a 1.7 mile hike, with a 300’ elevation change. We will meet at the Trailhead parking lot location just west the road junction of Hwy 38 and Stanfield Cutoff on the north shore of Big Bear Lake. BRING:  1 liter of water, snack, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  To register please call Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Walk Around Lake Arrowhead – MTHC

8:30 am, 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, layer clothing and money for lunch in Lake Arrowhead Village before we finish the loop. We usually return to Blue Jay about 3pm. You may meet us along the route for a shorter hike.

Call Mary to register (909) 337-5850

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

LAKE GREGORY SPRING BIRD WALK – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

8:00 am, easy,  MEET: North Shore Parking Lot, across from Goodwin’s (24089 Lake Gregory Drive, Crestline 92325). Pay $6.00 fee or park on street free. See new spring arrivals and year 'round residents as we walk around the lake (2.5 miles). Optional breakfast after. LEADER, BILL ENGS, 909-338-1910, 

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

PCT, SECTION D VINCENT GAP TO ISLIP SADDLE HIKE – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, 11.6 miles, strenuous, approx. 1700 ft. gain.  This is the 5th segment in a series of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikes that will encompass all of Section D in 2015.  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 climbs steeply from Vincent Gap (6585’) 3.8 miles to the Mt. Baden Powell Spur Trail (9245’).  The PCT continues west 5.2 miles along this high ridge past Mt. Burnham and Throop Peak, before descending to Windy Gap (7588’).  We continue to descend to Islip Saddle (6670’) to end the day’s hike and complete the 11.6 mile journey. Most likely we will split the group to have a key-exchange, and thus offer the option of hiking in the other direction, which has a more gradual ascent, followed by a steep descent. Bring the ten-essentials, sun-protection, 3.0 liters of water, and lunch. Meet at Hwy 2 at Vincent Gap trailhead.   Reservations: Contact Hike Leader, David Melton at (760) 408-2456 or dmelton61@yahoo.com or Co-Leader, Ed Caliendo at dogs111@msn.com or call (442) 242-4103

 

 Monday, May 18, 2015

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 please contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or lebancos@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday Walk with Barbara (Mary substituting) – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate 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 Mary by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 337-5850 or marybarlow@verizon.net

 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PILOT ROCK HIKE – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9 am, moderate, 6 miles, along a ridge between Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake on Forest Road 2N33 to a large prominent rock at 5,260 ft. Mormons used this rock as a guide to cross over the San Bernardino Mountains from the Mojave Desert. We should get views of Mount Baldy, Silverwood Lake and the high desert. Bring a snack, hat, water. Contact Leader for confirmation and meeting place details. Leader: Steve Farrell:  951 777-9150 or mr_sqf@yahoo.com. Adventure Pass required for parking.

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

COYOTE ROCK AND MILL PEAK  -- Sierra Club, Mountains Group   

9:00 am, easy/moderate, 4 miles, 700 ft elevation gain. Join us to hike the upper portion of the Coyote Rock, a 160 acre parcel of forest land acquired by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust in 2013. The hike will include optional climbs of the Rock which offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding country and Mill Peak. Hike on newly constructed trails. Bring: 2 qt. water, snacks, lunch. Wear: Hat, boots, sunscreen, layered clothing: Call for meeting place. Leader: Karla Barton,  760-805-0782, kbarkus2000@yahoo.com.  Co-leader, Don Fischer, 909-939-0332.

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

PCT, SECTION D-6: ISLIP SADDLE TO CLOUDBURST SUMMIT  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, moderate, approx. 8.5 miles, This hike combines the 6th and 7th segments of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikes that will encompass all of Section D in 2015. Those individuals completing all thirteen segments will be eligible to receive a recognition patch signifying the accomplishment and the completion of 110.2 miles. The first 3.8 miles are mostly level from Islip Saddle to Eagles Roost Picnic Area. From Eagles Roost the trail dips 1.5 miles into Rattlesnake Canyon, where it crosses Little Rock Creek. The trail follows this creek 2.3 miles to Burkhart Trail 10W02 (5640’), and then begins its 3.2 mile climb through Cooper Canyon to Cloudburst Summit (7,018’). Due to a closure of part of the trail to protect an endangered toad, we will shuttle cars twice.. Bring the ten essentials, sun protection, 3 liters of water, snacks, and lunch. Meet: Islip Saddle lies west of Vincent Gap 10.6 miles on Highway 2. This is a shuttle hike so please arrive in a timely manner so we can start hiking as quickly as possible. Reservations: Contact Hike Leader, LJ Foster at eljayeff@verizon.net or leave a message at (951) 845-9440 or contact Co-Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo at dogs111@msn.com or (442) 242-4103

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WILDFLOWER WALK – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, easy, slow.   Join us to see plants blooming in the mountains. Bring water and snack. Call Gina Richmond, interpreter and guide for meeting place, 909-645-0850. (Leader Bill Engs, 909-338-1910) Adventure Pass required for parking.

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Skyline Trail West -- MTHC

8:30 am, moderate, 6 - 7 miles west along the Skyline Trail in Big Bear.  The trail on the east has been done so this time we will "Go West"! This trail was put together by the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation and the International Biking Association.  It runs along the ridge line behind Big Bear with some wonderful views and a variety of open trail and woods. This part of the trail has not been done the by the hiking club yet, so it should be a fun discovery.  Hike leader will be scouting out the best place to drive in, park and start the hike.  Bring 2 liters of water, hiking boots, trekking poles, lunch/snacks, hat, sunscreen and layered clothing.  Leader: Judy Atkinson, call or text me at 909 289-1932 or email djatk57@gmail.com.  I will let you know the meeting place before the hike.

 

Monday, May 25, 2015

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 please contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or lebancos@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Walk with Barbara (Mary substituting)  – MTHC

9am, easy/moderate 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 Mary by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

(909) 337-5850 or marybarlow@verizon.net

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SKYLINE TRAIL -  Sierra Club, Big Bear Group      

8:30 am, easy, 1.5 miles, small elevation gain. This is the second introduction to Hiking. This is for the young, families, and seniors wishing to experience an introduction to hiking and learn about the type of trees that grow in the San Bernardino Forest.  The Skyline trail is the newest trail in the Big Bear area and was completed in September 2014. It is located above the Bear Mountain Ski resort and is over 15 miles in total length.  Our hike will be a brief 1.5 miles in total distance.  You will be introduced to beautiful skyline views, tall trees of the San Bernardino Forest.   We will also review the criteria for selecting good hiking boots. Meet at the Von’s Shopping Center, 42170 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 in the first row of parking on the south side of the street entrance.  From here we will carpool to the trailhead and return the same way.  Bring: 1 liters of water, snack , sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  Reservations: Prior registration is required, contact Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

ANNUAL BIG BEAR GROUP AWARDS PARTY  -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group          

8:30 am, all levels of hiking.   Annually, we award “Patches” to hikers for significant achievements including the completion of the (1) Five Peaks of Big Bear; (2) Completion of a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section B or Section D over the past three years, and (3) other recognition programs. In the morning we offer three different hikes for participants, plus a guided Nature Walk for non- hikers.  Participants will be given a guided tour of the local wild flowers, rocks, and trees, truly a nature experience to remember.  The hikers and guests are treated to a barbeque with drinks and desserts.  Friends and family of hikers in the Big Bear Group are invited. Patches will be presented following lunch, plus a competitive volley ball match. All hikes are guided by Big Bear Group Hike Leaders and are rated:  Easy, Moderate, and Strenuous in difficulty.  Meet at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, 40101 Mill Creek Rd San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.  BRING:  Day hiking gear, 2-litters of water, and friends and family.  Reservations: Contact Ed Caliendo, Outings Chair at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com

 

MISTLETOE WARRIORS

Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, May 23, 2015

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, 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 Saturday of the month.

Look us up at http://barefut42.wix.com/mistletoewarriors or check us out on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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