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

AUGUST 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

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Friday, August 1, 2014


San Bernardino Peak – San Gorgonio Wilderness - Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter

6:30 am, very strenuous, 16 miles, 4,700 ft. elevation gain                               
Hike will pass by Manzanita Springs junction, Columbine Springs and Limber Pine Springs (don't count on any water in these springs this year).  After enjoying lunch at the 10,649’ peak, we return on the same trail and take a short detour to visit Colonel Washington’s Monument (from which all surveying of Southern California commenced).  Enjoy beautiful views of the wilderness, many peaks, Big Bear Lake, Forest Falls and many other sites. Please contact Sondra Morison for carpooling and meeting time(s) and place(s).  Bring  hiking boots/shoes, layered clothing, hiking poles (highly recommended, but not required), hat, sunglasses, lunch, snacks, 3-4 liters of water, and the 10 essentials. For information and registration:  Sondra Morison, skbrian@earthlink.net  or (909) 335-9794 (before 8:00 PM please).

 

Friday - Sunday, August 1-3, 2014


Annual Childrens’ Forest Car Camp – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

2:00 pm, Friday or anytime Saturday
We'll camp at Shady Cove group campground. Arrive any time after 2:00 pm on Friday. Join us for a pot luck at 6 pm on Saturday. Bring drinks, a dish to share, fire wood and folding chair to sit around the fire. Camp overnight or come for a day. Day hikes and other optional activities. If you plan to attend, please call leader Heather Sargeant, 909-336-2836

 

Monday, August 4, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION TIME CHANGE
8:30 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, August 9, 2014


Greys Peak – Big Bear area – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:00 am, moderate, 7 miles, 1,200 ft. elevation gain.
This is a Peaks of Big Bear hike. Those achieving all five peaks will be given a commemorative patch. The trail climbs gradually through Jeffrey pines, black oak, and chinquapin, past
an old (2007) burn and several impressive rock outcrops, where bald eagles nest in winter. To get to the very top there's an easy scramble over colorful granitic boulders and logs. Take in the views of Big Bear Lake through the trees, and enjoy a snack while resting.
Meet at 8:00 am at the Gray's Peak trailhead parking area on the north side of Highway
38 a half mile southwest of Fawnskin or 2.7 miles northeast of Big Bear dam. An
Adventure Pass is needed to park, and there is a restroom at the parking area.
Bring the Ten essentials, water for a 3-4 hour hike, sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat),
camera, and snacks. Call to confirm your planned attendance by email to LJ Foster, Hike Leader, ateljayeff@verizon.net or call and leave a message at 951 845-9440

 

Monday, August 11, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION TIME CHANGE

8:30 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, August 16, 2014


Grinnell Mountain Peak, San Gorgonio Wilderness, Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
7:30 am, strenuous, 12.6 miles, 2,874 ft. elevation gain.
 Grinnell Mountain is located within the San Gorgonio Wilderness at an elevation of
(10,284’). Our hike will begin at Aspen Grove trailhead (7,410’) and we will hike 2.0
miles to the Fish Creek trail junction before our accent begins. Upon reaching Fish Creek Saddle (9,805’) we will hike cross country to Grinnell Mountain Peak, a total accent of 2,874 feet and a total distance of 6.3 miles. We will return to same route making our entire hike 12.6 miles. Bring the ten essentials, lunch, 3 liters of water, sun protection, and rain protection. We can meet either at the Von's Shopping Center in Big Bear Lake or at the Aspen Grove Trail head. An
Adventure Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. Register early as the U.S. Forest service limits our group size to a maximum of 12 individuals. To register, please contact David Melton, Hiking Leader at (760) 408 - 2456

 

Monday, August 18, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION TIME CHANGE

8:30 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, August 23 - Friday, August 29, 2014


Ansel Adams Wilderness Backpack – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
Registration Required before August 19, 2014 5:00 PM
We will explore the Lillian Lake Loop within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. This
Wilderness is located within the Sierra Nation Forest, northwest of Mammoth Lakes.
Starting at the Clover Meadow Ranger Station, we will hike the Fernandez Trail to
Vandeburg Lake and camp before continuing our journey to Lady Lake, Chittenden Lake, Gale Lake, Lillian Lake, Ruth Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Flat Lake. While we could complete the entire trip in three days, the country is just too scenic and several of its lakes too beautiful rush through this wilderness! You will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery the High Sierra has to offer. If trout fishing is your second passion, then bring your fly rod and give it a try! Bring ten-essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, insect repellent, tent, bear canister, sleeping bag, food, water purification, cooking system, and rain gear. An Adventure Pass will be required to park at the trailhead. Call : Space is limited to 8-participants, call for reservations, Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com or Co-Leader, Terrence McCorkle at (760) 252-2194

 

Monday, August 25, 2014


Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION TIME CHANGE

8:30 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


MISTLETOE WARRIORS


Sunday, August 10, and Sunday, August 24, 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

 

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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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