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

 FEBRUARY 2015 HIKING SCHEDULE

 

 

Friday – Sunday, January 23-25, 2015

RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK CAR CAMP  -- Sierra Club, Mountains Group 

11 AM, moderate. Join us Friday or Saturday to camp and explore more of this high desert natural and historical area north of Mojave. Hikes to White House Cliffs and possibly the Nightmare Gulch area of the Red Cliffs Preserve are planned. Car-pooling is encouraged. Contact leader  Bill Engs, 909-338-1910  or billengs@yahoo.com  for information.

Registration Required before January 20, 2015 5:00 AM

Saturday, January 24, 2015

SAMUELSON ROCKS JOSHUA TREE N.P.  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group            

8:00 am, easy/moderate, 6 miles.

John Samuelson was born in Sweden in 1873 and migrated to America settling in Joshua Tree in 1926. He established a homestead near Quail Springs and carved political saying on the rocks that surrounded his wood and canvas shack.  Those carvings are still there today to see and appreciate. Meet at Park Blvd Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center, just south of Hwy 62 and Park Blvd intersection, 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree 92252.   Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2.0 liters of water, lunch, and sun protection.  Reservations: Contact Hike Leader, Ed Caliendo (442-242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com.

 

Monday, January 26, 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 contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

For hikers near the west end of the mountains, call Barbara (909) 338-1253 for hikes in that area

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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 by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

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

 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PALM CANYON TRAIL TO STONE POOLS – Sierra Club,Big Bear Group         

8:00 am, moderate/strenuous, 9 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation gain taking 5 hours to complete

This is a great introduction to the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation located on the edge of Palm Springs. This hike takes you through the lush jungle like river bottom of Palm Canyon followed by a series of plunging cliffs, waterfalls, and exotic pools of shimmering water through rock gorges.  We will return by way of the Indian Portrero where for centuries the Agua Caliente Indians inhabited the lands. Entrance fee: Adults $8, Seniors (62+) $6. Meet at the Agua Caliente Indian Trading PostBring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, adequate water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.   Reservations call Hike Leader Ed Caliendo (442) 242-4103 for reservations.

 

MISTLETOE WARRIORS

Sunday, January 11, and Sunday, January 25, 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 Sundays of the month.

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

 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Crafton Hill Hike  -   MTHC

8:30 am, easy/moderate, 5 miles, approx. 500 ft. elevation gain.

Join me as we cruise around the Crafton Hills area of Yucaipa.  This is an urban kind of hike with views of not only our local communities but far off to Baldy, San Jacinto and maybe even Saddleback if we have a clear day.  We will hike about 5 miles, more if the group would like, elevation will be less than 500.  The hiking will be fairly easy as we will start at an upper trailhead.  The hills are quite nice now all covered in their green grasses.  Meet at the trailhead at Crafton Hills College. Take Yucaipa Blvd exit off Interstate 10, head north on Yucaipa Blvd until you get to Sand Canyon Rd, turn left.  Keep to the right, after the 1st signal turn right in to the college. Follow the road up until you see the trailhead parking on the right. Bring the 10 essentials, at least 1 liter of water, hat, sunscreen, trekking poles, snack, layered clothing.  For any who might be interested we can have lunch nearby after the hike. For reservations call Judy Atkinson call or text 909 289-1932 or email djatk57@gmail.com

 

Monday, February 2, 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 rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

 Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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 by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

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

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pacific Crest Trail, Section B. Hwy 79, southwest corner of Warner Springs to Indian Flats Campground Road, 9S05 -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group          

8:15 am, moderate, 9.2 miles, This is the start of our Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Section B Recognition Award Program whereby those individuals completing all 101.4 miles starting in 2013 through 2015 will receive a special recognition patch and participate in the annual awards party.  This first segment of 9.2 miles takes us from Warner Springs northward to Indian Flats Road junction while hiking along the Agua Caliente Creek on the PCT.  We will meet at Warner Springs most southern located Fire Station, 31049 Hwy 79 in the adjacent parking area located immediately north of the fire station.  Bring the Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2 liters of water, trail snacks /lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  Reservations call Hike Leader, David Melton (760) 408-2456 or dmelton61@yahoo.com 

 

Monday, February 9, 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 contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, February 11, 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 Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

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

 

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lake Gregory Winter Bird Walk – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

8:00 am, easy, 2.5 miles. Meet at the North Shore parking lot, Across from Goodwin’s (24089 Lake Gregory Drive, Crestline 92325). Pay $6.00 parking fee or park on street free. See wintering birds as we walk around the lake . Optional breakfast after. Leader Bill Engs, 909-338-1910 or billengs@yahoo.com

 

Monday, February 16, 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 contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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 Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

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

 

 

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Green Valley Lake Snowshoe or hike – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am. We will snowshoe or hike depending on the weather. Green Valley Lake has some of the best snow in our local mountains, so come and join me for a day of fun. No prior snowshoe experience is necessary--it is not difficult to learn--just another form of hiking. You need to provide your own equipment. Meet in Green Valley Lake across from the post office (33271 Green Valley Lake Rd, Green Valley Lake, CA 92341) at 9 AM. Wear layered clothing, No need to bring lunch just a snack and water. Leader Sandy Ellis, 909-867-7115, fsellis67@gmail.com    Please call to check on weather conditions. If no snow, we will hike.

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Indian Flats Campground Road, 9S05, to Chihuahua Valley Road – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 A.M., moderate, 9.3 miles. This is a continuation of the Section B, Pacific Crest Trail Recognition Program.  Those hikers completing all nine segments of Section B will receive a special Recognition Award.  This Segment No. 2 of the PCT is a total of 9.3 miles.  We resume hiking north bound from Indian Flats road (4,450’) elevation to the Chihuahua Valley Road (5,050’) and the PCT. We will be hiking north through the Cleveland National Forest.  Meet at the junction of Hwy 79 and Chihuahua Valley Road.  From this location we will caravan to the trailhead.  This is a shuttle hike.  Bring the ten-essential, 2-liters of water, lunch and trail snacks, and sun-protection.  Reservations: Contact, Hike Leader, David Melton at (760) 408-2456 or dmelton61@yahoo.com 

 

Monday, February 23, 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 contact Dick Banks (714) 264-2803 or rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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 by the Tuesday evening before for meeting place and walk destination.

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

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Eagle Rock – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group        

8:30 am, moderate, 6.8 miles.  Visit the eighth wonder of the world!  Eagle Rock is a natural rock formation that appears to be a rock sculpture of the American Eagle with it wings fully expanded.  This large rock formation can be reached by hiking south of Warner Springs on the Pacific Crest Trail 3.4 miles over a rolling terrain.  This is a rare opportunity, don’t miss it!  Meet at Warner Springs southern County Fire Station, 31049 Hwy 79.  Bring the ten essentials, layered clothing, and sun protection, 2-litters of water, and lunch. Don’t forget your camera! Call for reservations, Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com 

 

MISTLETOE WARRIORS

Sunday, February 8, and Sunday, February 22, 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 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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