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

JULY 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, July 5, 2014


PCT Section D1, Cajon Pass to Lone Pine Canyon Road (a redo hike)

6:30 am, moderate, 5.3 miles, 650 feet elevation gain.
This 5.3 mile hike is the first leg of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section D. Hikers who
complete all thirteen segments of Section D (110.2 miles) will be eligible to receive a
nifty recognition patch. The meeting time is early to avoid hiking in the heat and allow
time to shuttle vehicles. Although the hike is a moderate climb up and over a ridge,
temperature may exceed 100 degrees before noon. The hike begins near the
McDonald's restaurant on the west side of Interstate 15 (about 3050'), descends slightly to the PCT as it crosses under I-15, and ends at Lone Pine Canyon Road (3560'). Elevation gain is about 650' to the top of the ridge overlooking Lone Pine Canyon. We hike over part of the Mormon Rock formation, solidified Miocene sand deposits that have been tilted by faulting. From the highest point on the ridge, one can see Cajon Pass in its entirety, as well as views beyond toward Hesperia.  Meet across the street from the McDonald's restaurant, at 6:30 AM. Park along the street, not in the parking lot. Bring 3 - 4 liters of water and other fluids to maintain hydration and electrolytes; ten essentials, sun protection, snacks, and camera. Confirmation: Contact LJ Foster, Hike Leader,
eljayeff@verizon.net or leave message at  951 - 845 - 9440

 

Sunday, July 6, 2014
 

Arrowhead Ridge – Lake Arrowhead – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
9 am, easy/moderate, 2 hours.
Eighty acres of the last remaining island of undeveloped forest within the Lake Arrowhead community, known as Eagle Ridge, was acquired by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust in 2011 to protect as forest open space (but not yet officially open to the public). We will follow the Land Trust?s newly created trail on the property, a little over a mile with a few steep stretches of medium elevation gain. Walk will take 2 hours or more with frequent discussion (and rest) stops as needed. Bring snacks, water, extra clothing. Wear boots, sun hats. Meet at the Arrowhead Ridge Parking area, Grass Valley Road, across from golf course. Hike leader Steve Farrell, 661-449-2867 or  mr_sqf@yahoo.com

 

Monday, July 7, 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 or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Mon- Fri,  July 7-11, 2014
 

Northern Yosemite National Park Backpacking – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
Join Ed and Terrance on this scenic 17 mile round trip backpack up beautiful Robinson
Creek in the Hoover Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest to our base camp destination
on sparkling Peeler Lake. We will spend the next two days day hiking in the northern
reaches of Yosemite National Park far away from the crowds of the more popular tourist
destinations. The wild flower blooms at this time of year should be spectacular so be
sure to bring a camera or perhaps try your luck fishing Peeler Lake.
Space is limited. For more information Call Hike Leader Ed Wallace at 909 584 9407
or e-mail
ednjeanne@charter.net or Co - Leader Terrence McCorkle at 760 252 -2194
or e-mail 
oldhikerdude@verizon.net

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
 

FSR 2N08 to Grandview Point – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
9:00 am, moderate, 7 miles,
We will access Grandview Point loop route that includes Pine Knot Trail, Lost Trail and 2N08. If our timing is right, we should see a wide array of wildflowers along the way, including Lemon Lilies, Corn Lilies, Fire Weed and Giant Lupines. Bring water, snacks, sturdy boots and clothing appropriate to the weather. We will meet in the east parking lot of the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center and carpool to the trailhead from there. Drivers will need Adventure Passes. Call Dick Banks for further information at 909 – 866 – 9232

 

Friday, July 11, 2014
 

Grinnell Mountain from Aspen Grove – Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter
6:30 am, very difficult, 16 miles, 3,000 ft. elevation gain.
Let’s hike to Grinnell Mountain, elevation 10,284’, from Aspen Grove.  Grinnell Mountain is within the San Gorgonio Wilderness and is named after Joseph Grinnell (1877-1924), a zoologist from the University of California who studied animals in the eastern San Bernardino Mountains (Robinson).  This hike will pass through/by aspen trees, meadows, streams/stream beds, to Fish Creek Saddle.  From here we will hike cross-country to the peak of Grinnell Mountain where we will enjoy lunch and beautiful views.  Please contact Sondra Morison for meeting time(s), place(s) and carpooling.  Bring hiking boots/shoes, layered clothing, hiking poles (recommended, not required), hat, sunglasses, lunch, snacks, 3-4 liters of water, and the 10 essentials.  Please contact Sondra Morison at
skbrian@earthlink.net or (909) 335-9794 (before 8:00 PM please)

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014
 

Johns Meadow  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:00 am, easy/moderate, 6 miles, 600 ft. elevation gain
This is a lovely hike along the Forsee Creek Trail in the San Gorgonio wilderness.
We may see some wildflowers in bloom and will cross a stream.
Hikers are to meet at 8:00 at the Forsee Creek trail head. Coming from the Redlands area you
will take Hwy 38 to Jenks Lake Rd. West, at approx. 3/10’s of a mile you will turn right
onto a dirt road. Take that road approx. 4/10’s of a mile to the trail head parking.
Bring 1.5 liters of water, snack/lunch, sun protection, hat, trekking poles. To register please call apprentice hike leader, Judy Atkinson (909)289-1932 or
djatk57@gmail.com
or contact Ed Caliendo, Hike Leader at (442) 242-4103 or
dogs111@msn.com


Monday, July 14, 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 or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014
 

Forsee Creek Trail to Anderson Peak – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
7:00 am, strenuous, 15 miles, 4,064 ft. elevation gain
This is a great conditioning hike through the San Gorgonio Wilderness. This is a full
day of rigorous hiking to the top of Anderson Peak (10,864’) and returning the same
route to our cars. We will meet at the trail head or Vons Shopping Center. We will
meet at Vons Shopping Center at 6:15 a.m. or meet at the trailhead at 7:00 a.m.
Bring the Ten -essentials, layered clothing, 4 litters of water, lunch, sunscreen,
sunglasses, and hat. Reservations – Call early as San Gorgonio Wilderness
Permits needs to be obtained. This hike is limited to 12 participants.
Call Hiking Leader, Ed Caliendo (442) 242- 4103 or email at
dogs111@msn.com.

 

Monday, July 21, 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 or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com

 

Thursday - Monday, July 24 - 28, 2014
 

John Muir Wilderness Adventure Backpacking – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
Starting and ending at the Rock Creek trailhead we will explore the Little Lakes Valley of
the John Muir Wilderness. Our trip will explore Heart Lake, Long Lake and three nights
camping at Chickenfoot Lake. We will day hike to Gem Lake and Upper Morgan Lake.
On a separate day, we will retrace our steps and then hike along the Mono Pass Trail to
beautiful Ruby Lake. You will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery the
High Sierra has to offer. You may want to try your luck fishing for wild trout.
Rated easy to moderate in difficulty. Bring the 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 12 participants, call for reservations, Ed Caliendo,
Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813 or
dogs111@msn.com or Co -Leader Linda “L.J”
Foster at (951) 845-9440

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014
 

Keller Peak Exploration Trail, upper portion – Running Springs area – MTHC
9:00 am easy / moderate , 4 miles
We will do a loop including the upper portion of the Keller Peak exploration trail.
Great rocks and distant views. Bring camera, water, snack.
Contact Barbara 909-338-1253 or barblev6 @ gmail.com

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014
 

Limber Pine Bench Camp - San Bernardino Peak – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
7:00 am, strenuous, 12 or 16 miles, 4,664 ft. elevation gain.
This“out and back” hike begins at the San Bernardino Peak trailhead in Angelus Oaks and quickly climbs into the San Gorgonio Wilderness past Manzanita Springs junction, and Columbine Springs to Limber Pine Bench Camp. We may decide to just enjoy the spectacular views from Limber Pine after climbing 3,240 ft. and return to the trailhead or we may decide to take on another 1,424 ft. elevation gain and visit Colonel Washington’s Monument (from which all surveying of Southern California commenced) and bag San Bernardino Peak. Meet at The Oaks Restaurant at 37676 State Highway 38 in Angelus Oaks. We’ll carpool over to the trailhead, which is nearby but has limited parking. Bring layered clothing, ten essentials, 3 - 4 liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are very handy on this steep trail. Reservations - the hike is limited to 12 participants including the hike leader since I will be obtaining a Day Hike Permit from the Mill Creek Ranger Station. Please contact Roberta Darrow, Hiking Leader, at (909) 362-2531 (before 9:00 p.m.) or email:
kitchenchic@mac.com by

 

Monday, July 28, 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 or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@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.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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