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

SEPTEMBER 2014 HIKING SCHEDULE

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Monday, Sept 1, 2014

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION time change back to 9am

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

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wellman Divide (Palm Springs Tram) – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group      

8:00 am, moderate, 6.9 miles, 1,300 ft. elevation gain.

The hike starts from the tram’s 8400’ Mountain Station and climbs to Wellman Divide (9700’) where spectacular views of the Desert Divide and the country to the south toward San Diego await.  The hike feels more substantial than the numbers would indicate due to the altitude and occasional steep step-ups in rocky sections.  Note: the state park can be cool even when the valleys are hot.  Tram fee: $23.95 per person, $21.95 for age 62 and up.  Meet at the Tram Station lobby at the end of Tram Way Road, drive west uphill from the visitor’s center on Highway 111 (N. Palm Canyon Dr.) at the northwest end of Palm Springs.    At the time of this write-up, parking was free.  Bring the Ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, light lunch, 2-liters of water. Reservations contact Dave Melton, Hike Leader at (760) 408-2456 or dmelton61@yahoo.com  

 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Waterline Trail -- Sierra Club, Big Bear Group      

8:00 am, moderate, 7-8 mile loop, moderate elevation gain. Hike takes us along a beautiful section of the south fork of the Santa River. A portion of the hike will follow the flume that supplies water to Jenks Lake with wonderful views of the Santa Anna River Canyon. This hike is in portions of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Space will be limited because of permit restrictions. The trail in part is unmaintained with some difficult stream and downed tree crossings being part of the adventure. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00 AM. Bring the Ten essentials,2 liters of water and lunch  For trailhead information and reservations: call Ed Wallace 909 584 9407 or email at ednjeanne@charter.net

 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION time change back to 9am

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

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gold Mountain – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group           

8:00 am, moderate/strenuous, 8 miles, 1,325 ft. elevation gain.

This is a “Peaks” of Big Bear hike.  Those achieving all five peaks overlooking the Big Bear Valley will be given a commemorative patch.  Meet the Big Bear Convention Center 42900 Big Bear Blvd NW Corner of Big Bear Blvd. and Division, Big Bear Lake at 7:30 a.m. or at the trailhead at 8:00 a.m.  We will carpool to trailhead. Bring layered clothing, the ten essentials, and a minimum of two-liters of water, lunch, and sun protection.  Reservations call Hiking Leader, Ed Caliendo, (442) 242-4103 or dogs111@msn.com

 

Monday, Sept 15, 2014

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION time change back to 9am

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

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Arboretum Nature Walk – Lake Arrowhead area – MTHC

9am, easy, 1.25 miles, small elevation gain.

Join our own naturalist for a fascinating walk thru the Arboretum near Skyforest on Hwy. 18

National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. Meet at the entrance at 9am.

Bring water, snack and walking shoes. For information call hike leader Marilyn (909) 336-3923

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fish Creek to Big Tree – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:00 am, strenuous, 14.6 miles.

This is a great conditioning hike through the beautiful San Gorgonio Wilderness.  This is a full day of rigorous hiking.  The hike begins at Fish Creek T/H (8,080’) and climbs to Fish Creek Saddle (9,805’) followed dropping to Mineshaft Flat (9,280’) and then continuing 1.0 miles to Big Tree (8,480’).  We will meet at the junction of Hwy 38 and Heart Bar exit. We shall meet at this junction at 6:30 a.m. From this location, we will carpool to the trailhead.  Bring the Ten-essentials, a minimum of 3 liters of water, lunch, and sun protection.    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 

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Santa Ana River Trail – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, moderate, 10 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain

This is a nice, mostly shaded loop hike  through the trees from Glass Rd. to the Santa Ana River Headwaters.  We will break for lunch/snack by the creek then return to our cars along the service road which actually is closer to the River.  Meet at the top of Glass Rd. and Hwy 38.  Bring the Ten- essentials, 3 liters of water, snack/lunch, sun protection, hat, trekking poles, bug net or repellent may be needed.  Reservations with hike leader Judy Atkinson by calling or texting me at (909) 289-1932 or email djatk57@gmail.com

 

Monday, Sept 22, 2014

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION time change back to 9am

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

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Heart Rock – Crestline area – MTHC

8:30 am, easy, 2 miles, small elevation gain

Meet in the back parking lot of the Sheriff’s station in Twin Peaks (corner of Hwy 189 and Grandview Road) to carpool to the trailhead. See the legendary Heart Rock on Seeley Creek. Bring water, snack, and walking shoes. Call hike leader Marilyn to register (909) 336-3923

 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

SECTION B /Pacific Crest Trail – Devil’s Slide to Fuller Ridge – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

 7:00 am, moderate/difficult, 14.5 miles.

This is a continuation of our goal to complete Section B of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014.  This hike can start at either Fuller Ridge or at the Devils Slide trailhead.  Hiking from Devils Slide 3E05 trailhead at the end of Fern Valley Road, hike 2.5 miles up Trail 3E05 to Saddle Junction (8,100’) and the PCT. Turn left and go north 1.8 miles to the Wellmans Cienaga trail (9,030’), then 2.3 miles to Marion Ridge Trail 3E17 (8,070’) .  Continue 2.1 miles to a crossing of the North Fork San Jacinto River (8,830’) In another 1.9 miles you reach Fuller Ridge (8,725’), which you follow 3.9 miles to the Fuller Ridge TH (7,750’). Meet at 7:00 A.M at the U.S. Forest Ranger Station, 54270 Pine Crest Road, Idyllwild, CA. 92549.  From there we will caravan to the trailhead where the hike will begin. Bring at minimum of 3 liters of water, layered clothing, energy snacks, lunch, and sun protection.  To register please call L.J. Foster, Hiking Leader at (951) 845-9440 or eljayeff@verizon.net

 

Monday, Sept 29, 2014

Monday Moderate Hike– Big Bear Lake area – ATTENTION time change back to 9am

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

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Snow Valley / Lakeview Point Loop – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, moderate, 7 miles. Hike through mixed oak and pine forests. Depending on the weather we may get the first of fall colors as the black oaks start to change. The trail reveals views of Snow Valley, Keller Peak, Big Bear Lake and the ridge from San Bernardino Peak east. After the hike, if the group wants we can meet for lunch at a local restaurant. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot at 42170 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA at 8:00am.  Bring the ten essentials, 2 liters of water and a snack.  For trailhead information call Ed Wallace 909 584 9407 or email at ednjeanne@charter.net

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Walk around  Lake Arrowhead   -- MTHC

8:30am, 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, layered clothing and money for lunch in Lake Arrowhead Village before we finish the loop. Call Mary to register (909) 337-5850

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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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