Wanna Go Take a Hike? Here’s Some Ideas!

hiking_BWMOUNTAIN TOP HIKING CLUB
AUGUST  2013 HIKING SCHEDULE
 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Splinter’s Cabin to Devil’s Hole – Lake Arrowhead area – MTHC

9am, moderate, 6 miles, 500 ft. elevation gain. Those coming from the Big Bear area meet to carpool at 8am at the Performing Arts Center. Those from the Arrowhead area will meet at the Cedar Glen Post Office at 9am. Bring sturdy boots, ample water, sun protection, insect repellant, snacks or lunch. Lunch optional at the Cedar Glen Malt Shop. Call Dick Banks at 909 866-9232 for more information.
 
Friday – Sunday, August 2-4, 2013
Annual Children’s Forest Car Camp  – Sierra Club, Mountain Group

Starting anytime after 2pm on Friday join us at the Shady Cove group campground. Join us at 6pm on Saturday for a potluck. Bring drinks, a dish to share, firewood and a folding chair to sit around the campfire. You can camp overnight one or two nights. Day hikes and other optional activities. If you plan to attend please call leader Heather Sargeant (909) 336-2836
 
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Grays Peak – Big Bear area – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am, moderate/strenuous, 8 miles, 1,400 feet elevation gain.
This is a “Peaks of Big Bear” hike. Those achieving all five peaks will be given a commemorative patch.  Meet at 8:30 AM at the Big Bear Discovery Center or 8:45 A.M. at the Grays Peak trailhead located on Hwy 38, half a mile west of Fawnskin. Adventure Pass will be required for parking at the trailhead. Bring 2 quarts of water, snack/lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and good hiking shoes. To register call Jim Seifert, hiking leader at (760) 694-5370 or ironmany2k@hotmail.com
 
Monday, August 5, 2013
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 water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
 
Wednesday, August, 7, 2013
Pacific Crest Trail  – 2N02 to Arrastre Creek – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

9:00 am, moderate, 6 miles, elevation gain of about 800 ft.
Bring sturdy boots, ample water, sun protection, and food for snack breaks and lunch.  We will meet at Von’s at 9:00 am and carpool to the trailhead. Call Dick Banks at 909-866-9232 for more information.
 
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Pine Knot Trail to Deer Campsite– Big Bear area –  MTHC
8:30 am, moderate, 5 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain.
Trail starts at Aspen Glen Picnic area and meanders up thru stands of white fir and Jeffrey pine providing good views of Big Bear Lake. Enjoy a snack at Deer Campsite and return on the same trail.  Bring plenty of water, sturdy boots, layered clothing, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. National Forest Adventure Pass required for parking. Register with hike leader Janet at janetinbb@yahoo.com or 909-585-8511
 
Friday, August 9, 2013
Snow Valley to Green Valley Lake – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am – moderate, 8 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation gain.
This hike will lead us through rare stands of magnificent stands of pines, cedar and oaks. The hike could be lengthen depending on the desires of the hikers. We will meet at the Von’s parking lot in Big Bear Lake at 8:00 am. Plan on lunch at the Malt Shop in Green Valley Lake. Please bring Ten-essentials, layered clothing, 2 liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat. For more information call hike leader Ed Wallace at 909 584 9407

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Bertha Peak – Big Bear area – MTHC

8:30am, moderate/difficult, 900 ft. elevation gain.
This is a “Peaks of Big Bear’ hike. Those competing all five peaks will receive a commemorative patch. Meet at the Von’s parking lot in Big Bear at 8:30am for carpooling to the trailhead at the intersection of the PCT and Van Dusen Canyon Rd. National Forest Adventure Pass is required at trailhead. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, sturdy hiking boots and layered clothing. Contact Dick Banks at 909 866-9232 for additional information.

 
Sunday, August 11 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013
John Muir Wilderness Adventure Backpack – 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 include three nights of trail camping, fly fishing, photography, and hiking. You will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery the High Sierra has to offer. We will explore Heart Lake, and Long Lake with an optional day hike up Morgan Pass to Upper Morgan Lake while camping two nights at Chickenfoot Lake. We’ll retrace our steps and then hike along the Mono Pass Trail to beautiful Ruby Lake for the last night. Rated: Easy to moderate in difficulty. Bring ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, insect repellent, tent, bear canister, sleeping bag, food, water purification, and rain gear. An Adventure Pass will be required to park at the trailhead. Space is limited to ten-participants, call for reservations Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813 or dogs111@msn.com or Roberta Darrow, Co-Leader at (909) 362-2531
 
Monday, August 12, 2013
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 water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Crafts Peak – Green Valley Lake area – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

8:30am, moderate/difficult, 8 miles, 1,500 ft. elevation gain.
From Green Valley Lake to Crafts Peak at 8,364 ft. The area was burnt in the 2007 fire, so many of the trees are still in the process of recovering. It will be interesting to see how nature continues to restore itself. Views in all directions from Lake Arrowhead and Mt. Baldy to Big Bear Lake and San Gorgonio Mountain. Bring sturdy hiking boots, sufficient water, lunch, hat and a jacket.
National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. Call hike leader Don Fischer for carpooling and meeting time (909) 939-0332
 
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Delamar Peak via the Pacific Crest Trail – Big Bear area – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am, moderate, 6 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain.
This is a “Peaks of Big Bear” hike.  Those achieving all five peaks will be given a commemorative patch. Hikers are to meet at 8:30am at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  We will car pool to Polique Canyon Road and park near the PCT/Polique Canyon Road crossing.  Bring adequate water, snack, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, layered clothing and good hiking shoes.  National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. To register contact Jim Seifert, Hiking Leader, at (760)694-5370 or ironmany2k@hotmail.com
          
Monday, August 19, 2013
Lake Peak and the 10,000 ft Ridge – San Gorgonio Wilderness – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:00 am, strenuous, 15 miles, to summit of Lake Peak.
This hike will take us from the Fish Creek Trail Head in the San Gorgonio Wilderness 6 miles to the summit of Lake Peak from there we will explore the remote 10,000 ft. ridge. Bring ten-essentials, layered clothing, 4 liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.  Space is limited. For more information Call hike leader Ed Wallace at 909 584 9407 or
ednjeanne@charter.net
 
Monday, August 19, 2013
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 water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
 
Monday, August 19, 2013
Moonlight Meander – San Bernardino Mountains – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

7PM , easy, small elevation gain.
Join us for our third annual moonlit stroll (and night-time picnic) in the forest. An easy route, a leisurely and safe adventure in the dark, who knows what we might see? Afterwards we’ll share a small potluck to celebrate all making it back together. (Rain, fog or fire will cancel.) Bring weather appropriate clothes and a flashlight, preferably with a red cover to preserve our night vision. Current plan is to meet at the Heap’s Peak Arboretum but that may change. Please call leader to confirm, Steve Farrell 661-449-2867 or  mr_sqf@yahoo.com
National Forest Adventure Pass is required.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Heart Rock – Crestline area – MTHC

8am, easy, 2-3 miles. Walk along Selley Creek to Heart Rock. Bring good walking shoes (it is a bit slippery in places), and water. Contact hike leader Barbara (909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com  or Marilyn (909) 336-3923
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Lower Grays Peak/Hanna Flat Trails – Big Bear area –  MTHC/ Sierra Club

8:30 am, moderate or difficult, 5 miles on lower Gray’s Peak connecting to Hannah Flat Trail, or 10 miles to the campgound, 600 ft. or 800 ft. elevation gain. We will go out to where the fires burned in 2007 and look for new growth. For those wanting a longer hike, Dick will continue on to Hanna Flat Campground making it 10 miles round trip. Meet at the Gray’s Peak trailhead. Bring plenty of water, sturdy boots, layered clothing, snacks (lunch for longer hike), sunscreen, and a hat. National Forest Adventure Pass required for parking. Register with hike leader Janet at janetinbb@yahoo.com or 909-585-8511 or Dick at rlbancos@yahoo.com or 909 866-9232
 
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Barbara’s 75th Summer Party

Open House – Noon to 6pm
Barbara would like to have all her friends and family together at her home on Big Tree Lane for a Summer Bash. The more loud, colorful and clashing party attire the better.
Her 75th birthday was in June.
Please RSVP Barb at 909 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com for directions.
 
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Exploration Trail Hike and Potluck  – Running Springs area – Sierra Club – Big Bear Group

3:00 pm, moderate, 3 hour 6-7 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation gain.
We’ll hike about 1.5 hours downhill and then retrace our steps uphill to develop an appetite and return to our cars where we’ll enjoy a potluck dinner at the picnic tables in the Children’s Forest.  (The entire trail is 9 miles but we won’t be hiking to the bottom this time.)  Restrooms are available at the Children’s Forest. Meet at the upper terminus of the Exploration Trail, located 4 miles up Keller Peak Road in Running Springs just below the Children’s Forest. Bring ten essentials, sturdy hiking boots, 2 liters of water, hat, sunglasses, and layered clothing as we’ll be picnicking into the early evening.  Adventure passes are required to park at the trailhead.  Please let me know what food or drink you will bring to share at the potluck. Call Roberta Darrow hiking leader at (909) 362-2531 or kitchenchic@mac.com
 
Monday, August 26, 2013
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 water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
No # Road from 2N09 to 3N12  – Big Bear area – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, easy/moderate, 6 miles, small elevation gain.
The trail head starts in the Holcomb Valley Forest at the junction of 2N09 and No # Road. It meanders west to 3N12 for approximately 3.0 miles. We will then turn-around and return to 2N09 to complete the hike, a total of 6.0 miles. This will be a slow to moderate paced hike. Hikers are to meet at the Cougar Crest Trail parking lot at 8:00 am.  An Adventure Pass is required for parking. Bring two-liters of water, snack/lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and good hiking shoes. To register please call Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813 or email at dogs111@msn.com
 
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Southfork to Dollar Lake – San Gorgonio Wilderness – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, strenuous, 13.8 miles, 2,340 ft. elevation gain.
We will be hiking through the San Gorgonio Wilderness starting at the Southfork Trail head (6,880′) and climbing 2,340′ over a 6.9 mile distance before reach Dollar Lake ( 9,220′) where we will eat lunch, take in the beautiful views before returning to our vehicles.  We will meet at the Southfork trailhead parking area located off of Hwy 38 on Jenks Lake Road. Bring ten-essentials, layered clothing, 4 litters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and trekking poles. There is a limit of 12 participants so please call Hiking Leader, Ed Caliendo (909) 878-3813 or email at dogs111@msn.com
 
SAVE THE DATE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

ANNUAL MOUNTAIN TOP HIKING CLUB HIKE AND PICNIC
CHILDRENS FOREST AND EXPLORATION TRAIL IN RUNNING SPRINGS
We will start with 3 levels of hikes and then meet at the Children’s Forest for a Potluck picnic.
The club will provide chicken and drinks, cutlery, plates, etc. but guests should bring a salad or dessert to share and a folding chair.
Please RSVP to Mary at mtntophiking@aol.com  when you know you are coming.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Forest Festival Children’s Forest Visitor’s Center,  Hwy 18, Running Springs

11am to 3pm
Sponsored by the US Forest Service and the Southern California Mountains Foundation celebrating the San Bernardino National Forest. Learn about local non-profit, service agencies, networks, groups, and organization. And all the wonderful things the forest has to offer and how we preserve, protect and enjoy our mountain environment. Arts and crafts, music, and hiking at the nearby Children’s Forest Exploration Trail. Parking at the adjacent Brulte ballfield.
For information call Dave Barrie (909) 337-0313 or barriemail@mac.com
Saturday, June 1, 2013 (rescheduled from May 25)
Deep Creek to Mojave River Forks Dam– Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, strenuous, 16 miles thru hike.
This is Hike #3 of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section C Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments will receive a special recognition patch. Hiker shuttling will be required. After 11 miles of hiking, we will have a significant rest period at Hot Springs where the spring water is warm and the river water is cool. So, bring your bathing suit. Meet Mojave River Forks Reservoir Dam at 7:30 a.m. Bring ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, 3-liters of water, food, sunglasses, hat and trekking poles. An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Call for reservations Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Pacific Crest Trail from Route 18 to the Eye of God – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30 am, 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. We will meet at Von’s parking lot in Big Bear Lake at 8:30 AM. Bring water, snack and hiking boots. For information call Ed Wallace (909) 584 9407 or email ednjeanne@charter.net
Monday, June 3, 2013
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 2-3 hours, covering 4-6 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Pacific Crest Trail from Van Dusen Canyon to Polique – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

9:00am, moderate, 7 miles, 600 ft. elevation gain.
Walk through mostly shaded forest.  Bring sturdy boots, plenty of water, snacks/lunch and clothing appropriate to the weather.  We will meet at Von’s parking lot in Big Bear Lake and carpool to the trailhead.  Adventure passes will be required for driver’s carpooling to the trailhead.  Call Dick Banks for more information at 909-866-9232.
Friday, June 7, 2013
San Bernardino Peak – Sierra Club, Chapter Group

7:00am, very strenuous, 16 miles, 4,700 ft. elevation gain.
Let’s hike to San Bernardino Peak within the San Gorgonio Wilderness.  We will pass by Manzanita Springs junction, Columbine Springs and Limber Springs.  We will 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. Contact Sondra for carpooling and meeting time(s) and place(s).  Bring hiking boots/shoes, layered clothing, hiking poles (recommended, not required), hat, sunglasses, lunch, snacks, 3-4 liters of water, and the 10 essentials.  Hike leader Sondra Morison, skbrian@earthlink.net
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Gray’s Peak – Sierra Club, Mountains
Group
9:00 am, moderate, 6 miles, 1,200 ft; elevation gain.
A moderate enjoyable trail to the summit of Gray’s Peak at 7,952 ft. Good views of Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountains. Bring snacks, lunch, 2 quarts of water, jacket, sun block. Meet at the signed Gray’s Peak trailhead parking lot on the left side of Hwy 38 before you reach Fawnskin. Adventure Pass required for parking. Please call ahead for additional information or if you want to carpool from Running Springs. Hike leader Don Fischer, 909-939-0332.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Sugarloaf Mountains – Sierra Club, Mojave Group

8:00 am, strenuous, 12 miles, 2,400 ft. elevation gain.
Join us for a beautiful hike in the San Bernardino Mtns. southeast of Big Bear Lake.  Bring sturdy boots, 4 quarts of water and snacks/lunch. Contact Terrence McCorkle at 760-252-2194 or 760-412-1683 and oldhikerdude@verizon.net for more info and meeting place.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Little Bear Springs Camp to Deep Creek – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00am, strenuous, 13.5 miles thru hike.
This is Hike #4 of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section C Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments will receive a special recognition patch. This hike is a 13.5 mile through- hike. Meet at Von’s Shopping Center in Big Bear Lake Bring the ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, 3-liters of water, lunch, sunglasses, hat and trekking poles. An Adventure Pass will be required to park at the trailhead. Call for reservations Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813
Sunday, June 9, 2013
2N10 Photo Meander  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
4:00 PM

We will drive along Forest Service Road and capture the outstanding views of the Santa Anna River Drainage and the San Gorgonio Wilderness. A short amount of walking is required. Bring your photo equipment at least 2-quarts of water, appropriate clothing, snacks and sturdy hiking boots.  For information call Ed Wallace (909) 584 9407 or email ednjeanne@charter.net
Monday, June 10, 2013
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 2-3 hours, covering 4-6 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Bluff Mesa Loop – Big Bear area – MTHC

9am, slow, moderate walk, 3-4 miles. The trail winds along a ridge through beautiful rock formations and spectacular views. We will walk cross country a short distance to the Siberia Creek Trail then to the Champion Lodge Pole Pine and Bluff Lake. Carpool from the Lake Arrowhead area at 8am at the top of Kuffel Canyon, then meeting at 9am at the Big Bear Convention Center east parking lot. From there both groups carpool to the trail head. Bring camera, water, snacks, layered clothing and boots. Contact hike leader Barbara (909) 338-1253 or barblev6@gmail.com  or Marilyn (909) 336-3923
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Children’s Forest area, Running Springs

11am to 1pm, Come share a HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY to JIM MANNING
Jim and Jackie will be at Children’s Forest trailhead parking lot from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to share birthday cake. Plan your own hiking thing on the Exploration Trail, the Children’s Forest trail or up to Keller Fire lookout. J & J would love to have many stop by for greetings and refreshments. No gifts, please. For further info call Jackie at (909) 867-4465
Friday, June 14, 2013
Poopout Hill and beyond, Jenks Lake area  – MTHC

8:30 am, moderate, 4.5 miles, 900 ft. elevation gain.
South Fork trail off Jenks Lake Road to Poopout Hill and back. Great views. Turn-around point is the Poopout Hill lookout with a spectacular view of the north slope of San Gorgonio and a Forest Service exhibit of the history of this area. For those wanting a longer hike continue on to Slushy Meadows with Dick, approximately 8 miles round trip. Bring water, snack, hiking boots, sun screen, Adventure Pass, lunch for the longer hike, etc. Register with hike leader Janet at janetinbb@yahoo.com or 909-585-8511 or Dick at rlbancos@yahoo.com or 909-866-9232
by June 12 since a Wilderness Permit is required for the longer hike.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Mt. Sorenson –  Hear and Now Hike  – Sierra Club, Mountains
Group
9:00 am, easy, 1 mile, 300 ft. elevation gain.
While on this light 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. Wildflowers will be in bloom and we will see how the area has recovered from the 2003 fire as we hike to Mt. Sorenson. Wear hat and boots, bring water and snacks. Meet at the Arboretum, east of Sky Forest, on Highway 18. Adventure Pass required for parking. Call leader Bill Engs  909-338-1910 or billengs@yahoo.com, for information.
Saturday, June 15 to Monday June 17, 2013
San Gorgonio Wilderness Backpack – Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter

7:30am, strenuous, approximately 22 miles, ascending 4,500 ft and descending 5,400 ft.
The route for this 3-day, 2-night backpack was selected as it closely simulates backpacking in the Sierras.  We will begin the backpack near Jenks Lake; the second day we will summit Mt. San Gorgonio (11,500 feet); the third day we will end near Forest Falls.  This will be a strenuous and challenging backpack (not for beginners); however, the pace will not be fast.  As we hike along the trails we will be seeing wildflowers, meadows, mountain peaks, streams, lakes, vistas, perhaps wildlife, waterfalls and other inspiring sights.  Fun and educational camp programs in the evenings.  Contact leader(s) for carpooling and meeting time(s) and place(s).  A list of items will be provided to participants.  Leaders:  Sondra Morison (skbrian@earthlink.net) and Roberta Darrow (kitchenchic@mac.com).  Space is limited.  Inclement weather may cancel.
Monday, June 17, 2013
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 2-3 hours, covering 4-6 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Pacific Crest Trail from Onyx Summit to 2N04  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
9:00 am, moderate, 9 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation gain.
Hike through mostly shaded woodland.  Bring sturdy boots, plenty of water, snacks or lunch and clothing appropriate for the weather.  We will meet at Von’s parking lot  in Big Bear Lake and carpool to the trailhead, where Adventure Passes are required for parking.  For those coming from the Redlands or desert areas, you can meet us at Onyx Summit at 9:15 AM.  Call Dick Banks for more information at 909-866-9232
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Towne Trail Loop – Big Bear Lake – MTHC

9 am, easy, 3-4 miles, no elevation gain. We start at Snow Summit ski area to Knickerbocker Road then connect to the Maryland & Jeffries trails and back to the Towne Trail. Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and hiking boots or shoes. Register with hike leader Janet at janetinbb@yahoo.com or (909) 585-8511.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Arrowhead Ridge Walk (formerly Eagle Ridge) Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9am, easy/moderate, about 3 miles, some elevation gain.
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 snack, water, extra clothing Wear boots, sun hats. Meet Eagle Ridge Parking area, Grass Valley Road, across from golf course. Leader Steve Farrell, 661-449-2867; mr_sqf@yahoo.com
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Gold Mountain – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, moderate/strenuous, 8 miles, 1,500 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 at the Von’s Shopping Center, Big Bear Lake at 8:00 a.m. or at the trailhead at 8:30 a.m. We will carpool to trailhead. Adventure Pass will be required for parking at the trailhead. Bring layered clothing, the ten essentials, a minimum of two-liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and good hiking shoes. Call Jim Seifert (760) 694-5370 or send email to ironmany2k@hotmail.com to reserve a spot.
Monday, June 24, 2013
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 2-3 hours, covering 4-6 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Green Valley Trail – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:30am, 5 miles, easy/moderate, 600 ft. elevation.
We will hike behind the Sierra Club Hut up to Little Green Valley at an easy pace. Deer have been spotted in the area so bring a camera. We will meet across the street at the entrance to Snow Valley Ski Resort entrance at 8:30am and we will re park across the street at the trailhead. National Forest Adventure pass is required for the parking at the trailhead. Bring water, snacks/lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and good hiking shoes. Please register with hike leader Ed Caliendo (909) 878-3813 or e-mail  dogs111@msn.com
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Van Dusen Canyon to Little Bear Springs – Sierra Club, Big Bear
Group
8:00 am, moderate, 11 miles thru hike.
This is Hike #5 of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section C Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments will receive a special recognition patch. Meet at the Von’s Shopping Center in Big Bear Lake. Bring the ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, 3-liters of water, food, sunglasses, hat and good hiking shoes. An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Call for reservations Dick Banks, Hiking Leader at (909) 866-9232.
FUTURE  BACKPACKING TRIPS
Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, 2013
NORTH LAKE TO HUMPHREYS BASIN BACKPACK – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

Join Ed and Terrance on this scenic 15 mile round trip backpack up the North Fork of  Bishop  Creek with it picturesque alpine ponds, meadows, lakes and waterfalls. After crossing Piute Pass we will camp in the lake filled Humphrey Basin and spend the next few days day hiking this stunning area of the John Muir Wilderness. 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 in the Golden Trout Lakes. If the group is interested we will attempt to summit Pilot Knob. Space is limited. For more information Call hike leader Ed Wallace at 909 584 9407 or e mail ednjeanne@charter.net or co leader Terrance McCorkle at 760 252 2194 or e mail oldhikerdude@verizon.netSaturday, July 20 to Sunday, July 21, 2013
BEGINNER BACKPACKING  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
This is a backpacking trip for beginners to learn the requirements for over-night wilderness camping. From Onyx Summit near Big Bear Lake, you will backpack 4.0 miles to Dear Springs Trail Camp were the group will camp over-night. Multiple skills will be demonstrated including the use of a compass, loading of a backpack, tent setup, lighting a fire, cooking, and other basic skills. Meet at Onyx Summit at 8:15 a.m. located on Hwy 38. Bring the ten essentials, backpack, tent, sleeping bag, water purification capabilities, layered clothing, sun protection, bear canister, food, and two-liters of water. Call for additional information and reservation contact Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813, email dogs111@msn.com contact, Jim Seifert, Co-Leader at (760) 694-5370
Sunday, August 11 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013
JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS ADVENTURE BACKPACK– 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 include three nights of trail camping, fly fishing, photography, and hiking. You will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery the High Sierra has to offer. We will explore Heart Lake, and Long Lake with an optional day hike up Morgan Pass to Upper Morgan Lake while camping two nights at Chickenfoot Lake. We’ll retrace our steps and then hike along the Mono Pass Trail to beautiful Ruby Lake for the last night. Rated: Easy to moderate in difficulty. Bring ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, insect repellent, tent, bear canister, sleeping bag, food, water purification, and rain gear. An Adventure Pass will be required to park at the trailhead. Space is limited to ten-participants, call for reservations Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813 or dogs111@msn.com Roberta Darrow, Co-Leader at (909) 362-2531

Mtn. Hiking Club May Events

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Friday, May 3, 2013
Lake Arrowhead area – MTHC

10 a.m., easy (almost level),  2mi. We will stroll the old sewage treatment plant road and look for early wildflowers. There are some good views north to the Pinnacles and the desert. Bring water. No Adventure Pass required. Register with Jackie or Jim at (909) 867-4465.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
ROCK CAMP ECOLOGY WALK – Lake Arrowhead area – Sierra Club, Mountains Group
9:00am, easy.    In our local mountains we will learn about forest and stream side ecosystems.  We will be doing a short and casual hike, a little elevation gain, with frequent discussion stops. Interpreter and guide  Dave Ficke, 909-336-4706. Wear boots, sun hats and bring snacks, water, extra clothing. National Forest Adventure Pass required for parking. Meet at the Rock Camp parking area, Highway 173, north of Lake Arrowhead. Hike leader Bill Engs, 909-338-1910.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
SILVERWOOD LAKE TO I-15 CAJON PASS – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:15am, strenuous, 14 miles thru hike.
This is Hike #1 of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section C Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments will receive a special recognition patch. Contact hike leader for meeting place and additional information. National Forest Adventure Pass will be required for parking at the trailhead. Hike Leader Jim Seifert  (760) 694-5370 or email ironmany2k@hotmail.com
Monday, May 6, 2013
Monday Meanders – Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). Weather permitting the group will collectively select an easy to moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
EXPLORATION TRAIL ROUND TRIP  – Running Springs area – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
9:00am, moderate/ difficult, 5-hour, 9-miles, about 1200’ of elevation gain.  We will meet in the Visitor Center parking lot and carpool to the nearby trailhead.  Those coming from the Big Bear Lake area will meet at 8:30 in the east parking lot of the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center for carpool to the Visitor Center.  National Forest Adventure passes are required at the trailhead.  Bring sturdy boots, plenty of water, appropriate clothes and lunch.  Leader  Dick Banks, (909) 866-9232
Saturday – Sunday, May 11 -12, 2013
SOUTHERN SIERRA CAR CAMP/HIKE  – Mojave Group
Come join other hikers for a two day car camp and hike to Owens Peak in the Southern Sierra near Lake Isabella in Kern County. For more info and meeting place and time contact Terrence McCorkle at 760-252-2194 or 760-412-1683 and oldhikerdude@verizon.net
                                                                       Saturday, May 11, 2013
BERTHA PEAK VIA COUGAR CREST TRAIL – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00am, moderate/difficult,  6-7 miles, 1400-foot 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.  Bring at least 2-quarts of water, appropriate clothing, snacks and sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Cougar Crest Trailhead (1/2 mile west of the Discovery center) on highway 38 at 8:00 AM.  Call Ed Wallace for more information and to register at 909 -584- 9407 or email ednjeanne@charter.net
Saturday, May 11, 2013
LAKE GREGORY SPRING BIRD WALK- Sierra Club, Mountains Group
8:00am, easy.  Meet at the North Shore Parking Lot, across from Goodwin’s. See new spring arrivals and year ’round residents as we walk around the lake. Optional breakfast afterward. Leader Bill Engs, 909-338-1910, billengs@yahoo.com
Monday, May 13, 2013
Monday Meanders – Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). Weather permitting the group will collectively select an easy to moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Friday, May 17, 2013
Janet’s Trail / South Fork, Jenks Lake – Hwy. 38 – MTHC

8:30am, easy/moderate, approx. 5 miles, slight elevation gain.
South Fork of the Santa Ana River and Jenks Lake Trail (below Big Bear off Hwy 38). Trail follows one of the most beautiful mountain streams in the area. Bring water, snacks, lunch, hat, sunscreen, layered clothing and hiking boots. We will eat lunch at the picnic area at Jenks Lake. National forest Adventure Pass required for parking. Register with hike leader Janet at janetinbb@yahoo.com or (909) 585-8511
Saturday, May 18, 2013
MT. BADEN POWELL – Wrightwood area – Sierra Club, Mojave Group

8:00am, moderate/strenuous, 8-9 miles, significant elevation gain.
Hike in the beautiful San Gabriel Mtns. near Wrightwood. Bring sturdy boots, 4 quarts of water and lunch/snacks. Contact Terrence McCorkle at 760-252-2194 or 760-412-1683 and oldhikerdude@verizon.net for more info and meeting place.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
SILVERWOOD LAKE TO MOJAVE RIVER DAM – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
8:00am, strenuous, 15 miles thru hike.
This is Hike #2 of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section C Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments will receive a special recognition patch. Meet Silverwood Lake campgrounds are near the Lake entrance. Bring ten essentials, layered clothing, and sun protection, three-liters of water, lunch, sunglasses, hat and good hiking shoes. National Forest Adventure Pass will be required to park at the trailhead. Call for reservations Ed Wallace, Hiking Leader at (909) 584-9407Saturday, May 18, 2013
LITTLE BEAR CREEK HERE AND NOW, Lake Arrowhead area –Sierra Club, Mtns Group

9:00am, moderate, 5 miles, 600 ft. elevation gain.
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 water, snacks and lunch. Call Leader Bill Engs 909-338-1910 , billengs@yahooo.com  for meeting place. National Forest Adventure Pass required.

Monday, May 20, 2013
Monday Meanders – Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). Weather permitting the group will collectively select an easy to moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL LOOP  – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

9:00am, moderate/difficult, 10 miles, 5 hours, 1,000 ft. elevation gain.
We will hike north on the Santa Ana River Trail along a ridge to Heart Bar Road and return via the “Meadow Trail”.  We will meet at Von’s parking lot in Big Bear Lake and carpool to the trailhead.  For those coming from the Redlands area, meet us at 9:40 AM in the South Fork parking lot on Hwy 38 between the Santa Ana and South Fork Rivers.  Drivers must display Adventure Passes.  Bring sturdy boots, plenty of water, appropriate clothing, sun protection and lunch.  Leader Dick Banks, (909) 866-9232
Saturday, May 25, 2013
DEEP CREEK TO MOJAVE RIVER FORKS DAM – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

7:30 am, strenuous, 16 miles thru hike.
This is Hike #3 of the Pacific Crest Trail, Section C Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments will receive a special recognition patch. Hiker shuttling will be required. After 11 miles of hiking, we will have a significant rest period at Hot Springs where the spring water is warm and the river water is cool. So, bring your bathing suit. Meet Mojave River Forks Reservoir Dam at 7:30 a.m. Bring ten essentials, layered clothing, sun protection, 3-liters of water, food, sunglasses, hat and trekking poles. An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Call for reservations Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (909) 878-3813
Saturday, May 25, 2013
FLOWER WALK  – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00am, easy.   Join us to see plants blooming in the mountains. Bring water and snack. Call Barbara Levering, Interpreter and guide,  909-338-1253, for meeting place. Hike leader Bill Engs  909-338-1910.  National Forest Adventure Pass may be required.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Monday Meanders – Big Bear Lake area

9:00 am, Big Bear Convention Center, parking lot at the north end (corner of Big Bear Blvd and Division). Weather permitting the group will collectively select an easy to moderate hike typically lasting 2 hours, covering 4 miles with moderate elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and good hiking boots. National Forest Adventure Pass maybe required. Any questions contact Janet (909) 585-8511, janetinbb@yahoo.com or Dick Banks 909 866-9232, rlbancos@yahoo.com
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Dollar Lake Saddle in the San Gorgonio Wilderness  – Sierra Club, Chapter Group

7:00am, strenuous, 17 miles, 3,100 ft. elevation gain.
Pass by Poop Out Hill, South Fork Meadows, and Dollar Lake.  Spectacular views along the trail and the opportunity to see wildflowers.  Contact Sondra for carpooling and meeting time(s) and place(s).  Bring  hiking boots/shoes, layered clothing, hiking poles (recommended, not required), hat, sunglasses, lunch, snacks, 3-4 liters of water, and the 10 essentials.  Leader Sondra Morison, skbrian@earthlink.net
Thursday, May 30, 2013
STRAWBERRY PEAK MEANDER —   Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00am, easy, 1.5 miles.
Views (a Royal Rendezvous) through the beautiful forest land recently acquired by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust.  For nearly 10 years, this natural area between Highways 189 and 18 below Strawberry Peak was threatened by an ill-conceived proposal for an oversized, environmentally-destructive Adventure Camp development.  However, the Sierra Club and other allied conservation-minded groups and individuals were determined to save the area from development.  Fortunately, their long fight was ultimately successful and provided the SBMLT the opportunity to step in and purchase the land as part of their ongoing commitment to local forest preservation.  Today we will celebrate this success as we explore and learn about this valuable parcel. Bring water and snack. Meet across from Pinecrest Camp on SR 189. Contact leader Steven Farrell,  661-449-2867  or   mr_sqf@yahoo.com
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Forest Festival Children’s Forest Visitor’s Center,  Hwy 18, Running Springs

10am to 3pm
Sponsored by the US Forest Service and the Southern California Mountains Foundation celebrating the San Bernardino National Forest. Learn about local non-profit, service agencies, networks, groups, and organization. And all the wonderful things the forest has to offer and how we preserve, protect and enjoy our mountain environment. Arts and crafts, music, and hiking at the nearby Children’s Forest Exploration Trail. Parking at the adjacent Brulte ballfield.
For information call Dave Barrie (909) 337-0313 or barriemail@mac.com

Interested in the Sierra Club? They’ve Got a Lot Going on in the Mountains!

hiking_BWMembers of the Mountains Group of the Sierra Club will gather for their next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Monthly meetings are held at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church at 28708 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest.

Monday’s meeting will deal with plans for programs as well as the group’s priorities for the coming year. Members and non-members are urged to attend so the group, as a whole, can get ideas from one another and serve the members, the community and the environment. Everyone is welcome.

Please note that bad weather may end up cancelling a meeting. For information log onto: http://www.sangorgoronio.sierraclub.org/mountains/weatherpolicy.htlm. If you log onto the Sierra Club’s San Gorgonio website you can get a complete list of all the upcoming hikes and events and it is quite extensive. I haven’t gone hiking since I was a girl scout about five decades ago but the Sierra Club has wonderful sounding events and many of the hikes are right here in the local mountains. Go online and look up the San Gorgonio chapter…..you’ll be quite astounded and the next time someone tells you to go take a hike…………….you might just do that with the Sierra Club.