Big Bear Group of Sierra Club to Tackle Bertha Peak

hiking_BWAre you one of those hikers that can’t wait to earn your “Big Bear Five Peaks Patch?” If so, you can participate in the Bertha Peak hike on Saturday, October 19. The hike is rated “moderate” with an approximate 1,400 foot elevation gain. The seven and one-half mile hike will be challenging and those members who are striving to get their “Peaks of Big Bear” patch can add this hike to their repertoire. The patch is earned by hiking all five peaks that overlook Big Bear Valley and those who achieve this goal will earn a patch and, no doubt, some justifiable  bragging rights.

On October 19 hikers should meet at the Cougar Crest trailhead at 8:30 a.m. The trailhead is located 100 yards west of the Big Bear Discovery Center. A Forest Service Adventure Pass is required to park so be sure to take some money so you can purchase the pass.

All hikers should take two liters of water, a snack and/or lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and wear good hiking shoes.

For information or to register contact hike leader, Ed Caliendo at (909) 878-3813 or send an e-mail to dogs111@msn.com.

Love Hiking? Join this Group for June Hikes!

 
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

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.

 

Running Springs Chamber Hosts Mixer on Feb. 11

Some of the artisans at Artists Etc. stool still (or sat still) long enough for a photo last July when the gallery opened..
Some of the artisans at Artists Etc. stool still (or sat still) long enough for a photo last July when the gallery opened..

The place to be on Monday, February 11 is at Artisans Etc. from 5 to 7 p.m. when the fabulous art and craft gallery hosts a mixer. Open to the public and certainly all chamber members the mixer will be held at the 31976 Hilltop Blvd. Everyone is welcome so come on over because “the whole world is welcome.”

Come and meet new friends and business people and enjoy food while you’re at it. Artisans Etc. is one of the newest businesses in “downtown” Running Springs and it is filled with artwork of many mediums, by local artists and artisans. It is amazing to see how many artists of various mediums are part of this gallery and it’s fascinating to see all the different mediums that are represented.

Be sure to find out what the chamber of commerce has planned for the new year and how you can participate.

 

 

Wanna’ take a hike? You’re Not Alone! Mtn. Hiking Club and Sierra Club Want You!

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FEBRUARY 2013 HIKING SCHEDULE
Monday, February 4, 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
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Pacific Crest Trail, Silverwood Lake  – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, moderate, 8 miles,500 ft. elevation gain.
From the Silverwood Park office to Cedar Spring Dam and return. There are beautiful views of the lake from the trail, and possible distant sightings of snow-capped peaks. Bring hiking boots, jacket, lunch and 2 bottles of water. Call hike leader  Heather Sargeant  909-336-2836 for meeting place details.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Arrastre Canyon – Sierra Club, Mojave Group
9:00 am, moderate, 5-6 miles.
The lovely hike to a small oak glen in Arrastre Canyon is about 5-6 miles round trip. The hike includes visiting unique plant assemblages, a small stand of oaks, impressive clusters of huge boulders, a water cave and lovely views of the Victor Valley. Wear sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing, sunscreen and hat. Bring at least 2-3 quarts of water, lunch/snacks and a hiking stick. Don’t forget the camera and binoculars! High clearance vehicle is recommended. Meet at the Victor Valley Museum on Apple Valley Road at 9am . For more information and to sign up, contact JennyWilder JensOasis@aol.com — 760 220 0730
Saturday, February 9, 2013
City Creek Peak– near Highland – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

9:00 am, moderate/strenuous, 10 miles, 1,200 feet elevation gain.
Get some heart pumping, aerobic exercise and climb this local Highland area peak for great views of the Inland Empire. Meet a few miles north of the City of Highland on Hwy 330 at the City Creek Ranger Station. Bring the 10 essentials, 2 liters of water and lunch, sturdy boots, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, layered clothing and Adventure Pass for parking. Reservations call Roberta Darrow (909) 362-2531 (no later than 8:30 p.m.) or email at kitchenchic@mac.com or contact Co-Leader Ed Caliendo at (760) 328-1090 or email at dogs111@msn.com
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Pineknot- Cabin 89 Loop Snowshoe/Hike – Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

9:00 am, moderate, 4 miles.
This will be a moderate four mile loop above the Aspen Glen picnic area in Big Bear Lake. This will be a snowshoe if the weather cooperates or a hike if it doesn’t. We will meet at Von’s in Big Bear Lake at 9:00 am for carpooling to the trailhead which has limited parking. Please call the leader Ed Wallace at 909 584 9407 or e mail at ednjeanne@charter.net for conditionsMonday, February 11, 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, February 15, 2013
Green Valley Lake Snowshoe – Sierra Club, Mountains Group

9:00 am, easy/moderate.
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 at the main parking area in Green Valley Lake at 9 am.  Wear layered clothing, hat and gloves. Bring hiking poles, boots, snowshoes and a snack and water. Contact hike leader Sandy Ellis 909-867-7115 fsellis67@gmail.com or co-leader, Heather Sargent 909-336-2838.
Please CALL to check on weather conditions. If no snow, we will hike.Saturday, February 16, 2013
Chihuahua Valley Road to Tule Canyon Truck Trail – Sierra Club, Big Bear

7:00 am, moderate, 10.3 miles, moderate elevation gain.
This is a continuation of the Section B, Pacific Crest Trail Winter Recognition Program. Those hikers completing all nine segments of Section B will receive a special Recognition Award. This Segment No. 3 of the PCT is a total of 10.3 miles and we will cross-over from San Diego County to Riverside County. The PCT continues north along the east slope of Bucksnort Mountain (Chihuahua Valley Road to Tule Canyon Truck Trail). From the junction of Hwy 74/371 drive south on Hwy 371, 4.3 miles to Kirby Road. We will meet at Kirby Road junction. From there we will caravan to the trailhead. Bring the ten-essential, 3-liters of water, lunch and trail snacks, and sun-protection. Call for reservations, Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (760) 328-1090 or dogs111@msn.com

Saturday, February 16, 2013
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. See wintering birds as we walk around the lake. Optional breakfast after. Hike leader Bill Engs, (engs@juno.com or 909-338-1910)
Friday, February 22, 2013
Pilot Rock – Lake Arrowhead area – MTHC

9am, moderate amble, 5 miles
We will walk along 2N33 to Pilot Rock passing though a nice valley south of Mount Marie Louise. This will be a slow paced hike so bring your camera. Bring water, lunch and layered clothing. Contact hike leaders Barbara (909) 338-1253 or Marilyn (909) 336-3923 or e-mail barblev6@gmail.com
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Philip Ferranti Orocopia Loop Adventure– Sierra Club, Big Bear Group

8:00 am, moderate, 8 plus miles, moderate elevation gain.
Philip Ferranti is a hiking adventurer, writer, and author of 140 Great Hikes in and near Palm Springs. He has volunteered to guide us through his favorite designation, the Orocopia Mountain Wilderness. Philip says, “The Orocopia Loop is Moab Utah like, an exotic geology.” We shall all meet at the base of the Truck Stop sign at the off-ramp parking lot of Casino 29 at Dillon Road on the I-10 freeway in Indio. Bring the ten-essentials, 3-liters of water, lunch, and sun-protection. Four-wheel vehicles needed to transport hikers. Call for reservations Ed Caliendo, Hiking Leader at (760) 328-1090 or dogs111@msn.com
Monday, February 25, 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

Relentless Rain Brings Sudden Stop to GVL Car Show

“The Line Up.” Aren’t they magnificent and colorful? It really was a beautiful sight!

The morning and early afternoon started off beautifully in Green Valley Lake on Sept. 9. The 4th Annual Car Show was a huge success and car enthusiasts, and their vehicles, kept showing up. I think there were more cars than ever and the show was a huge success. Vendor booths lined the fence by the lake and the beach area. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful!
However, huge clouds moved closer and it began to thunder with the loudest thunder a lot of people said they had ever heard. Lightning, of course, followed that and that was followed by torrential rain. Most people took the rain in stride at first but it went on and on and on. Classic car owners ran to try to get tarps on their vehicles (mostly to no avail) and the people manning vendor booths tried valiantly to get their items covered. But the torrential rain just continued………….and continued……………and continued. Many of the vendor booths were flooded with rainwater that was pouring down the street and/or rain that was blowing onto merchandise.

I have to say the car show was a huge success, with many brightly colored vehicles proudly displayed by their owners. It was such a shame that the rain came down in sheets (literally) and kept on for so long because a lot of the vehicle owners left. However, it’s good that if it had to happen that it was well into the hours for the car show.

My kudos are sent to Roger Hulett who put so much work into making the car show such a success…until the rain came down but he didn’t have anything to do with that!

I’m giving Roger an A+ for a great job well done. I’m giving the site an A+ for its picturesque beauty. I”m giving all the fabulous, colorful cars an A+. I’m giving their owners an A++. I’m giving the “rain gods” an F.

Overall, huge success! Next year, rain of any type will be strictly prohibited!