Mtn. Sierra Club Features Film on Sustainability Tonight, June 8

forest.jpgIf you’re interested in attending tonight’s Sierra Club meeting you still have time. This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church at 28708 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest.

The  meeting will feature a documentary entitled “Cowspiracy:  The Sustainability Secret“. This recently-released documentary promises to challenge everyone’s ideas about agriculture, the drought and climate changes.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary that follows intrepid film maker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry that is facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution. t is responsible for more greenhouse gases that the transportation industry and it is the primary driver of rainforest destruction, species erosion, ocean “dead zones” and virtually every other environmental problem. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

If  this interests you (and it should) be sure to attend the meeting. At the very least it should prove to be enlightening.

 

Mountains Group of the Sierra Club News!

Sierra_club_logoAre you a member or interested member in the Mountains Group of the Sierra Club? If so, be sure to attend the upcoming April 13 meeting at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church. The church is located on Hwy. 18 in Skyforest near Kuffel Canyon.

The evening’s program will deal with Forest Restoration projects and Danielle Ortiz of the U.S. Forest Service will present the program. Ortiz wears numerous hats as she working with the Habitat Management Plan program that monitors and restores unauthorized OHV (Off-highway vehicle) damage in sensitive habitats. She also works with invasive species eradication, she leads and organizes projects for the Green Thumbs restoration volunteer program and she works with a variety of restoration work such as greenhouse maintenance and monitoring and maintenance of restoration sites.

As an advocate she has written that the San Bernardino National Forest has been successful at conducting ecological restoration for over a decade. Since the programs started in the early part of 1990, they have restored thousands of acres of disturbed land across the forest with native plants that are grown from their commercial sized greenhouse and nurseries. She also stated that the nurseries are currently growing 50 various species of grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees for restoration of disturbed lands across the forest from a variety of habitats such as desert, chaparral, wetlands and woodlands.

This should be a fascinating presentation so members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this meeting to find out more about how the forest recovers through help from the volunteers who focus on areas of high potential interfaces in the forest to aid in restoring degraded watersheds, enhancing threatened, endangered and sensitive species habitat.

Local Sierra Club members are reminded not to forget to vote in the upcoming Sierra Club Board of Directors election. The deadline is April 29!

 

 

Sierra Club Meetings in Skyforest

eagle_face_treesIf you’re interested in seeing what the mountains chapter of the Sierra Club is up to these days you should attend one of their meetings. The group meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church on Hwy. 18 in Skyforest except for the months of August and December. Skyforest is a small community located near Lake Arrowhead,California.

Visitors and prospective Sierra Club members are always welcome.

 

 

Sierra Club Meeting Features Magnificient Yosemite Film

camera_film-1979pxMembers and guests of the Rim of the World chapter of the Sierra Club will meet on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church for their monthly meeting.
This month’s event will feature a beautiful and fascinating documentary that honored the 150th anniversary of the federal act signed by President Lincoln that would preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia’s.

This film is the brainchild of Ken Burns who directed and narrated this fascinating and beautiful production. Anyone who wants to discover more about the magnificent beauty of the Yosemite area should plan to attend. The film promises to be spectacular as not only is it directed by Ken Burns but several of the people involved in this film worked on other Ken Burns films such as “Lewis and Clark.”
In addition to the film members will discuss updates on local environmental issues.
St. Richard’s Episcopal Church is located at 28708 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest.
Just think of this event as a mini-vacation. If you can’t BE in Yosemite you can at least pretend while you’re watching this beautiful film.

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.

Sierra Club’s Mountain Group Set for their Annual “Children’s Forest” Car Camp

boy in tentDon’t have anything to do this upcoming weekend? Well, the mountains group of the Sierra Club can help out because Aug. 2-4 is their annual “Children’s Forest Car Camp.”

Arrive any time after 2 pm. on Friday, August 2. At  p.m. a potluck will be held so everyone should take their own drinks, a dish to share, firewood and a folding chair to use to sit around the campfire area.

Guests can camp overnight if they want and they can join in for day hikes and other optional activities and then go home.

Children’s Forest is located at the “top” of the pavement at Keller Peak between the communities of Arrowbear Lake and Running Springs. (Keller Peak Road is next to the U.S. Forest Service station on Hwy. 18).

For information or to RSVP call leader, Heather Sargeant at (909) 336-2836.

Each year this is a wonderful outdoor event for hikers and campers alike so plan to attend and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the friendship and camaraderie of those who attend!

Don’t forget the S’mores!

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