Tag: Hiking

The Highest Peak in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, August 9, 2014 – Just a few miles south of the Big Bear Valley is the highest peak in Southern California. San Gorgonio Mountain, or as it’s known locally, Mount San Gorgonio, was named by Spanish Missionaries in the early 17th century after Saint Gorgonius, a Christian martyr who died in 304 AD. At 11,503 feet, it can clearly be seen from the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, which is 190 miles away. Mount San Gorgonio is a large, broad mountain that from a distance only appears to be an extremely high hill, earning it the nickname Old Greyback. Hiking to the summit is very popular and is technically an easy class 1 hike, however most routes are quite strenuous and require well over 4000 feet of elevation gain. Unfortunately, the mountain has claimed a number of lives due to airplane crashes. In 1953, thirteen people died when a C-47 from an Air Force Base in Nebraska struck the mountain at the 11,000 foot level at night in the middle of a storm. A month later, the Marine Corps helicopter that was recovering the victims of the earlier accident also crashed, but the three crewman onboard survived the impact. The wreckage of both aircraft still remain on the mountain. In more recent years, the mountain claimed the lives of...

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Hiker Dies After Fall On Castle Rock Trail

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 6, 2012, noon – A man hiking near Boulder Bay died Thursday after falling and hitting his head. According to Tiffany Swantek at the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, just before noon on Thursday, July 5 a 57-year-old white male hiker from Shadow Hills, California was with a group of people, and fell on Castle Rock Trail. The victim hit his head on a rock. Paramedics responded to the location, about ½ of a mile up the trail and began administering CPR, but they were unable to save the hiker, who was pronounced dead at 12:38pm. A Forestry Crew with equipment extracted the body from the scene of the accident and the Coroner was notified. The name of the man has not yet been released. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31586.mp3|titles=Hiker Dies After Fall – Mike Evans...

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Forest Service Increases Number of “Fee Free” Days To Eight This Year!

Big Bear, Ca, January 11, 2012, 4:00pm – The U.S. Forest Service announced this week that eight dates have been chosen to be fee free days for the national forests nationwide.  Usually in years past there have been two or three fee free days, where adventure seekers don’t need to purchase an adventure pass for their car to park on National Forest Land, and this year the Forest Service has increased the number to eight days.   “We encourage the public to get outdoors in America’s vast and dynamic playground,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that visiting your beautiful national forests and grasslands will help people gain a deep appreciation for natural resources, and create lifelong memories.”  This Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend will be filled with fee free days, with Saturday through Monday, requiring no adventure pass.  Later on in the year, June 9th, Get Outdoors Day, September 29th, National Public Lands Day, and November 10th through 12th Veterans Day Weekend will also be fee free days.  The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future...

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