Tag: Pacific Crest Trail

Delamar Fire at 50% Containment

UPDATE 10/5 – As of 10:00 am this morning, containment is at 95% with full containment expected this evening. UPDATE 10/4 – As of 6:30 pm Monday evening, the Delamar fire was at 87% containment.  Big Bear, CA, October 3, 2016 – Firefighters are working a wildland fire on Delamar Mountain north of Big Bear Lake and the community of Fawnskin. The fire is visible from the Big Bear Valley. The fire is currently estimated at 15 acres, and is 50% contained. USDA Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire and CALFIRE – San Bernardino Unit have firefighters and equipment on-scene. Forest...

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Update on the Pilot Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 8, 2016 – The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday, August 7, near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. The Forest Service is in Unified Command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol. This morning, the Forest Service used infrared mapping on the fire and updated the acreage to 4,500 acres with 5%containment. Highway 173 is closed between State Route 138 and Arrowhead Lake Road. Hwy 138 is now open between I-15 and Crestline/Hwy 18. Forest roads 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36, and 2N37 are closed. Miller Canyon OHV Area...

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Pacific Crest Trail & Santa Ana River Trail Re-Open within the Lake Fire Closure

Big Bear, CA, July 23rd, 2016 – Forest Service officials have re-opened a portion of the San Bernardino National Forest closed in 2015 as a result of the 31,359 acre Lake Fire.  The areas reopened includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Santa Ana River Trail and the East Flats near Barton Flats. Trail crews rehabilitated the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail within the burned area, for foot traffic with the following conditions:   Hikers must possess a Pacific Crest Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit. Equestrian use is not recommend. Hikers must stay on the Pacific Crest Trail within the...

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Warrior Hike Comes to Big Bear

Big Bear, CA, May 2, 2015 – In 2012, two veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Their mission: to raise money by holding fundraisers and collecting donations at VFW Posts in trail towns along the way. By the time their hike ended in Maine, they had stopped at nearly 40 Posts and raised $48,500 which was all donated toward adaptive vehicles for amputee vets. Astounded by the therapeutic results they experienced, they came to believe the hike could offer veterans diagnosed with PTSD the same benefit and so they created the Warrior Hike Program to literally ‘walk off the war’. In 2013, Warrior Hike sponsored 14 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who hiked the trail. Sean Gobin, who runs the program stated, “The process of hiking eight hours a day for six months forces you to think and reflect. The hikers watched each other process their own experiences and helped each other along the way. They witnessed a change in themselves and each other.” Last spring 4 hikers took on the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail which included a stop in Big Bear. This year 6 Warriors will be making the hike from Mexico to Canada. Every VFW Post they visit offers immense support, providing the veterans much needed rest as well as home cooked meals and clean sheets. But more...

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Distance Hikers Find Mountain Pit Stop

Big Bear City, CA, February 23, 2014 – The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile hiking trail stretching from the Mexican border to Canada that passes through Big Bear Valley. The trail officially begins in Campo, California, and this year’s annual kickoff party will be held April 25-26th. The average hiker will take 10 days to make the 180-mile journey to Baldwin Lake, where the trail crosses Highway 18. A PCT “Thru-hiker” is someone trying to do the whole route. They carry everything they need to camp and eat for a week or two at a time, then make pit stops along the way to pick up resupply boxes they’ve arranged in advance to have mailed to themselves. Ron Ward, the Postmaster at the Big Bear City Post Office, estimates his staff handles at least 200 PCT packages a year, the majority in the spring. On his daily commute, Ward passes Baldwin Lake, so he’ll give hikers rides into town and back to the trail. Fire Station 282 (301 W. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City) lets PCT hikers shower and store some of their gear. For those wanting a break from the trail, two local mainstays are the Stanik’s Nature’s Inn on Greenway Drive, and Big Bear Hostel on Knickerbocker Road–both of which accommodate 300 or more hikers a year. Hostel Manager Richard Foley–a sectional hiker himself whose...

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