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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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Sierra Club Leads Hikers to Recognition on the PCT

Big Bear City, CA, January 8, 2014 – The Sierra Club Big Bear Group leads group hikes every year on local trails. In 2014, it’s participating in the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section B Award Program, in which each hiker who completes all 101.4 miles receives a recognition patch and attends the annual awards party. This section of the PCT is divided into 8 day-hikes, starting this Saturday in San Diego County. From Warner Springs, Section B heads north to the I-10 Freeway near Palm Springs. The trails passes through the Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Jacinto Mountain Wilderness, and the San Bernardino National Forest, and includes elevation gains of nearly 17,000 feet. The following is a tentative schedule for completing Section B, of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014: Jan 11, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 1: Hwy 79 southwest of Warner Springs to Indian Flats CG Road 9S05, 9.2 mile hike Jan 25, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 2: Indian Flats CG Road 9S05 to Chihuahua Valley Road, 9.3 miles Feb 8, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 3: Chihuahua Valley Road to Tule Canyon Truck Trail, 10.3 miles Feb 22, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 4: Tule Canyon Truck Road to Highway 74, 15.7 miles Sep 27, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 7: Devils Slide TH to Fuller Ridge TH, 14.5 miles Oct 11, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 8: Fuller Ridge TH to I-10 FWY, 19.8...

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