HIKING AND EXPLORING
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August 29th, 2009 – by: mellemel8
YAY WE ARE IN BIG BEAR!!!!!!!
We all woke up at 7ishâ€¦.well Wendy did HAHAHAHAHA. RJ and i woke up about 9ish. I heard Tanner, Wendyâ€™s dog attacked RJ with licks HAHAHHAHA. Wendy's dogs are so cute. They are so funny. Wendy is soooooo bad she made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I made oatmeal and green tea.
We had a light hike near the lake called the Woodland Trail. There was 16 points of interests on the trail. It was a relaxing hike. We took photos and it was a clear day. The skies are blue. Even though the fires were in the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains, the scenery was breath taking.
We hiked about 5 miles total.
After the hike, we drove to Big Bear Discovery Center. We saw wild burros; one of them was HANGING OUTâ€¦.HAHAHHAHA. A local had a 100% wolf as well. We can tell the wolf; Anubis was not in the mood to see people. I pet it and took photos with it. RJ and I were fooling around with big horn sheep horns and bear heads. That was fun.
Shortly thereafter, Wendyâ€™s drove us around the lake and to Big Bear Village for lunch and ice cream. Wendyâ€™s friend owns a candy/ice cream shop. I have not been to the village since I was 11.
It was about 5pm, we drove to the market to BBQ dinner. Wendy seems excited to cook for RJ and me. We picked up 2 huge porterhouse steaks. That was enough for the 3 of us. there was already corn on the cob at home. HMMMMMMM I AM HUNGRY AS I AM TYPING THISâ€¦â€¦.we ate outside on the patio and it was a wonderful night.
After dinner, we hung out on the couch and watched FOOD NETWORK â€śLAST CAKE STANDINGâ€ť until we drove to the bar to watch Wendy friendâ€™s band perform at the local bar. OMG it was so funny we were into it. Wendy had to drag RJ and I away from the TV. HAHAHHAHA
We hung out at the bar, BACKYARD BOATHOUSE. RJ drove Wendyâ€™s truck. She planned to get buzzed.
WOW we did plenty of things but did not feel rushed. That was a relaxing weekend. We all crashed when we got home. OK OK OK I lied we saw the last hour of the â€śLAST CAKE STANDINGâ€ť. I ended up passing out before the winner. Oh well, I had a good weekend and MY ICE CREAMâ€¦.
History of Big Bear Valley, California
Big Bear Lake was inhabited by the indigenous Serrano Indians for over 2,000 years before it was explored by Benjamin Wilson and his party. Once populated by only the natives and the grizzly bears, from which the area received its name, Big Bear Valley grew rapidly during the Southern California Gold Rush from 1861 to 1912. Grizzly bears were not found in the region after 1906.
A trip to Big Bear Lake from San Bernardino took two days on horse-drawn coaches. Kirk Phillips was a local who took a trip to New York City and saw the world's first bus line.
Many people traveled to enjoy recreation on the lake, however, another major draw was the natural hot spring. Emile Jesserun bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land that included the hot spring and built the first major resort in Big Bear, the Pan Hot Springs Hotel, in 1921. This resort was followed with others that strived to be the best by creating a country club atmosphere complete with the amenities required to lure the Hollywood celebrities of the time including Cecil B. DeMille, Shirley Temple, and Ginger Rogers. It was also a popular place for shooting on location, as they did for the filming of the 1920 version of Last of the Mohicans.
Part of the 1969 musical film Paint Your Wagon was shot here.
Winter activities are also popular in Big Bear. The first ski jump in Big Bear was erected in 1929 and quickly claimed a world ski jump record. More jumps were built in Big Bear Lake and the Viking Ski Club of Los Angeles began to use them for competition and events. The move to a winter resort town was solidified in 1952 when Tommy Tyndall opened a resort in Big Bear Lake now known as Snow Summit.
Big Bear Lake was incorporated as a city on November 28, 1980.
Since 1970 Big Bear Lake has held its annual Oktoberfest. From stein-carrying contests to great German food, this event is fun for locals and visitors alike. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest also sports the highest Biergarten in the U.S. (in elevation).
The National Forest surrounding the Big Bear Valley offers hundreds of miles of some of the most beautiful and serene hiking and mountain-biking trails in all of Southern California. Trail types range from easy family day hikes to extended and more challenging backpacking expeditions. Some trails offer both.
Big Bear Valley is also home to 39 of the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail that takes backpackers from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada, while our local sections of it also make for ideal day hikes.
NOTE: If you plan to park your vehicle in the forest or at many of the trailheads, you will need to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it in your vehicle when parked. You can buy the pass at the Discovery Center, other Forest Service offices, or at many businesses throughout the Big Bear Valley.
THE ALPINE PEDAL PATH
3.5 miles long; very easy.
The Alpine Pedal Path is an asphalt path that wanders along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. It is easily accessible for hikers, skaters, joggers and even strollers and wheelchairs. It starts at Stanfield Cutoff and ends at the Discovery Center.
CHAMPION LODGEPOLE PINE TRAIL
.6-mile round trip; easy.
The Lodgepole Pine Trail is on the south side of the lake and is a gentle walk down a path along a stream, ending up at the Champion Lodgepole Pine, one of the largest known Lodgepoles in California.
THE WOODLAND TRAIL
1.5-mile loop; easy.
This is a unique nature trail with 20 posted stops. Pick up a pamphlet at the entrance and take the self-guided tour where you will learn about botany, geology and the wildlife of this dry woodland area. You can leave your car in the parking lot if you exhibit an Adventure Pass.
THE GRANDVIEW LOOP BIKE TRAIL
9 miles; low intermediate.
A very popular novice ride that starts by taking the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair. This ride has a 3-mile "roller coaster" ride to Grandview Point Junction. There you have the option to ride 2.5 miles to Grandview Point where the view is beautiful and well worth the extra time. You eventually end up back at Snow Summit.
GROUT BAY BIKE TRAIL
13 miles; intermediate.
This trail starts with a short paved climb from the Fawnskin fire station up to 3N14. Continue 2.5 miles to Hanna Flat campground. From there, Grout Bay Trail starts at the back of the campsite and starts climbing. The trail climbs
and descends and you will end your ride back in Fawnskin.
JOHN BULL LOOP BIKE TRAIL
14.9 miles; intermediate.
Start at the base of Van Dusen Canyon (3N09). It's a nice 3.4-mile warm-up climb to Holcomb Valley, flattening out after a while, but then becoming steep, rutted and sandy. Following this loop will return you to your car.
COUGAR CREST TRAIL
4-5.5 miles; moderate to difficult.
The Cougar Crest Trail starts .
For much more information on the above-mentioned trails and those listed in the matrix below, and for a huge selection of maps and hiking guides, visit the Big Bear Discovery Center. The information specialists will be glad to give you expert advice and assistance. Enjoy the mountains and the Forest and please leave the trails in better shape than you found them. The San Bernardino National Forest has the highest concentration of endangered plant species in the United States; therefore, please keep your dog on a six-foot leash and keep yourself on the paths.
â€˘ Before starting even on a casual hike, take an inventory of your equipment. Have the proper footwear. Blisters and sore legs will greatly distract from your adventure in the great outdoors.
â€˘ The Big Bear Valley is in many places high desert, so take plenty of fluids since there is very little access to drinking water on these trails. The only water that is safe to drink at recreation sites is from developed systems. Open water is too easily contaminated to be considered potable. Water from springs. Lakes, ponds and streams should be treated prior to drinking. Even clear water should be boiled at least 15 minutes before drinking.
â€˘ At this altitude the air has very little ozone to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun, therefore, a hat is imperative. And, if you are fair-skinned, sun-block is also important.
â€˘ Many experienced trekkers carry a small survival kit with them. This often contains a windbreaker, a small first aid kit, a metal mirror, a police whistle, matches, a pocket flashlight, some high-enery snacks and a sheet of plastic or a thermal blanket in case the weather changes or they are forced to spend the night in the woods.
â€˘ Always let someone you trust know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Also, it is never wise to hike alone. Find out when the sun sets and allow yourself plenty of time to get back before dark.
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