Monday, May 23, 2011

We've Moved the Web Site!

We moved the Seven Summits web site to a new platform (thanks Wordpress!) that is easier to update and more robust with features. If you're here, forgive the confusion, and go to the current Seven Summits site at WWW.SEVENSUMMITSOFBIGBEAR.ORG!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2011 Seven Summits of Big Bear

The snow is melting and the trails are clearing, so dig out those hiking shoes, trekking poles and sunscreen because the 2011 hiking season is here!

We changed it up a bit this season, replacing Sugarlump/Bear Peak with Butler Peak. We have been wanted to add Butler Peak for the last few years, but due to the fire restrictions it hasn't been possible. So this year we will add it the schedule and if you haven't been up there yet, then be sure not to miss it, the views from up there are awesome!

We'll get the new punchcard and directions for Butler Peak up in the next few weeks. Check this website and/or the Active Big Bear facebook page for updates and information.

So mark your calenders, here is the 2011 schedule!

#1 Grays Peak- Saturday, May 28th at 8am
#2 Bertha Peak- Saturday, June 11th at 8am
#3 Gold Mtn- Saturday, July 2nd at 8am
#4 Delamar Mtn- Saturday, July 23rd at 8am
#5 Butler Peak- Saturday, August 13th at 8am
#6 Sugarloaf Mtn- Saturday, Sept 3rd at 7am
#7 San Gorgonio Mtn- Saturday, Sept 17th (TBD)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's HIKING SEASON! --- 2010 Seven Summits

Welcome back to the 2010 hiking season. This web site and hike series is all about hiking for a purpose - to summit the seven highest peaks in and around the Big Bear Valley.

Hikes start with the easier peaks and progress toward the big kahuna, San Gorgonio. This year we'll keep the same peaks as in 2009. Mark your calendars:
  1. Bertha Peak - 5/29 - 8:00am
  2. Grey's Peak - 6/5 - 8:00am
  3. Gold Mountain - 6/19 - 8:00am
  4. Delamar Mountain - 7/10 - 8:00am
  5. Sugarlump / Bear Peak - 7/24 - 8:00am
  6. Sugarloaf Mountain - 8/7 - 7:00am
  7. San Gorgonio Mountain - 8/28 - TBA
Group hikes are a great chance to get out there with some experienced hikers, meet hiking buddies, and generally enjoy the energy of the group effort to get to each summit. Of course, you can also do each hike on your own.


Good fitness: These are tough hills, but doable. Some preparatory hiking will go a long way towards having a fun trip and completing all seven summits.

Proper equipment: Hiking shoes, food, water, emergency gear, and even maps / directions.

Wayfinding: Have the directions, a map (especially if you don't know the area), and how to use it.

General Precaution: You need to be self sufficient. We've had some issues in the past two years with people expecting us to completely hold their hands up the trail and back. Because of the popularity of these group hikes, different hiking abilities, and this not being a paid or professional hiking club, we're simply not able to provide this level of service. You may be separated from the group, and we want you to be prepared to have a good time out there whatever happens.

After you hike any trail, you can come back to the site and post updates about the trail conditions for the other hikers by clicking the "Post a Comment" button on any of the directions pages.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

2009 Seven Summits of Big Bear comes to a close!

The 2009 Seven Summits of Big Bear had its final group hike of the season on Sept 19th, finishing off with the “biggie” San Gorgonio. This year the Seven Summits coordinators Heather and Ted Devito of Mountain Fitness Center decided to make this final hike an overnight experience for the group. Even though summiting San Gorgonio is something that you can do in one day, the group was able to experience reaching the summit and then getting to spend a night above 10,000 feet.

On Saturday morning fifteen hikers and one canine loaded up their packs with everything they would need for the overnight trip into the wilderness. The hike started at the Jenks Lake trailhead at 6880 feet. Hike leaders were Ted and Heather, as well as, Equada Outfitters owner and guide Pete Fulkerson. The group climbed about 8 miles via the Dollar Lake route up to what would be the “base camp” at Red Rock Flat at 10,100 feet, where the overnight packs were dropped and smaller day packs were used for the final 5 mile push to the summit of San Gorgonio at 11,499 feet. The group made good time to the summit, mostly motivated by a setting sun and rumors of an amazing dinner to be had back at camp. Everyone who set out, made the summit and were rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views. Once back at base camp the group was treated to an incredible Pad Thai dinner made by Peter on just 2 small backpacking stoves. A truly incredible meal that was dubbed “10,000 foot Thai!” As the chilly evening set in, the group settled into their sleeping bags for a night under the stars. The next morning, an amazing sunrise and a breakfast of coffee and pancakes were the first order of business, followed by some relaxing, reading, packing and even a game of Frisbee golf. The hike down the mountain was definitely easier, faster and lighter. Congratulations, goodbyes and exchanges of contact info was made between new friends once back in the parking lot before the drive home.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2009 Seven Summits of Big Bear and a big congratulations to everyone who did all Seven Summits!

The punches will remain up on all but San Gorgonio for about 4-6 more weeks. It will be posted on the Seven Summits website when the punches are removed for the winter.

Check back here for more information!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sugarloaf photos

A light drizzle and cloudy skies hushed the town yesterday as we drove out to the trailhead of legendary Sugarloaf Mountain. The weather was a refreshing change, but suspense of the looming hike kept everyone quiet and observant, with almost a nervous energy in the air.

Chief the dog was the first to loosen up and enjoy the trail as he splashed through the trickling streams of the hike's first mile. Soon we were all loving it as the skies gave us a dramatic show - going from clouds to clear to fog again near the top. Views to the south were obscured but we could see far into the deserts to the north. Water-soaked trees and foliage were intensly colorful; the earth was full of life!

To those that did not make this hike, don't worry too much. The cool temps should keep moisture in the ground for some time. There's a ton to see from the ridges and switchbacks near the summit. Get out there and have a good time!

Building cairns at the first intersection.

A small loyal group at the summit!