Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hike Big Bear's Pacific Crest Trail

Here is a great chance to see a section of the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail.

The PCT as it's called by enthusiasts is a 2, 650mile trail stretching from Mexico through three western states all the way to Canada!

On this hike, led by a naturalist from the valley, you will learn about the natural history of the area.

The hike is suitable for beginning hikers all the way to experts. So bring the whole family. Starting at 9 and continuing through 2pm, there is a gourmet lunch included and they’ll even get you there.

Just show up to the Discovery Center about 8:45 and you will be on your way to the natural beauty of the PCT that has been enjoyed by many!

The hike is limited to only 12 people and costs $30 for each person ages 10 and up. Reservations are required just call (909) 382-2790 or (909) 866-3437 for reservations.

Thousands of hikers and equestrians take on this quest each year. Some will only travel a few miles, while others complete the entire 2,650 miles in just one season!

The route was first explored in the late 1930s by teams of young men from the YMCA. Once proven usable, trail pioneers Clinton Clarke and Warren Rogers asked the federal government to secure a border-to-border trail passage.

They were unable to get the entire trail linked and had to settle for several disconnected trails along the crest of each state.

Mostly through the efforts of hikers and equestrians, the PCT was eventually designated one of the first scenic trails in the National Trails System authorized by Congress in 1968, and was dedicated in 1993.

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