Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 7

I-10 to BIG BEAR CITY: This 48.9-mile segment offers plenty of crowdfree miles through twisty canyons, past wind farms and into fragrant fir groves.
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I-10 to BIG BEAR CITY: This 48.9-mile segment offers plenty of crowdfree miles through twisty canyons, past wind farms and into fragrant fir groves.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 78.9

Waypoints

PCT117

Location: 33.9525985717773, -116.665634155273

Camp in wash with view of windmills

PCT118

Location: 33.9773330688477, -116.674964904785

Windmill office, with much-needed water and welcome shade

PCT119

Location: 34.010684967041, -116.671165466309

Whitewater creek: snag some water and go for a swim

PCT120

Location: 34.0149002075195, -116.66919708252

Resume trail tread after crossing Whitewater Creek wash

PCT121

Location: 34.0438652038574, -116.657279968262

First crossing of East Fork of Mission Creek for some shaded relief

PCT122

Location: 34.0778656005859, -116.670364379883

Camp in beautiful Mission Creek Canyon among a stand of cottonwoods

PCT123

Location: 34.1282157897949, -116.70890045166

Creekside find shaded campsites

PCT124

Location: 34.1296348571777, -116.722152709961

Tricky spot: be sure to point due west, not upcanyon going NNW

PCT125

Location: 34.1254997253418, -116.758514404297

Mission Creek Trail Camp; campfire pits, road access, and picnic tables. Fill up here because water is scarce for the next 16 miles.

PCT126

Location: 34.1309814453125, -116.756713867188

Cross dirt road

PCT127

Location: 34.131950378418, -116.750099182129

Cross dirt road

PCT128

Location: 34.1354484558106, -116.74048614502

Stay on PCT @ junction with Heart Bar Trail; if low on water, head .5 miles downhill to usually flowing Heart Bar Creek. Begin sustained ascent through ride of pine and fir, taking in vistas of snowy San Gorgonio Peak.

PCT129

Location: 34.144416809082, -116.726181030273

Resume trail tread at junction with trail down to Coon Creek

PCT130

Location: 34.1484184265137, -116.711647033691

Cross dirt road at Coon Creek

PCT131

Location: 34.1609497070312, -116.712097167969

Small, primitive camping in this area

PCT132

Location: 34.1618003845215, -116.712036132812

Cross dirt road

PCT133

Location: 34.1634483337402, -116.709449768066

Dirt road ends

PCT134

Location: 34.1669006347656, -116.711563110352

Navigational aide

PCT135

Location: 34.1733512878418, -116.712547302246

Four roads and a trail junction, resume PCT trail tread

PCT136

Location: 34.1749992370606, -116.712585449219

Facility containing retired Hollywood stage animals

PCT137

Location: 34.1822662353516, -116.710380554199

Resume PCT trail tread

PCT138

Location: 34.191764831543, -116.71688079834

Cross dirt road

PCT139

Location: 34.2025985717773, -116.717582702637

Cross dirt road

PCT140

Location: 34.2074851989746, -116.730049133301

Cross dirt road

PCT141

Location: 34.2148017883301, -116.740051269531

Arrastre Creek Trail Camp; picnic tables and fire pits

PCT142

Location: 34.2281341552734, -116.75146484375

Go R @ dirt road

PCT143

Location: 34.2312850952148, -116.749786376953

Resume PCT trail tread

PCT144

Location: 34.2438507080078, -116.755798339844

Cross dirt road

PCT145

Location: 34.2907829284668, -116.802597045898

Turnout on CA 18; go L to get to Big Bear;

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Animal sanctuary

Location: 34.1753578186035, -116.710021972656

This facility cares for retired animal actors, like the friendly lion resting in his cage. ©Jack Haskel

Welcome Sign

Location: 34.270938873291, -116.846282958984

Big Bear welcomes PCT thru-hikers. ©Jack Haskel

Ridgeline vistas

Location: 34.1400871276856, -116.729415893555

The spread of the San Bernardino Mountain unfolds near the end of a long climb. ©Jack Haskel