Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail Through Big Bear

Bobby Dyer

Hiking The PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has been enjoying a string of record years for thru hiker permits. The numbers aren’t concrete, but hiking enthusiasts digging into them estimate 4,000 permits were issued in both 2018 and 2019.  Of those 4,000+ annual permits, 1,177 are said to have finished the entire trail in 2018 and 909 in 2019. The movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon created massive interest in the trail.

While many are enticed by the journey, few make the entire route.

So if you are dedicated to completing the entire 2,650-mile trail, we salute you! This epic journey may not be easy, but it’s one of the most memorable and impressive treks in the United States.


Big Bear Lake: Mile 266

Just south of the PCT trail in the San Bernardino National Forest, sits Big Bear Lake. Many PCT hikers pause for a few nights in Big Bear Village before continuing on their incredible trek. In the village they can pick up bounce/supply boxes, enjoy an evening on a real bed, and soak in a hot shower.

We would like to invite you to consider ITH BIG BEAR HOSTEL for your PTC accommodation of choice.

Shipping Supplies To Big Bear

We gladly hold your supply / bounce boxes, making Big Bear the perfect recovery stop. Here are the two shipping options:

USPS (in the village)
PO Box 4141
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

FedEx or UPS (directly to the Hostel)
ITH Big Bear Hostel
657 Modoc Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Additionally, we also offer PCT hikers a 25% discount on private rooms and a $25 flat fee for dorm style rooms.

Pacific Crest Trail Hike To Big Bear

Coming from the North

Man, what an accomplishment! You’re one of the rare hikers who start near Canada. By the time you reach our humble location, you have over 2,300 miles under your belt. The finish line is just in the distance.

Even though the end is near, take time to relish the myriad of oranges and reds spreading through the trees in Big Bear. Fall is one of our favorite seasons on the mountain. The lake is a perfect temperature for swimming and boating. We still enjoy the fleeting days of summer without enduring the heat.

Before moving on, we recommend paying close attention the temperatures in the desert. Late August and September have been known to bring heat waves throughout the area. If that’s the case, we invite you to spend a few extra days enjoying the Big Bear ambiance.

Pacific Crest Trail To Big Bear

Coming from the South

Welcome to mile marker 263. After making it through the desert, soak in that cool crisp mountain air. May temperatures range from the mid-fifties to the mid-sixties. The greenery and flora will be starting to flower after the mild Big Bear winter. Our lake will be very cool and crisp, which will make for refreshing river water as you head up the mountain.

Take advantage of a hot shower and home cooked meal while you can. It’s going to be a phenomenal journey, but those niceties will be few and far between moving forward.


Mountain Hostel Perks

Our philosophy at ITH centers on being the best hosts possible. That’s why we work every day to raise the bar on services provided, gearing your entire stay around having a meaningful and fun experience.

For starters, when you stay with us you can take advantage of our free WIFI and Laundry. You can check back in with the world, let family know you are still alive, work out any lingering logistics, and catch up on current events.

You’ve been carrying all of your food on your back for the last few months. Let us take over cooking. We serve up delicious home-cooked breakfasts and dinners. No carrying or measuring weight required. Just sit back, smell the sweet aromas coming from the kitchen, and dig in. Added perk, we even do the dishes!

When you’re ready, you can venture back out to the PTC having enjoyed a comfortable bed, hot shower, and home cooked meals. So if this sounds like the best decision since deciding to hike the PTC, we’d love to be your stop at PCT Mile 266.

Cofounder of ITH Hostels. I love traveling, hosting, gardening, golfing, fishing, and sailing.


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