Section C

Agressive Africanized Bees

By: Danielle Whitten
April 30th, 2014

On the trail yesterday 4/19/14 in the deep creek area around Apple Valley, CA by the red bridge my husband and I were attacked by very aggressive bees. It’s in a section of the trail where you walk through a tunnel of trees. The bees just came out of no where and the bees chased for a good 1/8 of a mile. Just wanted to let everyone know since numerous hikers were stung yesterday. Hopefully, someone can get out there and get this hive removed.

Trail Maintenance

By: Golly (Gail)
March 4th, 2014

My husband and I are thru-riding our horses this year. We began at Campo on Jan. 1. There is an area north (west) of Van Dusen Rd. in Big Bear area, around mile 265 or so, that could use some good trail maintenance. There are many downed trees and while they are possible to step over or go around, it isn’t good for the trail. There’s also a lot of dead branches hanging from trees that are a hazard to equestrians. We made it to just a few miles from 285.4 (Little Bear Springs) and had to turn around because there are trees crossing the trail and too steep to go around. One of the trees could slide if someone tries to climb over it and it’s certainly too high for a horse to jump and too low to go under.

Mile 283 (Approx.)

By: Golly (Gail)
March 4th, 2014

Dangerous trail situation near Big Bear! Trail mile 278.5 (Holcomb Valley Rd) to 285.4 (Little Bear Springs Trail camp) is dangerous. The actual spot is closest to 282 and beyond, but the last place to pull out would be Holcomb Valley Rd. or possibly the next dirt road about a mile further (which I think go back to Holcomb Valley Rd.). You are on the side of a cliff and there are many downed trees crossing the trail making it nearly impossible to get around. Climbing over the trees could make them slide. Since we have horses, it’s a little tougher. We made it across the first, then around the bend was a second. One horse got over the second, but the other horse refused. It was higher than his chest and he wouldn’t jump on the cliff with very unstable ground…and narrow. I went around the next bend and discovered a tree that no one would be able to get around with out endangering themselves. We had to turn back. The horses refused to go back over the first tree, so my husband was able to pry it around to at least rest on part of the trail and you can step over it now, but it isn’t stable.

Trail Destruction

By: George Brenner
February 5th, 2014

In section C south of Whitewater, a heard of feral cattle have destroyed the trail. It is BLM land and I have called it to the Palm Springs Office’s attention. They say they are aware of the problem but to date nothing has been done about it. There are 4 large bulls that accompany the herd and are quite intimidating.