Big Bear Lake and Hostel

PCT 2018 Day 12, May 4, Friday.

Start campsites at mile 253.1

End 266.1 road crossing and exit to Big Bear Lake and Big Bear Hostel

Miles walked: 13

Last night I reserved a bunk at the nearby hostel using their website. Now a quick hike out to the road junction to get to the town of Big Bear Lake, where a researcher is asking hikers to fill out a questionnaire on app use on the trail. A trail angel comes up and asks if anyone needs a ride to town– wow, that was easy. Jan (pronounced yan) and Bob ( both Germany), and Marie (France) also ride to the hostel with me.

Sarge and Crocs introduce us to the hostel resources, and I grab a shower and do laundry. Jan and Bob invite me to lunch, and we try nearby Teddy’s for burgers with Lella (Hungary, pronounced leela).

Later I walk a mile to the grocery and prepare my food bag. The trail calls for the morning.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.