0.36 miles South of Unpaved Road 2N02 to Highway 18 (Big Bear Lake), CA
We woke knowing that we only had 4.5 miles to town and they were supposed to be pretty easy with just 1 small climb. We hit the trail around 9 am hoping to make it to town before noon and knowing that check in was at 4 pm. Tim was particularly excited about hitting town because his shoes were bothering him and we were going to buy a new pair for him.
Here is a picture that usually is of both of us, but Tim was hiking ahead making it to new shoes.
After a little bit, I was able to catch up to Tim and get our "together" picture for the day.
As promised, the trail was quite easy and we just kept going and going without a break knowing that around the next bend could be Highway 18, the road into town.
At this point, one of Tim's biggest issues was how are we going to get to town. It is common practice to hitchhike into town which Tim was nervous about.
We finally made it to Highway 18 right when another hiker got a car to stop for him. I waved my hiking pole and they waited for us to get in.
Mountain Man, aka Brian Washington, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) trainer, picked us up and took us right to the door of our hostel. According to him, most of the top ranked boxers and MMA fighters train here in Big Bear Lake because of the altitude being around 7000 feet...interesting.
Anyway, here we are at a $20 per person per night hostel, so for only $80 we are staying here for 2 nights in a private room, with a TV. We are so looking forward to a good nights sleep in a bed.