Van Duzen Road (Big Bear Lake) to Holcomb Creek. 10 miles, 284 miles total.
This is Gracen from the Big Bear Lake Mountain Resort Hostel (909) 866-8900. He's a wonderful host, and will come and pick you up at the trailhead if you call him.
I was able to hitch a ride with a local resident named John back to Van Duzer Road to get back on the trail. I got to the trail at about noon, so I didn't get as early a start as I would have liked. Even though I was at the Big Bear Lake Resort Hostel for 3 nights, it realy was only one zero day hiking-wise.
Today's hike took me through a large burn ... about 9 miles or so. There was a detour by the forest service that would have been 17 miles on old dirt roads. I'm glad I didn't take the detour. The sign indicated that it was ok to stay on the trail, you just can't camp in this section. As soon as I got to the other side of the detour, I camped at the first decent place I could find. I thought the burned area would last for ever! I believe this burn was from last year.