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Gianna and Jonathan’s Trail

You just might see Gianna and Jonathan cruising around town on a bright yellow tandem mountain bike, Jonathan's red hair leading back to Gianna's giant smile. Their bike is used not only for  recreation, but for transportation and errands. It's nice living in a town where you can ride much of the year if you [...]

Gary, Chain Saw Master

This once proud tree, which came off second best in a high wind, had completely blocked the popular Grout Bay trail. No problem for Gary and his chainsaw. We were there early Saturday, knocked the job out and were home drinking coffee by 9:30am and the trail is open once again for all the diverse users to enjoy! Good [...]

Tip Top Mountain

Trail Name: Tip Top Mountain Forest Service Designation: 2N90 Total Distance: 1.7 miles one way Overview: Rocky and steep road up to one of the best views in Big Bear. Difficulty: If you hike this it is moderate, with several sections of loose rock. On a mountain bike this is a difficult climb that will [...]

Lost Creek Trail

Trail Name: Lost Creek Forest Service Designation: 1E09 Total Distance: 5.75 miles one way Overview: rarely used trail that takes you up into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes are not permitted in Wilderness Areas. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: The Lost Creek Trail starts right at Highway 38 [...]

Pizza & Pizzazz POPS!

Thank You! Pizza and Pizzazz was a smashing success as over 150 people turned out to support the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Fund Raiser. We need to thank a number of businesses and individuals for their wonderful support. First, thanks to all who joined us for a great evening of food, music and friendship. [...]

Pam’s Trail

Pam Kalina. Super nice resident of Big Bear. Just retired as the race director of the world famous Holcomb Valley Trail Run. And she was kind enough to talk to us about one of her favorite trails here in Big Bear: the Cougar Crest Trail.   Pam's Trail was published in a May 2012 edition [...]

IMBA Rep Comes to Big Bear!

NEW IMBA SOUTHWESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR TO VISIT BIG BEAR Mr. Patrick Kell will be visiting in Big Bear Valley on April 16 and 17. The Trails Foundation will be taking him into to the field to see the Skyline Trail Proposal and other work the Trails Foundation has accomplished. He will be meeting with local [...]

Treasurer: Gary Keller

Gary has been a Big Bear Valley resident since 1973, enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, snow shoeing, watersports, just to name a few of the outdoor activities that this valley has to offer. He also wields a wicked polaski and mcleod as he shapes and melds trails to look fantastic!

Craig Smith

Craig and family moved to Big Bear Lake fulltime in 2000. An avid downhill skier and general outdoors enthusiast, Craig found his cycling passion in 2006 and has been riding a bike ever since! Trails Foundation was a great way to get involved to improve and expand the trails system throughout the Valley. Dedicated bike [...]

Ed Wallace

Ed is a 10 year resident of Big Bear having moved here after a 30 year career in the engineering and construction industry where he managed major oil and gas projects on the Alaska North Slope,Venezuela and the lower 48 states.He is an a avid hiker and leads hikes and backpacks for the Sierra Club.The [...]

Chair: Driz Cook

Driz hails from Colorado, and after living in other outdoor type towns like Boulder, Durango, and Moab, he found himself in the mecca for the next generation…Big Bear! He has successfully survived in the field of outdoor education for the last 15 years and currently works at a local outdoor science school. When not attempting [...]

USFS Sign Specifications

Everything you ever wanted to know about signing trails in the National Forest: United States Forest Service's very comprehensive Sign and Poster Guidelines for the Forest Service A listing of all the above Guideline sections in PDF format Signage section from the USFS Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook USFS Signposts for Snow Trails Forest Service [...]

Volunteering at Endure the Bear

Volunteers and volunteering make the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation an organization with a big heart. In September, members of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation volunteered to run “Advance Base Camp,” an aid station for the Endure the Bear trail run. From about 6:00 in the morning until nearly 6:00 at night, volunteers tracked, [...]

The Trail Beckoned

I had one of those weekends. I packed my tent and bike up and I went down to a mountain bike race down the hill. Bike race was just what I needed, and was on my way home on Highway 330 when I thought about Castle Rock Trail. I knew I was stopping at the [...]

Chutes That Stink

At the last Trails Foundation board meeting, we got into a healthy debate about opening and closing trails. Right now we're pushing hard to develop the Skyline Trail, and US Forest Service district ranger Scott Tangenberg is doing a fantastic job talking with us and helping to support this project. Scott though, like all of [...]

Skyline Trail Update

As many of you are aware the BBVTF has been working very hard to establish a single track trail that will roughly parallel 2N10.  Lots of time and effort, that often goes un-noticed has gone into this effort.  We wanted to update you on this work so you know progress continues.   A public hearing [...]

Pedal Path Paved

All of us know what a great asset the Pedal Path on the North Shore is for our Valley. No it’s not a great challenging path for strong hikers or riders. It is just a great path for families and folks who want a nice hike or ride along the lake. And I am sure [...]

Trail Work: 10/23

Come join the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, meet some locals, see a different area of Big Bear, rehabilitate a trail, and do some good! We’ll be heading out to a section of the Pacific Crest Trail above Fawnskin and YMCA Camp Whittle on Sunday, October 23rd. Seems that last winter, and the fire burns, [...]

Another Night of Trail Work

We made it out to the 7 Oaks trail again last Wednesday for a productive hour or so of trail maintenance. It’s amazing how much you can get done in a short amount of time. It’s equally amazing how much fun this “work” can be! We’ll keep rocking the Wednesday night fun fests, so get [...]

Wednesday Evening Trail Work #1

Don't listen to them. Trail work is not easy. However, it can be fun...and social...and good exercise. This is exactly what happened on Wednesday night when three Trails Foundation board members worked on the 7 Oaks Trail. We met at Aspen Glen picnic area at 5pm and rode 2 miles up to the 7 Oaks [...]

Wednesday Night Trail Work #2

We made it out to the 7 Oaks trail again last Wednesday for a productive hour or so of trail maintenance. It’s amazing how much you can get done in a short amount of time. It’s equally amazing how much fun this “work” can be! We’ll keep rocking the Wednesday night fun fests, so get [...]

Golden Pulaski Awarded to Eggebraten

Thanks to her tireless tenacity and dedication to non-motorized transportation and recreation in the Big Bear Valley, The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation was pleased to honor Siri Eggebraten with its first-ever Golden Pulaski Award. As Foundation President Phil Hamilton said when he addressed the City Council at their August 22nd meeting, "I am sure [...]

Skyline Trail Public Meeting

On Saturday, August 20, 2011, a group of over 30 people attended the public meeting held by the US Forest Service for the proposed Skyline Trail. A general description of the project was provided by Deputy District Ranger Omero Torres, along with a short walking tour of existing and new trail sections under consideration for inclusion. Below is the text of the public legal notice from the USFS: “The Mountaintop Ranger District, San Bernardino National Forest, proposes to construct and designate the Skyline Recreation Trail, a non-motorized, multi-use trail within the bounds of the Skyline Fuelbreak, located along the ridge south of the Big Bear Valley. The trail is intended to separate motorized from non-motorized traffic on Forest Service Road (FSR) 2N10 to increase safety for all users. FSR 2N10 is a popular meandering, unpaved road that is frequently traveled by people driving vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles. The combination of mixed use and number of users has resulted in several near misses, as well as documented accidents between vehicles and non-motorized users. The Skyline Recreation Trail will be designed and constructed to encourage bicyclists to travel at safe speeds, thereby promoting safe shared-use for all non-motorized recreationists. Along the majority of the route, the trail will roughly parallel Forest Service Road 2N10 and follow an east-west alignment. The recreation trail in the fuelbreak is also intended to decrease the use of non-system trails in the vicinity of the Skyline Fuelbreak. As a result, the Mountaintop Ranger District also proposes to close and restore intersecting non-system trails to their natural condition that pose risks to Forest resources or hazards to Forest visitors. Signs will be installed to mark the trail and to direct and educate trail users away from non-system routes as necessary. Trail construction will utilize best management practices to mitigate resource concerns and will follow Trails Management Handbook guidelines (FSH 2309.18). […]

Pine Knot Trail

Trail Name: Pine Knot Forest Service Designation: 1E01 Total Distance: 3.1 miles one way Overview: popular and well maintained trail that ends at a great overlook. Difficulty: easy to moderate. Activities: hiking, biking and horseback riding. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: A classic Big Bear trail, Pine Knot takes you from the Aspen Glen picnic [...]

Aspen Grove

Trail Name: Aspen Grove Forest Service Designation: 2E05 Total Distance: 1.85 miles one way Overview: Trail that takes you to a grove of Aspen Trees. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes are not permitted in Wilderness Areas. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: A trail that takes you across Fish Creek and into [...]

Heart Bar Peak

Trail Name: Heart Bar Peak Forest Service Designation: 1N38 Total Distance: 3.2 miles one way Overview: Steep climb up a trail to a peak with views of San Gorgonio and Sugarloaf Peak. Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Hiking, biking, horseback riding. Trail Type: 4x4 trail. Description: Hidden off the side of Highway 38 is a short and [...]

Siberia Creek

Trail Name: Siberia Creek Forest Service Designation: 1W04 Total Distance: 6.1 miles one way Overview: rugged and scenic trail that drops down into the Bear Creek drainage and ends at Siberia Creek Group Camp. Difficulty: advanced. This is a steep and wild trail that has been neglected and ignored for many years. It is in [...]

Grout Bay Loop

Trail Name: Grout Bay Loop Forest Service Designation: 1W05, 1W06, 3N14, Rim of the World Drive, Highway 38 Total Distance: 12 miless Overview: Dirt road climb to rolling downhill singletrack. Out and back up to Grays Peak and then downhill back to beginning. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Activities: Hiking, Biking Trail Type: Singletrack, dirt road, [...]

Cougar Crest

Trail Name: Cougar Crest Forest Service Designation: 1E22 Total Distance: 2.3 miles one way Overview: Popular trail with views of Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Activities: Hiking, biking. Please avoid conflict and don't bike this during high use times. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: This popular trail is a "must do" in all [...]

PCT Onyx to Cushenberry

Trail Name: Pacific Crest Trail Onyx to Cushenberry Total Distance: 13.2 miles one way Overview: Long and diverse hike along beautiful Pacific Crest Trail. Difficulty: The trail itself is easy to moderate; doing the entire section in a day is difficult. Activities: Hiking, horseback riding. Remember; no bikes on PCT. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: [...]

John Bull

Trail Name: John Bull Forest Service Designation: 3N10, 3N43, 3N07, 3N32, 3N02, 3N16 Total Distance: 11.2 mile loop Overview: rough dirt road loop with views of local rock climbing area and desert to the north. Difficulty: On a bike this is a difficult trail; it is technical and demanding. If you hike this, the trail [...]

Holcomb Valley Tour

Trail Name: Holcomb Valley Tour Forest Service Designation: Multiple roads and trails. Total Distance: 20 mile loop. Overview: Long dirt road loop with views of Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley. Difficulty: On a bike, the technical difficulty is moderate. Several hill climbs and the length make this close to advanced. Activities: Biking Trail Type: [...]

Retired: Vice Chairman – Randy Putz

Randy’s passion for hiking, running, and riding Big Bear trails led him to the doorstep of the early Big Bear Valley Trails Coalition, which he helped transform into the current Foundation. When he is not on the trail, Randall creates destination marketing products and provides services that benefit visitor-based businesses and increase area tourism. He [...]

Retired: Siri Eggebraten

Siri is a Dakotan transplant who works as an urban planner for the City of Big Bear Lake. As a professional, Siri focuses on community development and the integration of the City with and the ecosystems that surround it. Her favorite days away from work involve multiple activities such as rock-climbing in the morning, midday [...]