From April through October, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation invites you to come wield a rake, mccleod, pulaski or shovel and get a bit dirty doing some good on the trails. Most of our focus this year will be in the South Shore area, where we’re working hard to do the finish work on [...]Read More
In 2006, representatives from several local agencies came together to begin addressing the needs of non-motorized trail and transportation use in the Big Bear Valley. This Coalition was the seedling that grew into the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, which is now a 501c3 non-profit public benefit corporation overseen by an unpaid Board of Directors.
MOU with the San Bernardino National Forest
The Foundation entered into an official Memo of Understanding with the US Forest Service in 2009 to “to plan and implement mutually beneficial programs, projects, and trail opportunities in and around the Big Bear Lake Valley area of the San Bernardino National Forest.”
- In partnership with the Forest Service, we have opened up a 3 mile multi-use trail called Seven Oaks. This trail runs from just east of Grand View Point down into the Santa Ana River Valley. It has beautiful views and to hike or ride this trail is well worth the effort.
- Two of our members are now Forest Service certified sawyers which means that can legally cut trees and work on trails. The Forest Service has also checked out equipment for them to use.
- We have cut trees and thinned brush on the Belly Ache Springs Trail which makes it a much easier hike or ride.
- In conjunction with Cal Trans, 26 “Share the Road” Signs have been installed around the lake.
- With our support the City of Big Bear Lake was successful in receiving a $280, 000 grant from Cal Trans for the development of master plan of trails throughout the Valley.
- In conjunction with the City and County, we have completed Type 3 bike route signage from Aspen Glen parking lot to the far east end of Big Bear Boulevard. 99% of these routes are off the heavily traveled main highway and sends riders through some of the most scenic neighborhoods in the Valley.
- We have established a very good working relationship with the City of Big Bear Lake and continue to explore ways we can work together to make the City a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community.
- In conjunction with a number of local groups, we collected and disposed of nearly 40 tons of trash, illegal dumping and debris near the Pebble Plain area between Sugarloaf and Moonridge.
- We have been entered into to Cost share agreement with the USFS that will bring over $100,000 for us to develop and rehab the entire south side of our valley including a new nearly 15 mile single track trail.
The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation says a big thanks to all the local businesses who donated items for our various auctions at our annual fundraiser Pizza and Pizzazz. We raised about $4,000.00 and without your support we could not have done it. As you make decisions about where to spend your money we urge [...]Read More fundraisers
Trail Name: Pacific Crest Trail Forest Service Designation: PCT 2000 Total Distance: Overview: Cross country singletrack going from the north desert entrance of Big Bear out along the north ridge of Bertha Peak, allowing good views of Big Bear Lake. The trail ends up winding through the forest north of Fawnskin, where you can see [...]Read More 12 Trails 2013
Trail Name: Castle Rock Forest Service Designation: 1W03 Total Distance: 1.3 miles Overview: short steep hike up to a beautiful rocky crag with great views of Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced. Activities: Hiking. Horses and Bikes are possible, but difficult because of the steep and rocky terrain. Trail Type: 100% Singletrack Description: Possible [...]Read More 12 Trails 2013
Trail Name: Seven Oaks Forest Service Designation: 0E01 Total Distance: 2 miles Overview: Steep trail from the Skyline Ridge down into the Santa Ana River Valley. Difficulty: Advanced. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: 100% Singletrack Description: Begin at the benches where Skyline Trail, Pine Knot Trail, Grandview Point Trail, and Seven Oaks Trail [...]Read More 12 Trails 2013
Trail Name: Fish Creek to Bean Spur Forest Service Designation: 1N05 to 1N37 Total Distance: 9.2 mi Overview: loop of fire roads in the Heart Bar area with beautiful views and a moderately technical downhill Difficulty: Moderate Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horses. Note: 1N37 is marked “most difficult” for 4×4 vehicles. Trail Type: Graded road uphill [...]Read More 12 Trails 2013