History and Accomplishments

  • Late 2009: The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation was formed under leadership of Phil Hamilton. Original board members include Gary Keller, Ed Wallace, Craig Smith, Randy Putz, and Siri Eggebraten as an advisor representing the City of Big Bear Lake. Driz Cook joined the Trails Foundation in late 2010.
  • 2009: MOU with the San Bernardino National Forest. the Trails 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.”
  • 2010: Non-Profit Status was achieved. Registering the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation as a 501c3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Financial contributions are now tax deductible.
  • 2010: In conjunction with Cal Trans, 26 “Share the Road” Signs have been installed around Big Bear Lake. 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.
  • 2010-2011: In partnership with the USFS, reestablished the 7 Oaks Trail, a system trail that had fallen into disrepair and was no longer being used. This 3 mile trail runs from just east of Grand View Point down into the Santa Ana River Valley. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/sevenoaks/
  • 2010: Forest Service Certified Sawyers: our volunteers have been certified as Class A Sawyers and can legally remove fallen trees off trails.
  • 2011: With our support the City of Big Bear Lake was received a $280,000 grant from Cal Trans for the development of master plan of trails throughout the Valley. This grant was used to develop the Big Bear Valley Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Equestrian Master Plan. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/230000-local-planning-grant-received/.
  • 2012: Trail Guides brought online. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/trailguides/
  • 2012: the USFS, through the work of District Ranger Scott Tangenberg, awards the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation a $120,000 Cost Share Agreement to assist in the design and build of the Skyline Trail. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/skyline-trail-the-official-kickoff/
  • 2012: the Trails Foundation hires IMBA Trail Solutions to prepare an assessment of the South Shore area of Big Bear Lake. This report is instrumental in future trail plans. See the report here.
  • 2012: First hand-build day on the Skyline Trail. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/skyline-trail-build-day-1/
  • 2012: Mechanized construction on Skyline Trail begins: see more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/skyline-in-november/
  • 2013: we become are a partner agency with the Southern California Mountains Foundation as they apply for, and receive, more than $400,000 in government grants designated for trail building and restoration in the South Shore area. These funds will be implemented from 2014-2018.
  • 2013: The Trails Foundation builds Skyline Trail all year long. A combination of mechanical rough cuts and hand-finishing. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/skyline-update-8162013/
  • End of 2013: Phil Hamilton steps down as chair of the Trails Foundation. Driz Cook steps up.
  • 2014: under the leadership of Stacy Gorin, Southern California Mountains Foundation steps in as a strong partner, and using grant monies has a work crew design and build the Plumber’s section of Skyline Trail.
  • 2014: first National Trails Day word day and party, jointly hosted by the Trails Foundation and the Southern California Mountains Foundation. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/nationaltrailsdayjune7/.
  • 2014: Final build day on Skyline Trail. 15 miles. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/15-miles-of-skyline-complete-whew/
  • 2014: South Shore Signage – along with Big Bear Cycling, more than $5,000 of brown carsonite directional signs have now been installed in the South Shore area. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/south-shore-signs-installation-update/
  • 2014: ESRI and Arcgis online map programming utilized: see results here: http://bbvtf.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3393701f7d9e44f0a226a3d2dbb04f97
  • 2015: Planning and research on Big Bear Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Network begins. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/trail-laws/
  • 2015: Partnership with San Diego State University begins to develop GIS model of environmentally assessing trails.
  • 2015: Adopt-A-Trail program begins, with first year attracting 25 groups. See more here: http://trailsfoundation.org/adopt-a-trail/
  • 2015: Board of Directors restructuring occurs, Trails Advisory Group with USFS, Southern California Mountains Foundation, Mammoth Resorts, and City of Big Bear Lake is initiated.
  • 2016: ??