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May 2017

National Trails Day Events

HAPPY HILLS TRAIL GRAND OPENING The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting event for the new Happy Hills Trail on June 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at the Happy Hills trail head, located at Big Bear Lake City Hall; 39797 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA. Bring the entire family and walking shoes to help celebrate the opening of this new trail. Big Bear’s trail systems continue to improve at an amazing rate because of the commitment of the City’s dedicated community members. Please join us to celebrate, what [...]

March 2017

Trails Plan Open House Letter and Information 3-22-2017

Hello All; Thank you SO MUCH for showing up to our Trails Plan Open House last night at the Discovery Center. When people show up to these meetings it sends a tremendously strong message to the Forest Service that we care and are involved in the management of our public lands. Honestly, we weren't expecting anything close to the large turnout (60+ people) last night, so thank you for your patience! RESOURCES: Everything you saw last night, and more (all 47 pages...), is available online in a google drive folder. GROUP MEETINGS: if you know of a group of people [...]

New Trails Plan Open House 3/22, 4/26 from 4:30-5:30pm at the Discovery Center

Working together with the Southern California Mountains Foundation, we here at the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation have been working hard for the last couple of years towards presenting to the Forest Service a proposal for New Trails in our area. This plan addresses the many user-created trails in our area, allows for connector trails, and potentially introduces close to 100 miles of trail into the Forest System in the Big Bear Valley area. With this, we're getting closer to new trails, but need feedback from YOU and YOUR TRAIL FRIENDS. We have an Open House this next Wednesday, March [...]

January 2017

2016 Year End Review

The US Forest Service bases their budgets on fiscal years which run October through September of each year. We base our hours and accomplishments on this time frame as well, as our work aids them in getting more support, fund, and grants to further the trail cause. With that, here's what happened over the 2016 Fiscal Year, from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016. Accomplishments 2016 Volunteer Hours: 2,479 hours of volunteer labor was put into building and maintaining the trails around the Big Bear area. 95% of these hours were on the ground with tools in hand, while 5% were meeting based. [...]

2017 Meetings

4th Wednesday of the Month, 5:30pm. Here’s the schedule for Trails meetings, held at the Discovery Center on North Shore Drive in Big Bear Lake, CA. Attending each month are Board Members and Advisors. We wholeheartedly welcome other members of the public; please give us a bit of advance notice so we can add you to the agenda. Contact us here – hello@trailsfoundation.org. Thanks! Wednesday 1/25/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 2/22/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 3/22/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 4/26/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 5/24/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 6/28/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 8/23/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday [...]

Meetings for 2017

4th Wednesday of the Month, 5:30pm. Here’s the schedule for Trails meetings, held at the Discovery Center on North Shore Drive in Big Bear Lake, CA.  Attending each month are Board Members and Advisors. We wholeheartedly welcome other members of the public; please give us a bit of advance notice so we can add you to the agenda. Contact us here – hello@trailsfoundation.org. Thanks! Wednesday 1/25/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center   Wednesday 2/22/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 3/22/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 4/26/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 5/24/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 6/28/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center Wednesday 8/23/2017, 5:30pm Discovery Center [...]

October 2016

September 2016

What YOU can do right now for Trails.

Check out this graphic to understand what is going on with Forest Service funds. Then do something to help your trails.  Here are some options: Share your voice: Trails Meeting at Big Bear Discovery Center, This Monday 9/19, 5:30pm. Share your money: donate and get a sticker, hat or t-shirt. They are cool looking and our treasurer, Robert Prince, has been working hard at getting our backend financials set up and ready to go: http://trailsfoundation.org/support-us-store/ Channel your Amazon purchasing power: go to smile.amazon.com and choose the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation as your charity. Share your time: jump in with [...]

August 2016

Jon Sacks, Sales Rep, Does Good and Supports Trails!

Jon, who is a sales rep for Kali Protectives, Ryders Eyewear, and KHS Bicycles, recently came to Big Bear and brought us a nice big check to offically adopt the Bluff Mesa Trail! This money goes directly into the Trails Foundation coffers to further support the cause of More and Better Maintained Trails in the Big Bear area. When he showed up, Jon had a whole crew of people with him, all having a great time in the evening after riding bikes all day. It's fantastic to see a sales rep giving back like this in Big Bear...THANKS JON!!!!

Trails Coordinator Hired, Meeting Moved to September

We've officially hired an outstanding candidate for our Trails Coordinator position. They will be starting later this month, and because of this, we're going to move our normal August meeting back to September. This will give us a chance to meet and greet properly, and let our candidate get a bit acclimated before we overwhelm them. So... Next Trails Foundation Meeting: Monday, September 19th, 5:30pm, Discover Center. See you then!

June 2016

Trails Coordinator JOB in Big Bear

Officially announced 6/4/2016, this position is supported by the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the City of Big Bear Lake, the County of San Bernardino, Big Bear Mountain Resorts, the United States Forest Service, and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. The position is year round, with benefits, and will pay from $50-$55k a year. The official employer is the Southern California Mountains Foundation. The Trails Coordinator will work to support the Adopt-A-Trail program and future trail development in the general Big Bear area. Let us know as you have questions...thanks!!! Here's the JOB DESCRIPTION Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Coordinator The Non-Motorized [...]

May 2016

National Trails Day June 4th EVENT

Volunteers Needed to Get Outdoors: National Trails Day; June 4, 2016 RSVP HERE Since 1993, National Trails Day, sponsored by American Hiking Society, has grown to inspire many thousands of people nationwide to celebrate and give back to the trails they love on one dedicated day.  America's 200,000 miles of trails allow access to our natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include a local trail building event focused on the South Shore Trail Network, adjacent to Big Bear Lake, on [...]

April 2016

3 Newsworthy Items on Big Bear Trails and 1 bit of Commentary

National Trails Day Saturday June 4th. Big trail work day from 1-5pm, big BBQ, raffle, celebration afterward. We're using Snow Summit lower party area as our base. And the trail we are working on is… Fall Line Construction Begins in May. Working with the Southern California Mountains Foundation Crews, the USFS, the Trails Foundation, and with a helping hand from Snow Summit, we're finally getting started on this. Goal is to have either the upper or lower section open by the end of National Trails Day. Skyline East (Plumber's) Tweaks: the original goal of this trail was to get people [...]

Paid Trail Positions in Tourist Towns

We're pushing for the City of Big Bear Lake, Mammoth Mountain Resorts, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the United States Forest Service, and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation to all come together to support our recreational trails. In an effort to convince folks that this is something worth paying for, we had some research done on similar mountain towns and the manner in which they handle trails. Turns out that most similar mountain towns do recognize that TRAILS ARE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO INVEST IN. REPORT: PAID TRAIL POSITIONS IN TOURIST TOWNS What do other mountain towns do for their [...]

Trail Work – Santa Ana River Trail Glass to Middle Control

Oh my goodness trees. 12 trees over the trail on the ever-popular Santa Ana River Trail, Glass Road to Middle Control Road Section. Tod Lusher and Mike Crowell, proud adoptees of this trail section, showed up fresh on a supposedly rainy Sunday April 10th and finished an exhausted 15 volunteer hours later. This is what happens when you get good people involved...you have well-maintained trails. And one nice, solid bridge (come on...the tree was too heavy to move!). Go go Adopt-A-Trail powers!

Trail Work – Santa Ana River Trail Spur B

Matt Lovell and his So Cal Trail Burners group braved the weather on April 9th, 2016, to give this spur trail the most love it's seen in many, many, many years. The Spurs of the Santa Ana River Trail connect the Barton Flats and San Gorgonio campgrounds to the trail, and Spur B goes all the way down to the actual Santa Ana River. Check out what 11 people can do in 6 hours through our Adopt-A-Trail program:  

March 2016

The Skinny on Chainsaws and a Certification Class

Yesterday Gavin, Calvin, Matt, and I (Driz) went out on the Santa Anna River Trail, South Fork to Glass Road Section. Mission was two fold; cut downed trees and scout a spur for Matt's Adopt-A-Trail group coming up on April 9th. The heavy winter snows knocked down many trees, so we removed 6 trees from the main SART trail. Technically, the USFS asks that volunteers working with them take a 2 day Chainsaw Class and be certified as a  Class A Sawyer before going out removing fallen trees from trails. (Add on that you need First Aid and CPR Certs [...]

December 2015

2016 Meeting Dates

Here's the schedule for 2016 Trails meetings, held at the Discovery Center on North Shore Drive in Big Bear Lake, CA. Attending each month are Board Members and Advisors. We wholeheartedly welcome other members of the public; please give us a bit of advance notice so we can add you to the agenda. Contact us here - hello@trailsfoundation.org. Thanks! Tuesday, January 19th, 5:30pm Discover Center Monday, March 21st, 5:30pm Discover Center Monday, May 16th, 5:30pm Discover Center Monday, June 20th, 5:30pm Discover Center Monday, August 15th, 5:30pm Discover Center Monday, October 17th, 5:30pm Discover Center

October 2015

Get Involved: Trail Leadership Meeting October 19th, 6pm Discovery Center

We're getting down to the wire here in 2015 and it's important to make some solid plans for the future of the Trails Foundation here in Big Bear. Here's what we're looking at discussing this next Monday, October 19th at 6pm: FUTURE STRUCTURE Board Officers: a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer committed to attending 6 meetings a year. Board Members: 1-4 additional members of public committed to attending 6 meetings a year. Agency Advisors: do not vote on Trails Foundation items, but are involved in advising and representing important agencies. Committed to attending 4 meetings a year. Public Advisors: [...]

September 2015

Adopt-A-Trail Action Part 2

From 5/1/5015 through 9/6/2015: 540 hours of volunteer labor put into trails around Big Bear through our Adopt A Trail program. And NONE of this is Administrative or Office work. All dirt, all on your trails, through the work of YOU!!! From big groups to small collections of friends, it takes all kinds to care for our trails. See the complete list of trails and people, as well as information on how you can get involved in Adopt-A-Trail.            

August 2015

Adopt-A-Trail Action Part 1

So far so good with our Adopt-A-Trail program; we have 20 sections of trail adopted as of the beginning of August, 2015. From big groups to small collections of friends, it takes all kinds to care for our trails. See the complete list of trails and people, as well as information on how you can get involved in Adopt-A-Trail. Here are some pictures of the people generously helping out with Fern, Skyline and Castle Rock trails through this program: Sandra Simper and Robyn McQuade have been taking care of Fern Trail all summer long.   Sandra and Robyn's Namesake Dogz. [...]

Lake Fire Information on Trails

Beginning on June 17th, 2015, the Lake Fire burned parts of the San Bernardino National Forest, the San Gorgonio Wilderness, BLM land, and private land tracts in Southern California. Source documents can be found here. A good overview of the after burn situation can be found here, in the Burned Area Emergency Response Assessment (BAER) Power Point Presentation. Below are excerpts from the full Lake Fire Burned Area Report regarding Trails: S. Transportation System Trails: 37.6 miles Roads: 25.6 miles (NFS) 2) Trails Emergency conditions exist for specific trails and sections of trail within the burned area. These emergency conditions [...]

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1 day ago
Timeline Photos

One week until NATIONAL TRAILS DAY!

Come volunteer in the morning and feel good about giving back to the trails we use. It's Saturday June 3, at Aspen Glen Picnic Area; work 9am-12pm with free lunch ... See more

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Timeline Photos

2 hours of sitting through a meeting, 9 times a year. The support and feedback provided by this group of people is incredible, and they are wonderfully appreciated. Thank you for a productive meeting ... See more

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5 days ago
Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Though the parking lot remains closed to prepare for winter clean up, Grey's Peak is officially open! A Southern California Mountains Foundation UCC crew removed 3 fallen trees from the trail today, ... See more

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Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Good news for our trails, BBVTF was the beneficiary of a fundraiser/party held in Pasadena! Generously organized by Incycle Bicycles and Cannondale, it began after the nearby final stage of the Tour ... See more

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How about a Big Bear Lake Rim Trail (like another Tahoe Rim Trail)? Most of the trails are already in place, but some new trails need to be constructed to bring all the pieces together.

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Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Skypark Action from the Lake Arrowhead Area

This morning, for 3 hours, a standing room only house heard comments from the public, county land use planners, and the San Bernardino planning ... See more

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Big Bear's National Trails Day

NATIONAL TRAIL DAY event registrations is live! Cabin 89 is getting a small realignment, and general maintenance from all who wish to join us, Southern California Mountains Foundation and REI. It's ... See more

National Trails Day Celebration on Big Bear's Cabin 89 Trail! Join us for a morning of trail work June 3; 9am-1pm! Work will be performed on the Cabin 89 Trail where we will retire a section of ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Castle Rock is in good hands with Bear Valley Community Healthcare District! One of Big Bear's most popular trails, its ready for a full season now, with the customary buckthorn trimming and slashing ... See more

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Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Hanna Flats trail is wide open right now... and thanks to YMCA Camp Whittle you'll be enjoying the experience instead of dodging buckthorn or flying off washed out sections! Big shout out to these ... See more

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3 weeks ago

Dennis Ball come on down! Forest Service staff just picked your number as the the winner of the $160 Gift Card from Five Ten shoes! Thanks for using #bigbeartrailpatrol to help us identify ... See more

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