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August 2013

Carving a New Trail into History

“Do you know what this is?” asked Driz Cook, as he held up in his hand something that looked like the axe Jack Nicholson wielded in The Shining. Standing in the parking lot of a campground in the hills above Big Bear Lake in late July, my friend Vince and I confessed we had no idea. When a ten-year-old girl piped up with the correct answer – “Pulaski” – I knew that I needed to pay close attention to Cook’s instructions. (Later, though, I learned this ten-year-old was actually Cook’s daughter, and she had spent many days doing trail work [...]

July 2013

South Shore Signs Installation Update

Part of our South Shore project is getting good signage for all the trails on the South Shore. Last fall we recruited some local advocates and got them started. The first results are here: "I just wanted to give everyone an quick update on the signs project. Team Big Bear, Bike for Bender and the Cycling organization have all been hard at work getting this done. Printing Process: So far everything is going great, but it's a very slow and tedious process. We have a pretty good system set up with the print shop where we are printing small "batches" [...]

June 2013

Annual Fundraiser and Thanks List

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 you to support these nice folks who support us. Joy And Heather Obernolte Big Bear Mountain Resorts Big Bear Vacations ShelliʼS Hallmark Gary Keller Baldwin Lake Stables Todd Melinn IMBA Big Bear Charter Fishing Brewster Family Janice Etter Starbucks And Siri Eggegraten Bear Valley Bikes [...]

April 2013

Mechanized Build has Begun

Hans and Jorge, master operators from Bellfree Construction, are back up on the Skyline Trail working on the section from Snow Point out to Grandview Point. We're optimistic that by the end of May, there will be another large chunk of Skyline ready to a)finish by hand tool and then b)enjoy. Check out the pictures, and come join us for the next Build Day: http://www.trailsfoundation.org/2013-trail-work-schedule/    

Bikes Need Kids Too! Rob Carpenter

Dear Everybody, I hope this email finds you well as some of you I have not seen in a long time. Most of you know of my passion for cycling. I have recently become involved with Big Bear Cycling, Big Bear Trails Foundation, and the stakeholder advisory committee for a Valley Wide Pedestrian, Equestrian, Bicycle program. This work gave me an idea, something I thought the valley kids needed. The bike to school scholarship program is awarding nine scholarships in the form of bikes for its first year. I'm writing to ask for your help with a new program that [...]

Bikers Be Respectful…Please!

Hey Mountain Bikers! As the weather turns from good to great, and the trail beckons, please remember two big laws that we need to heed: No bikes on the Pacific Crest Trail No bikes in Wilderness Areas Take heart that there are tons of other fantastic trails in which to take your favorite metal steed, and realize that right now, mountain bikers in Big Bear are being treated very, very well. Skyline and all of the trails around South Shore are taking shape and set to become a true biker's home in our own little mountain paradise. Learn more about [...]

March 2013

Long Beach? Yes, Long Beach.

A team from Big Bear visited Long Beach and rode through their city to observe the interesting work they have done to make Long Beach a truly bike friendly city. The purpose of the visit was to see first hand the work they have done and see how some of those ideas might work in Big Bear Valley. The team was composed of Gary and Judy Keller, Phil and Sue Hamilton, Ron Peavy, Siri Eggebraten. Charlie Gandy from the City of Long Beach was the host.  

Summer Job in Big Bear!

Summer Trails Coordinator Job OVERVIEW: The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, located in Big Bear Lake, CA, is looking for a summer worker to assist in trail construction, volunteer management, and community relations. We need someone who can leverage their skill and love of the outdoors to help us craft Big Bear into a non-motorized trails destination. TIME FRAME: June through August, 2013. Spend a summer at 7,000 feet in the middle of the National Forest. HOURS PER WEEK: Work with the Trails Foundation 24 hours a week and use the rest of your time to enjoy Big Bear. BENEFITS: [...]

February 2013

South Shore Next Steps 2/19/2013

The Trails Foundation had its monthly board meeting last night, and we went over the general progression of steps for this next spring and summer in regards to South Shore and Skyline. Here are the next steps: General Information: if you haven't already, make sure you've read all of the information on this page. Talk to Bellfree: come mid-March, we are going to confirm with Hans over at Bellfree a general starting date for the construction of the last 4 miles of the upper Skyline Trail. Much of this will be dependent upon weather and snow levels; we've got to [...]

January 2013

South Shore Information

We're on the way to finalizing the next steps for the South Shore Trail Network, so all of our data is trying to make its way to a central location. If you're curious, here's what we have: 1. Skyline Decision Memo: this is the signed agreement with the Forest Service that details what Skyline is officially all about. 2. Skyline Recreational Trail Network Map as of Summer 2012. 3. IMBA Report: Skyline Trail. See what 1/2 of $20,000 will buy you. Big file. 4. IMBA Report: South Shore Trail Network. See what the other half of $20,000 will buy you. [...]

December 2012

Skyline South Shore Update

Finally. A bit of snow. While that's welcome precipitation for the local Big Bear economy, it's also a welcome relief for the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. Snow means a brief respite from the large amounts of work that have been taking place up on Skyline and the South Shore Trail System. This winter season will give us a chance to hunker down for a bit and figure out not only where we're at, but where we're going next. Here's what's we have right now: December 4th: IMBA Trails Report Shane Wilson over at IMBA Trail Solutions forwarded us his [...]

Skyline Build Day: 12/9/2012

Last Build Day of 2012 - Come help us build the next section of the Skyline Trail! Weather permitting, this will be the last build day of 2012, and your chance to both see what our mechanized builders have done and put the finishing touches on their work. Build now and boast later...you were part of this project! No experience necessary. Check out this video if you need more convincing. RSVP's are required.     When: Sunday, December 9th. Crews start at 9am and 12:30pm for 3 hour trail building sessions. Where: Snow Summit Overlook, a big pullout on 2N10 [...]

November 2012

Skyline In November

Mechanized Building is Underway! We've now got 4 days of building Skyline with Bellfree under our belts. Despite the snow and super cold temperatures from last weekend they were up here getting started, and now that things are melting it's going even faster. Check out this video, and then get ready for the final 2012 Hand Crew Build Day in early December.

Skyline Build Details

We had seven builders from the Professional Trail Builders Association respond to our bid request for the Skyline Trail. After putting everything into a confusing spreadsheet, talking to references, and confirming with board members, Hans at Bellfree Contractors was asked to come up and  help us build a flowy, sinewy, undulating and fun trail for all kinds of users. He's going to ROUGH CUT the trail starting on November 12th, which does two things for us: 1. It saves us money. While we've got some funds from grants, it's going to run out fast with a project this size. Hans [...]

October 2012

Getting Bids on Building Skyline

While we're off to a great start in building the Skyline Trail, the miles are going to pile up and eventually the volunteers will get tired. This is when the machines come into the picture. In an ideal world we would have professional skilled machine operators bring their dozers in and rough cut a trail, and then our volunteer hand crews would step in and create the finished product. This looks to be the best combination of getting a trail soon with the funds we have available. First, though, we've got to find a trail builder. Here's our Skyline Bid [...]

Skyline Build Day: 10/21/2012

Come help us build the next section of the Skyline Trail! Have fun in the forest with great people while making a difference in the world. What else could you want? No experience necessary. Check out this video if you need more convincing. RSVP's are required.     When: Sunday, October 21, 2012t. Crews start at 9am for a 3 hour trail building sessions. Where: Skyline Corner, junction of 2N06 and 2N10. Plenty of parking, but consider carpooling or riding your bike. Carpool: Meet at Bear Mountain Parking Lot to carpool or caravan up to the trailhead at 8:45am. Provided: [...]

Skyline Build Day: Sunset Session 10/18/2012

Come help us build the next section of the Skyline Trail! Have fun in the forest with great people while making a difference in the world. What else could you want? No experience necessary. Check out this video if you need more convincing. RSVP's are required.     When: Sunday, October 18th, 4-6pm. Quick and dirty two hour trail building session. Where: Skyline Corner, junction of 2N06 and 2N10. Plenty of parking, but consider carpooling or riding your bike. Carpool: Meet at Bear Mountain Parking Lot to carpool or caravan up to the trailhead at 3:45pm. Provided: trail tools, instruction [...]

US Forest Service Meeting 10/5/2012

Meeting between US Forest Service and Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Present: US Forest Service District Ranger Scott Tangenberg, Trails Foundation Board Members Phil Hamilton and Driz Cook. Skyline Trail Build Days Sequence: Step 1: Trails Foundation pin flags a section of trail. Step 2: Forest Service walks the pin flagged section of trail and makes environmental adjustment notes. Step 3: Trails Foundation adjusts pin flag section per environmental notes. Step 4: Trails Foundation proposes build day and requests the presence of Forest Service representative. Step 5: Forest Service confirms that their representative will be able to attend build day. [...]

September 2012

Skyline Trail 9/23/2012 RSVP HERE!

Despite the massive rain we've had in Big Bear over the last month, we've been in a drought; a trail building drought. The skies are opening up finally, and Sunday September 23rd will bring down the first official shovels as we hit the ground up on Skyline Corner. Come join us as we work on this world class trail system! When: Sunday, September 23rd, 2012. Crews start at 9am and 12:30pm for 3 hour trail building sessions. Where: Skyline Corner, junction of 2N06 and 2N10. Plenty of parking, but consider carpooling or riding your bike. Carpool: Meet at Bear Mountain [...]

Local Users Advise the Trails Foundation

On Tuesday, September 11th the Trails Foundation and special guests took over the upstairs of Captain's Anchorage. Dinner, drinks, and the promise of Big Bear trail news brought together a key group of influential local trail users. Our goal: listen to their feedback and get them involved in the challenging trail based projects headed towards the Big Bear Valley. In attendance were the following: Big Bear Trail Users: Allan Laframboise Derek Hermon Heather Devito Jack Bailey Michael Mursick Paul Romero Rob Carpenter Sheri Mursick Tom Spiegel IMBA: Shane Wilson Trails Foundation: Siri Eggebraten Phil Hamilton Driz Cook TRAIL NEWS We [...]

August 2012

Summer 2012 Newsletter

As the summer of 2012 closes down on us, here’s a summary of trail related news for the Big Bear Valley. JUNE Economics of Big Bear Trails The Trails Foundation hosted a presentation about the economic benefits of trails by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Southwest Region Director Patrick Kell. Bottom line: trails generate revenue, raise property values, and are a lot more than fun strips of dirt through the forest! Kick and Flick The Trails Foundation hosted a well attended evening at Northwoods Resort. The event was designed to celebrate the signing of a Decision by District Ranger Scott [...]

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#OptOutside: Find Trails & Get Inspired

How often do you see a company discouraging shopping during the holidays? REI's #OptOutside campaign is a beautiful thing, reminding us to BAG THE LINES and HIT THE TRAILS. As a member-owned co-op, ... See more

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We have a new adopter! ExoDux will be officially looking after the 1.5 mile section of Skyline just east of Clark's Grade. The commitment comes easy for owner and longtime local cyclist Jeff Sayegh, ... See more

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We are incredibly fortunate to have the City of Big Bear Lake working hard to connect the valley by trail. Today they were fortunate to receive a site visit for a grant they've been working on for ... See more

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HIGH TRAILS Outdoor Science School went pedal to the metal recently with a 3 day operation on Wildhorse Trail. This resulted in 191 volunteer man hours that has brought that trail to a high standard ... See more

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Over the weekend our Trails Coordinator attended the Trail Stewardship Summit put on by San Diego Mountain Biking Association and the Forest Service. It was a multi day event filled with education, ... See more

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We are pleased to announce that Bosch Global, leading ebike motor manufacturer, is the financial adopter of the top half of Fall Line!

Wait, an ebike company adopting a non-motorized trail? ... See more

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3 weeks ago
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This group put the cherry on top of the realigned Cabin 89 Trail! Thanks to our volunteers who constructed a technical -alternate- line in a sustainable fashion at the top of the trail. And a big ... See more

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4 weeks ago
Cabin 89 Realignment Finish Work

Everyone! Come out this Sunday, 3-6pm, to finish the realignment work on Cabin 89. The Southern California Mountains Foundation's Trails Coordinator and AmeriCorps completed most of the work, now it ... See more

Everyone! Come out this Sunday, 3-6pm, to finish the realignment work on Cabin 89. The @[71901769730:274:Southern California Mountains Foundation]'s Trails Coordinator and AmeriCorps completed most ... See more

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Imagine... all trail users living in harmony. We do! Patterning after other similar, successful programs, we are eager to pilot our own Bike Bell program here in Big Bear. Thanks to the Big Bear ... See more

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Imagine... all trail users living in harmony. We do! Patterning after other similar, successful programs, we are eager to pilot our own Bike Bell program here in Big Bear. Thanks to the Big Bear ... See more

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