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July 2012

Shovels, South Shore, and Skyline. 7/14/2012

Come on, come all, and help us get this thing started. It's turned into a complete rethinking of the South Shore Trail System, and, fortunately, we have IMBA's help! Join us on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm to get your hands dirty, learn something about trail building, and rework the worked out sections of the Fern Trail. This is "Trail Building 101", so we'll start with the basics under the tutelage of Mr. Patrick Kell, regional director of the International Mountain Biking Association. Here's the dirt: What: Skyline & South Shore Trail Work and Play Day The day includes training [...]

Allan’s Trail: Build Singletrack!!!

Despite working 40 hours a week as a GIS programmer, Allan Laframboise spends his spare time wisely. He has been building singletrack trails with the Boy Scouts out near Jenks Lake, talking with the city of Loma Linda about signing the trails at Hulga Crooks Park, supporting the non-profit group www.bikeforbender.com, and racing his 29" single speed bike in the pro class. Whew. What is particularly motivating about Allan is his message: "You haven't lived until you've built a mile of singletrack". With all of the work headed our way for the South Shore and Skyline Trails, this is a [...]

June 2012

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 like!   Jonathan makes his living as a stock and fine art photographer. As he explains it, he's got a front yard full of flowers and will often watch them for hours on end waiting for the perfect moment when they open up and show [...]

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 job Trails Foundation.

May 2012

New Big Bear Trail and Mountain Bike Documentary Event

Foundation kicks off new trail & premieres documentary The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation will celebrate the kickoff of construction on the Skyline Trail and premiere the award-winning documentary Pedal-Driven on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Skyline Trail, the first new trail in the Big Bear Lake area in almost 2 decades, is a 15 mile world-class multi-use single track planned along the top of the San Bernardino Mountains between the Big Bear and Santa Ana River Valleys in the San Bernardino National Forest. Skyline will offer stunning panoramic views, promote responsible forest stewardship, and attract visitors from far and wide. [...]

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. You folks are just amazing. Thankʼs to Maggioʼs for their support of our event. Denise and her entire staff were great. Thanks to the marvelous entertainers who came out to share their talent with all of us. The consummate pianoman Mike Cross, on guitar and [...]

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 of the Big Bear Grizzly, and was graciously sponsored by OMYA, a company that produces calcium carbonate close to Big Bear. Learn more about OMYA.    

April 2012

Kick and Flick

Join us for the Skyline Trail Kick-Off Celebration featuring the Inland Empire Premiere of Pedal Driven. download the flyer here

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 bike shop owners, Trails Foundation Board members, USFS staff, and ski areas officials (come on guys...opening these slopes would bring in revenue to our town!) while he is in town. The goal of this visit is to get to know Mr. Koll and the work [...]

Get Involved with Tour of California!

Here is your opportunity to get involved! The Amgen Tour of California (Professional Bike Race) is coming to Big Bear on Friday, May 18th. Stage 6 finish of the 8 stage road race is at Snow Summit! The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation will be once again providing a “free”, (donations are always accepted), Bike Valet Service for the day of the event! There will be NO PLACE TO PARK A CAR at Snow Summit. The parking area will be full with vendors, race support teams, media and hospitality tents. We are encouraging everyone to park somewhere offsite and ride [...]

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December 2011

Why Big Bear Is Cool #6: Holiday Traffic Jams

The holidays always bring various levels of pain and pleasure. Seeing your daughter ride her new bike for the first time: pleasure. Watching your brother in-law wince as he tries to drink a little spiked eggnog: pleasure. Driving into a tourist town at any moment between December 20th and January 2nd: pain. A whole heck of a lot of it. However, some times the pain is necessary... We live on the outskirts of town and can usually avoid the craziness of the supermarkets, the boulevard, and the village if we plan ahead. However, when the family comes to our house, [...]

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 Installation Guide IMBA Trail Difficulty Ratings and Signs Carsonite brand signage US Forest Service National Trail Drawings and Specifications with specific sign and post installation Also check out the American Trails Resources and Library and Three Elements of Sustainable Trails.

November 2011

Numbers, Numbers…who’s got the Numbers?

I would guess all of you that use the trails in and around Big Bear have wondered what kind of use they actually get.   The Trail Foundation has asked that same question.  And as you all should know we don’t just ask those questions but we try and find and answer.   With the help of Audrey Scranton, one of our Foundation Board member and a retired USFS professional, we were able to acquire the use of a trail counting device.  We decided to install it on the Pedal Path and just see what kind of numbers it generated.  We were [...]

We kept riding, through the rain, through the mud…

So I had this amazing idea (or so I thought) that myself, Peter, Colin and Driz should form a team and go race at the 12 hours of Temecula mountain bike race at Vail Lake Resort in Southern California. Everyone agreed and was as crazy as I so we made plans to race, and to wear our trails foundation jerseys in the process! Well Colin dropped out because he was in a wedding, a valid excuse, so in stepped Dawn, Driz’s awesome wife, and we had our team. For those that dont know what kind of race a 12 hour [...]

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, supplied nourishment to, and cheered on runners tackling 15k, 30k, and 50k across the north facing slope of the San Bernardino Mountains above Big Bear Lake. A heartfelt and enthusiastic thank you goes out to Paul Senft, Susan Piestrup, Lynn and Carla Segrest, Cassie and [...]

October 2011

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 pull out near the trail head and hiking it as soon as I thought about it. I didnt have my hiking shoes, just water shoes from Keen. Luckily Keen makes an awesome water shoe that you can hike in, because I did and they were [...]

Pacific Crest Trail Maintenance Fun

The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation cleared a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail this past Sunday, October 23rd. The area of the PCT was south of Hanna Flat Campground, in a beautiful area with views of Holcomb Valley and the Butler 2 Fire. A large portion of the trail had buckthorn growing onto it, so crews attacked and pushed the buckthorn back. Peter did a wonderful job organizing the effort, and Siri, the USFS Certified Sawyer cleared some down trees. Tiger and Parker the dogs even joined the fun, getting nice and muddy in some of the streams. A [...]

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 us, has to report to someone up the ladder. And, reading between the lines, what those people up high are saying goes something like this..."You all want to build a new trail? Fine. But first, we have to address all of the illegal trails that [...]

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 was conducted by the USFS and the public was invited to send any comments or concerns about this proposed project to them.  At a recent meeting with USFS staff we were advised that no significant negative input had been received.  This is very good news [...]

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Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

The Adopt-A-Trail program is in full swing this weekend, starting off with Bike For Bender who went light and fast, clearing brush on their -entire- 3 mile section of SART bright and early this ... See more

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Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo

Come join the Grizzly 100 crew as they work on the bottom section of 7 Oaks!

Come join the Big Bear Mountian Bike Gran Fondo / Grizzly 100 for a 7 Oaks trail day this Sunday at 2:00pm at the bottom of 7 Oaks trail. Comment if you're interested in coming so we can have an idea ... See more

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Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo

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Come join the Big Bear Mountian Bike Gran Fondo / Grizzly 100 for a 7 Oaks trail day this Sunday at 2:00pm at the bottem of 7 Oaks trail. Comment if you're interested in coming so we can have an idea ... See more

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1 week ago
Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Towne Trail got a clean up and is looking dapper thanks to Chains Required Bike Shop! Thanks to Jack and Rick for coming out and making a solid impact on their trail. They buttoned up a seepage they ... See more

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1 week ago

Heads up!

The Lake Fire Hazardous Tree Removal project has begun along forest roads 1N05 and 1N05C. This is a part of the Lake Fire Restoration Project and implementation will continue through ... See more

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Our work with the Southern California Mountains Foundation on the Cabin 89 realignment is moving right along, thanks to the strong crew from the community that showed up last night to survey it's ... See more

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

The historic Cabin 89 trail is set to receive another realignment, this time on the top section right off of FSRD 2N17. As much fun as this iconic section is, and as sad as it is to see it moved, its ... See more

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Photos from Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation's post

Big shout out to one of our newest adopters, Cyclery USA! They've answered the call to maintain the Santa Ana River Trail from Glass Road east to the first spur. Recently they formed a small task ... See more

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1 month ago
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Press Release: Local Race Promoter Organizes Fundraiser for Big Bear Trails

Big Bear Lake, California. Back on July 30th, 2017, the first Mountaintop Trail Rally was held to raise funds specifically ... See more

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1 month ago
Mountaintop Trail Rally – Wild World of MTB

Here is a small write and photos from the Mountaintop Rally Time Trial.

By ScratchyAugust 5, 20170 News Photos Mountaintop Trail Rally We were out at Snow Summit in Bear Bear on Sun August 5th volunteering for the 1st Annual Mountaintop Rally MTB Time Trial put on by the ... See more

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