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June 2012

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

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 [...]

Pedal Path Paved

All of us know what a great asset the Pedal Path on the North Shore is for our Valley. No it’s not a great challenging path for strong hikers or riders. It is just a great path for families and folks who want a nice hike or ride along the lake. And I am sure we have all been concerned about the poor condition of the path. YEA for USFS. It has now been patched and repaired and is ready for winter. Thanks to those folks for getting the job done. I would add that this is going to be [...]

Trail Work: 10/23

Come join the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, meet some locals, see a different area of Big Bear, rehabilitate a trail, and do some good! We’ll be heading out to a section of the Pacific Crest Trail above Fawnskin and YMCA Camp Whittle on Sunday, October 23rd. Seems that last winter, and the fire burns, have wreaked havoc on the PCT and the Forest Service just doesn’t have the tax dollars to maintain it in perfect condition. So…we’re going to pitch in and help out a bit. Meet at the Fawnskin Triangle at 9am with dirty work clothes, gloves, water [...]

September 2011

Another Night of Trail Work

We made it out to the 7 Oaks trail again last Wednesday for a productive hour or so of trail maintenance. It’s amazing how much you can get done in a short amount of time. It’s equally amazing how much fun this “work” can be! We’ll keep rocking the Wednesday night fun fests, so get involved! Meet at Aspen Glen Picnic Area Wednesday at 5 pm ready to ride your bike up to 7 Oaks Trail (5 miles round trip). OR Meet at Upper 7 Oaks Trailhead Wednesday at 5:30pm. We’ll work, get dirty, and laugh for a solid hour [...]

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New Trail Plan

Speak Now and have your Voice Be Heard!
Wednesday, March 22nd NEW TRAILS PLAN OPEN HOUSE information avaliable from 4:30-5:30pm at the Discovery Center, on North Shore Drive in Big Bear

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Big Bear Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Network Plan Big Bear is a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Area This means that a lot of people and their houses meet up with undeveloped forest. "The WUI is ... See more

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Help us report trail conditions this spring and enter to win a $160 Five Ten Gift Card!

After a massive Big Bear winter, you can bet that our trails will need some extra care this spring- and we ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

New Trails Plan Open House Next Wednesday, 3/22, 4:30-5:30pm Discovery Center

Working together with the Southern California Mountains Foundation, we here at the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation ... See more

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

BIG THINGS are developing in Big Bear! This week we had the opportunity to spend time with Regional Forest Service staff. Day one we gave a presentation on our future trails project as well as the ... See more

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4 weeks ago
70 more miles added to Greater Prescott Trails

It Ain't Fair Big Bear! Why does Prescott, AZ get all the New Trails?

According to this article, Prescott now has 300 miles of trail in their immediate forest area, with 70 miles of this just added ... See more

In 2008, a group of citizens, forest users, and local, state and federal government entities collaborated on a project to understand what recreation activities visitors enjoyed and where demand was ... See more

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1 month ago

Cushtenbury Point, Hwy 18.
Big Bear to Barstow, 62mi.

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

Big thanks to our local Dominos businessman Bruce for adopting a local trail! Trails feed our souls and Bruce feeds the people who take care of our trails. It's the circle of life. Thank you Bruce!

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1 month ago
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Board of Directors Meets this Wednesday to Review First Draft of New Trail Plan

We've been talking about this for a long while, and it's getting closer. The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Board ... See more

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1 month ago
H.R.845 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

BIG BEAR IS AHEAD OF THE GAME! Did you know Congress passed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act that, among other things, requires the Forest Service to increase the number of ... See more

Summary of H.R.845 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

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rathbuncorridor.com

We are really excited about the work the City of Big Bear Lake is doing! Join them (and us) at their open house today starting at 3:30 to learn about the exciting Rathbun Corridor. ... See more

Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan

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