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Mergers in the Mountains

Mergers in the Mountains! After a heck of a lot of spirited debate, the Board of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation has voted to officially become a program of the Southern California Mountains Foundation. We have always worked closely with the SCMF, and the last couple of years have seen non-stop super-close partnership and [...]

Trail Tales: Newsletter Summer 2017

As I approach my first anniversary as Big Bear’s Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator, I want to- share that I have been truly amazed and humbled by the amount of participation, in all forms and capacities, of all those who have engaged themselves in helping to improve and shape Big Bear’s trail system. We have such a [...]

Happy Hills Trail Ribbon Cutting

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1 Trail Law Primer

Trail Laws Gathering and understanding information that will aid the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation in designing a Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Network Plan for our area of the San Bernardino National Forest. What do laws have to do with trails? Plenty, especially when you live in an area where the largest public landholder by far [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

Field Assessment Data Collection

Currently available GIS Information includes all known routes in the forest, both system and non-system. Using this information as a basis, all non-system routes will be field verified and data will be collected. If additional routes are discovered, they will be walked and collected for insertion into GIS data set. Primary Objective: collect data on [...]

Trail Work 2015

  The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation invites you to come wield a rake, mccleod, pulaski or shovel and get a bit dirty doing some good on the trails. 2015 Schedule Trail Work on Siberia Creek: May 16th. Big trails, big views, big commitment. This will be a full day of hiking down to our [...]

1.7 USFS National Budget Justification

The United States Forest Service budget is available online here.  The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Justification is a 547 page document that discusses the rationale for money spent on our National Forests. Below are selected excerpts that address the Capital Improvement and Maintenance of Trails. This is good background information that explains the trails program [...]

Trails Update: Heading into Summer 2015

Most of the trail time this year has been spent exploring potential new trails and pouring over trail laws and regulations. Here we go... Big Bear Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Network Plan Big push right now is a long term trail network that connects all of the Big Bear Valley. This plan will utilize existing system [...]

1.6 Databases: Natural Resource Manager

The Natural Resource Manager (NRM) is a system of database tools for managing Agency data across the Forest Service. Natural Resource Manager includes: Forest Service ACtivity Tracking System (FACTS), Infrastructure (Infra), Natural Resource Information System (NRIS), and Timber Information Manager (TIM) applications. NRM applications provide tools for most of the agency's natural resource business areas. [...]

Can Erosion and Illegal Trails Get Along?

By Caroline Blake At the University of Vermont (UVM), I remember not wanting to walk on the concrete sidewalk between the Student Center and the Library because it was not convenient. Instead, I joined thousands of other students who took the shortcut straight across the grass of the University Green. In time our beautiful green [...]

Newsletter: The Plan for 2015

Right now most of the activity is office based, planning out projects, talking to people, and getting organized. Soon, though, there will be action. Here's what's on tap for 2015: Big Bear Non-Motorized Recreational Trail Network Plan We've had a good amount of trail building happen over the last several years, and while it's exciting, [...]

2.5 Schedule of Proposed Actions – SOPA

What is a SOPA? As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency resource specialists develop proposals that will enhance or maintain resource values on public lands, as well as generate products. In addition, the public may submit proposals for various uses such as rights-of-way, land exchanges, and recreational events. A necessary [...]

2.1 Land Management Plan Decision, Vision and Design

A Land Management Plan (LMP) is required by the 1976 National Forest Management Act. This document describes the goals, objectives, and management direction for each part of the National Forest System. The four national forests in southern California adopted revised Land Management Plans in April of 2006. Here are the parts of the Land Management [...]

1.9 How to Enact CHANGE!

Now that we've gone through a completely intimdating and overwhelming amount of information, we've still somehow got to find the energy to actually do something. Going back to the Trails Management Handbook, there is actually a section that details how to start the change; through applicable NEPA procedures. NEPA The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [...]

1.3 Trail Fundamentals

Does Every Trail Have To Be Smooth And Easy With No Rocks? Trail Fundamentals tells us that it's ok for some trails to be flat and easy and have tons of directional signage. It's also perfectly alright if other trails have logs across them, rough creek crossings, and signs only at the trailheads. This information [...]

1.2 USFS Trails Management Handbook

There is a large wealth of information readily available to the public on the USFS website; it just takes a bit of digging, and a lot of reading, to understand what is there. The first place to start is the official Trails Managment Handbook. This is a 35 page document that explains start to finish [...]

1.1 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation. [...]

Skyline Trail

Trail Name: Skyline Forest Service Designation: Total Distance: Overview: Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: Possible Loops / Variations: Trailhead and Parking: Trail Etiquette: Always be courteous to other trail users. All users yield to equestrians, with cyclists also yielding to hikers. Travel only at safe speeds, and stay on designated trails to [...]

15 Miles of Skyline Complete. Whew.

September 27th saw our final volunteer push to open up the last bit of the Skyline Trail. We all worked for 3 hours, and then just about 50 people witnessed as Gary Keller (BBVTF) and Jeanette Granger (USFS) cut the dual ribbons, marking 2 years and countless hours of work to get this wonderful trail [...]

Final Build Days on Skyline Trail

After more than 2 years of work, we're within sight of finally finishing the Skyline Trail! Please come join us and help finish off this trail: September 10: Evening session 5-6:30pm September 13: Morning session 9am-noon September 24: Evening session 5-6:30pm September 27: Morning session 9am-noon. These are your last chances to be involved in [...]

July Newsletter

First off, North Skyline is just about open and ridable. Secondly, we've got "You Are Here" trail maps up all over the South Shore area. Thirdly, we're starting to figure out the potentials for a new trail up the western side of Sugarloaf Peak...Sugarlump Ridge. Before we go into details, though, we need your help [...]

1st Six Months of 2014 Trail Work

To date in 2014, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation has invested 250 hours of volunteer labor into the trails of Big Bear. This does not include any of our administrative time, meetings, or National Trails Day (which was a huge chunk all by itself). We're getting there. If you haven't joined us yet this [...]

Skyline Status 6/15/2014

Two new miles of singletrack have officially been added to Big Bear's South Shore trail system. Eastern Skyline, dubbed the Plumber's Section because of an older non-system trail originally in the vicinity, offers a connection between Upper Skyline and Fern Trail that keeps you off Forest Road 2N10. Right now the trail is rough, with [...]

National Trails Day Event June 7th

Celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering to help develop trails in Big Bear! Build new sections of the Skyline Trail in the morning, enjoy a complimentary lunch, and then join us on an afternoon guided mountain bike ride. Participating volunteers will receive a free scenic sky chair access pass which can be redeemed the day [...]

Trail Reports and Repair 2014

It's time to clean up our trails after the winter season. We need your help! Step One: Report Trees down, sections washed out, overgrowth areas. Emergency repairs needed get trails back in usable condition. From the PCT to Skyline, we need to know what you're seeing out there that needs help. Step Two: Repair We'll [...]

Winter 2014 Trails Update

Here's what's happening with the trails right now in Big Bear: Weather: very little snow. Trails that are normally covered in 3 feet of snow have been open all winter. While we're enjoying biking at 8,000 feet on Skyline in January, the joy is tempered a bit by the realization that we'll probably somehow have [...]

Get Involved in 2014: Our Projects

Monday, November 11th, 2013 brought a whole slew of excited people to the upstairs of the Captain's Anchorage, where we talked shop about trails in Big Bear. As we move forward into 2014 and a brand new year for the Trails Foundation, here's what's on our plate: 2014 Projects NEW TRAILS Obtain approvals for Sugarloaf [...]

Skyline Update 11/17/2013

Here's the official update  on Skyline Trail, as of 11/17/2013: The Trails Foundation rented a mini-excavator for a week and rough cut 8/10 of a mile of fresh trail. Similar to the process on Upper Skyline, this machine rough cut still needs a good amount of hand work and compaction to be ready for use. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

PCT Cushenbury to Holcomb Creek

Trail Name: Pacific Crest Trail Forest Service Designation: PCT 2000 Total Distance: 19.6 miles Overview: The Pacific Crest Trail is a national scenic trail from Mexico and Canada, over 2,650 miles of trail with approximately 40 miles running through the Big Bear Valley. The trail goes from the north desert entrance of Big Bear out along the [...]

Castle Rock Trail

Trail Name: Castle Rock Forest Service Designation: 1W03 Total Distance: 1.3 miles Overview: short steep hike up to a beautiful rocky crag with great views of Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced. Activities: Hiking. Horses and Bikes are possible, but difficult because of the steep and rocky terrain. Trail Type: 100% Singletrack Description: Possible [...]

Seven Oaks

Trail Name: Seven Oaks Forest Service Designation: 0E01 Total Distance: 2 miles Overview: Steep trail from the Skyline Ridge down into the Santa Ana River Valley. Difficulty: Advanced. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: 100% Singletrack Description: Begin at the benches where Skyline Trail, Pine Knot Trail, Grandview Point Trail, and Seven Oaks Trail [...]

Fish Creek to Bean Spur

NOTE - this area is in the burn area of the Lake Fire 2015, and access road 1N05 is closed until December of 2018. Trail Name: Fish Creek to Bean Spur Forest Service Designation: 1N05 to 1N37 Total Distance: 9.2 mi Overview: loop of fire roads in the Heart Bar area with beautiful views and [...]

Woodland Trail

Trail Name: Woodland Trail Forest Service Designation: 1E23 Total Distance: 1.5 miles Overview: short interpretive trail very close to Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes. Bikes please stay off during busy times. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: Possible Loops / Variations: Trailhead and Parking: Large signed parking lot on [...]

Heartbreak Ridge and Rattlesnake Canyon

Trail Name: Heartbreak Ridge and Rattlesnake Canyon Forest Service Designation:  2N61Y, 2N02, 2N70Y, 2N01 Total Distance: 6.9 miles Overview: Seldom visited 4x4 roads through the desert east of Big Bear. Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes. Trail Type: Dirt road. Description: Start on the rocky and steep Heartbreak Ridge 4x4 Trail, 2N61Y, [...]

Little Bear Peak

Trail Name: Little Bear Peak Forest Service Designation: 2N84, 2N84A Total Distance: Overview: Short and steep trail up to an open, rocky point with views of both Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: Dirt Road. Description: Start at the rough dirt road 2N84, off the left [...]

Santa Ana River Trail – 16 Mile Version

Name: Santa Ana River Trail (SART) Forest Service Designation: 2E03 Distance: 16 miles one way Overview: Scenic Trail cutting along the sides of steep ridges in the Santa Ana River Valley Difficulty: Intermediate Activities: Hiking, Horses and Biking Trail Type: 98% Single Track Description: An EPIC trail with tons of variations. The Santa Ana River [...]

Camp Creek Trail

Trail Name: Camp Creek Trail Forest Service Designation: 2N97 Total Distance: 6 miles round trip Overview: Steep and scenic trail that takes you down to flowing Bear Creek. Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: The Camp Creek trail starts at Forest Road 2N97 directly off of State [...]

South Fork Trail

Trail Name: Poopout Hill via Jenks Lake/South Fork Forest Service Designation: 1E04 Total Distance: 3.8 miles one way Overview: scenic trail that takes you past Jenks Lake to the edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area Difficulty: Moderate Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes and motorized vehicles not permitted on South Fork Trail. Trail Type: Graded [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 were part [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]