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 collaboration. The goal is to leverage the government relationships and business infrastructure of the Mountains Foundation, and use it to push forward the agenda of the Trails Foundation. Which is all things trails in Big Bear. We don't think you'll see much difference, other than [...]
E-Bike Route Suggestions E-Bikes aren't allowed on US Forest Service non-motorized trails, but there are still wonderful places to take these machines! Travel farther and faster than you would on a normal bicycle, see more than you would in a car or truck, and hear more of the natural sounds around you than you would on a motorcycle. Here are some starter suggestions for you: John Bull Holcomb Valley: 14 mile loop starting at bottom of Van Dusen Canyon. Dirt roads leading through historic Holcomb Valley, with interpretive areas available to stop and learn. John Bull is a technical 4x4 [...]
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 for non-motorized recreational trails in the Big Bear Valley. Local Race Promoter Team Big Bear, owned and led by Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Tom Spiegel, was the lead driver of the event, and says "We've always helped out behind the scenes, but it's time people see us event promoters giving back more visibly". After all of the event costs were subtracted, the total amount raised was $8,242, a [...]
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 strong community of trail users, both locally and regionally, that understand that these are our mountains and our trails and have stepped up to be their stewards. If you are reading this, thank you for your commitment to making an impact. It's been a busy [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 [...]
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 – email@example.com. 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 [...]
Most of you have never been on this trail. And you're missing out. Mike Carter and his crew from the Kodiak 100 have helped out greatly in the last couple of years in opening up this rough-shod trail and making it actually a usable trail. Get out there and see it!
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: https://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 [...]
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!!!!
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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:
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 [...]
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 - firstname.lastname@example.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