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November 2019

Trails Coordinator Update 10/5-11/16

Big Bear Trails Supporter, The Discovery Center, which has been the longtime office space for the So. Cal. Mountains Foundation, is now closed. It is closed well into next year for renovations that will allow the Forest Service to relocate it's offices there permanently. To accommodate this process, all SCMF offices have been temporarily relocated to the Forest Service offices next door. We had to say goodbye to our office... High Trails Outdoor Science School fulfilled their Adopt-A-Trail commitments by taking their staff to work on the Sugarloaf Trail and the upper section of the Santa Ana River Trail. They [...]

October 2019

Trails Coordinator Update 10/2-10/5

Big Bear Trails Supporter, Quick update- Tom Spiegel of Team Big Bear held his second Big Bear Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Dinner on Wednesday, October 2, at Nottingham's. Stellar evening with all in attendance, as Larry Longo, the Cook Family (Driz, Dawn, Aaron, Maddy) and the late Dick Kun were inducted into the Hall of Fame! To top it off, all proceeds went towards our Trails Program. Thanks to Tom and of course the inductees for all they have done and continue to do for our valley. As of last Saturday, we have 8 new, solid Trail Hosts! Welcome [...]

Trails Coordinator Update – September 2019

Big Bear Trails Supporter, Good things have happened since the last update. Here’s a quick snapshot- The Santa Ana River Trail suffered catastrophic damage last winter at 4 critical areas that caused the USFS to officially close a large portion of the trail. On September 21, a group of volunteers organized and lead by Driz Cook, spent a full day repairing those 4 areas with total success! To top it off, at the end of the work day, local Bruce Gibson, owner of the local Domino’s Pizza and longtime financial adopter of the Castle Rock Trail, hand delivered pizza for [...]

September 2019

Trail Work on PCT This Saturday 9/28

Big Bear Trails Supporter, Celebrate National Public Lands Day and join the greater trails community as we take to the Pacific Crest Trail this Saturday, 9/28. We will be meeting at this location at 8:30am and heading east towards Highway 18. Work will stop after a few hours of work. This section of the PCT is in need of heavy brush cutting, basic tread work and a general spruce up. Many hands make light work and but also a bigger impact, so please join us if you can! We will have refreshments and cold drinks afterwards. Feel free to reach me with [...]

Save SART… This Saturday!

Big Bear Trails Supporter, Help save SART this Saturday. Thank you all for your support! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! Bennett Rossell Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator Southern California Mountains Foundation

Save SART! Saturday September 21st

Save SART! The Santa Ana River Trail Saturday September 21st The upper Santa Ana River Trail, from South Fork Campground down to Glass Road, was slammed by the 2019 Valentines Day Storm. Massive amounts of rain wiped out sections of trail.   Join us to repair this epic trail! Meet at South Fork Trail Head Upper SART at 8am. Bring work clothes, gloves, water, lunch & snacks. Tools and instruction provided.We will hike down the trail to the damaged sections, work our magic, and then hike back out around 4pm. Can’t be there the whole time but want to give back [...]

Trails Fundraiser Dinner: Big Bear Mountain Bike Legends Chainring of Honor Induction

BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN BIKE LEGENDS CHAINRING OF HONOR INDUCTION Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:30 p.m. Nottinghams The Big Bear Mountain Bike Legends are happy to announce the 2019 Chainring of Honor Inductees. The 2019 Inductees are Dick Kun, Larry Longo, and the Cook Family; Driz, Dawn, Aaron, and Madeleine (Maddy). Dick Kun played an instrumental and significant role in the growth of mountain biking at Snow Summit, in Big Bear, and at ski resorts across the country. With a push from Pat Follett, Dick blessed putting hooks on the chair and transporting mountain bikes up the chair lift. Snow Summit [...]

August 2019

Trails Coordinator Update 8/21-8/30

Big Bear Trails Supporter, What’s gone down since the last update: Last Saturday Trail Hosts and community members trimmed back overgrown vegetation on the Pacific Crest Trail, in a northeast direction from Bertha Peak road. It was basic but much needed work. As you know, 9 new trailhead signs have been delivered to their respective locations. Thanks entirely to the Forest Service, two have been installed; one at Aspen Glen and another at Champion Lodgepole. If you’ve seen either/both of these, what do you think? I like all types of feedback. See you out there, Bennett [...]

On the Trail

Community planning requires patience, but in the long run it pays off and can be very rewarding. Twelve years ago I attended a meeting chaired by Phil Hamilton to discuss future trails throughout Big Bear Valley. The group was formed as an ad hoc committee of the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District and took the name of the Trails Coalition. After a year of discussing how we could improve public access and identification of the trails throughout the Valley it was decided that the group should form as a nonprofit and hence became the [...]

June 2019

On the Trail with the Southern California Mountains Foundation

Summer fun has started at Snow Summit. We are currently in our early season operations (Friday through Sunday), Closed Monday through Thursday. Starting Friday, June 14, Snow Summit is open for daily operations through Labor Day Monday. Currently we have Going Green, Small Wonder, Turtle Trail, Westridge, Party Wave and Miracle Mile mountain bike trails open. We also have the Log Chute hiking trail open for daily hikes to the Skyline Restaurant at the top of chair 1. We are constructing Globo Gym, Average Joes and our base area activation for mountain bikes. We have received approval [...]

April 2019

Keep it nonmotorized on nonmotorized trails

Technology seems to be disrupting nearly every aspect of our lives these days. I’m barely old enough to remember that finding information and answers meant physically finding the right book or person. Today, I can remain draped over the couch and speak to a phone that does the all that for me remarkably well. Similarly, and in an odd twist, I remember the day when bicycles were just … bicycles. Those, it turns out, were the good ‘ol days. Several years ago bicycle manufacturers began introducing electric bicycles to the U.S. market. E-bikes, as they are commonly known, are traditional [...]

February 2019

On the Trail By Bennett Rossell

We are having a stellar winter season here in Big Bear. The lake is filling up and businesses are seeing good numbers. Folks are experiencing the very best Big Bear has to offer in the winter wonderland that is our National Forest. These are good times, for sure. They do not come without a price, though. Storms have damaged homes, wiped out roads and caused all sorts of delays. Nobody needs to be reminded of the pieces and piles of snow play trash everywhere. The same type of damage we see around town have no [...]

January 2019

On the trail with Bennett Rossell

Some time ago the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation submitted a New Trails Plan that proposed around 100 miles of new trails be introduced to the Forest Service trail system in the Valley. This would address the trail deficit in the Valley, meaning the current system isn’t meeting the needs of the people — and consequently neither was it meeting the forest’s needs. The professional grade plan would update the system by connecting neighborhoods and communities by (existing or not-yet-existing) mountain singletrack, disperse use, reduce conflict, and most importantly, protect mother nature through socially and environmentally sustainable plans and trails. [...]

December 2018

On the trail with Bennett Rossell

Winter takes many different forms here in Big Bear. Some winters we get dumped on and the stoke can be felt in the neighborhoods. Other winters are bone dry, and the lines at the post office become one continuous no-snow winter support group. Nevertheless, we’re fortunate to have and experience four seasons up here, if not for a bit more solitude out on the trails. They have their seasons, too, each offering their own unique experience for the user. Here are a few great ways to catch a trail experience in Big Bear this winter: Snowshoe [...]

United for Trails

Years back a few locals found the Seven Oaks trail in a state of disrepair. It was on Forest Service maps but far from useable. Hellbent, they took matters into their own hands and approached the Forest Service to see how it could be reopened. The Forest Service said that it could be done and, better yet, they would allow those volunteers to lead the effort under certain conditions and within certain parameters. Those locals got to talking and, fast forward — the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation was born to enlist the help of [...]

October 2018

A new, sustainable Cougar Crest Trail

Like most things we use often and want to keep around, trails in our San Bernardino National Forest require routine maintenance. When left alone, nature takes its course and they can become dilapidated. When used often by humans, trails are susceptible to a multitude of problems like litter, shirt-cutting and soil displacement. When you combine both causes, things can go south in a hurry. This is why the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation and Souther California Mountains Foundation working with the United States Forest service enlist the help of staff and volunteers to provide trail maintenance efforts on all of [...]

February 2018

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 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 [...]

August 2017

Local Race Promoter Organizes Fundraiser for Big Bear Trails

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

May 2017

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 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 [...]

March 2017

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 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 [...]

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, 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 [...]

January 2017

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 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. [...]

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 to the agenda. Contact us here – hello@trailsfoundation.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 [...]

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 to the agenda. Contact us here – hello@trailsfoundation.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 [...]

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