As the summer of 2012 closes down on us, here’s a summary of trail related news for the Big Bear Valley. JUNE Economics of Big Bear Trails The Trails Foundation hosted a presentation about the economic benefits of trails by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Southwest Region Director Patrick Kell. Bottom line: trails generate revenue, raise property values, and are a lot more than fun strips of dirt through the forest! Kick and Flick The Trails Foundation hosted a well attended evening at Northwoods Resort. The event was designed to celebrate the signing of a Decision by District Ranger Scott [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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 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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Its time for the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation famous fund raiser...The date is Tuesday May 1, 2011, from 5-8 at Maggios. Great food, great music great prizes. More details will follow. BUT GET THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS RIGHT NOW !!!!! -Phil
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]