Tag: Trails

Winter Trails Day: Enjoy the Wilderness in the Winter!

Big Bear, Ca, January 2, 2012 – This Saturday, celebrate the great outdoors at Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Local organizations, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, Open Air Big Bear, City of Big Bear Lake, Rim Nordic, North Shore Trading Co, and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association will partner with the National Forest Association and REI to host a day dedicated to Winter Trails, and winter outdoor activities.  The event which will start at 10:00am will feature Snowshoe Demos, a presentation by the City of Big Bear Lake on the Master Plan of Trails Process, a snowshoe hike, animal tracking, a 100 yard Snowshoe Dash, and nature walks.  The event is free to attend, and is great for families.  If you haven’t tried snowshoeing yet, and are interested in finding out more information about the growing sport, this event is the perfect place to find out more information.  Snowshoeing is an excellent form of low-risk, low impact aerobic exercise that can help improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness as well as burn calories. REI will also host “A Leave No Trace Plan Ahead and Prepare” presentation geared for outdoor winter sports; winter backpack campsite demo, and host prizes for games such as “guess the weight of the backpack”.  For more information go to...

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Master Plan of Trails Process Discussed at Planning Commission

Big Bear, Ca, November 15, 2011, 12:00pm – Earlier this year the City of Big Bear Lake was awarded a grant from Cal Trans to develop a Master Plan of Trails for pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trails on the valley floor.  Siri Eggebraten, city planner responsible for the grant, will be presenting on the Master Plan of Trails process at the Planning Commission meeting, which will take place tomorrow/ today at Hofert Hall at 1:15pm.  Eggebraten will be presenting the planning process, including the scope of work, the need for advisory committees, and public participation. The goal for the Master Plan is to produce a document that will list and prioritize pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian projects on the valley floor with connections to the National Forest, resources for active and healthy lifestyles, to act as stewards of natural resources including habitat conservation, and to make city partners such as the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation eligible for future grants to construct trails and paths.  Eggebraten told KBHR that public participation will be very important in the planning process.  Those interested in hearing more about the Master Plan of Trails and how they can get involved are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting, as everyone is welcome to...

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Bike Riders Speak In Favor Of Skyline Trail

Big Bear, Ca, August 22, 2011, 1:00pm – On Saturday, August 20th the US Forest Service held a public meeting at the intersection of fire roads 2n10 and 2n06 to discuss the Skyline trail.  Skyline is a trail that has been proposed by the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation that would go along the south ridge of the Big Bear Valley, allowing for an alternative to fire road 2n10 for hikers and bikers.  The public meeting was an opportunity for members of the public to address the forest service on the trail, and many people came forward stating how they feel unsafe riding on fire road 2n10 as many motorized vehicles drive the road.  Jack Bailey, owner of the bike shop Chains Required spoke up about how he rents many bikes to people who go up the chair lift and ride down 2n10, and that 4 bikes in the last year have come back un rideable because of an incident with cars, and that one person even had to go to the hospital because of an incident with a vehicle.  Other avid cyclists spoke up about the value of a single track trail that would span the ridgeline and how it would attract visitors from all over the US.  Forest Service Officials spoke about how they would incorporate some existing trails into the Skyline trail, and how they would...

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One Step Closer For Skyline Trail: Public Input Sought

Big Bear, Ca, August 16, 2011, 12:00pm – The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation is in the process of working with the Forest Service to get a new trail approved.  The proposed trail known as Skyline would span from east to west along the south ridge of the Big Bear Valley, and would provide hikers, cyclists and equestrians with a safe alternative to fire roads such as 2n10 that has heavy vehicle traffic.   This Saturday, there will be a public meeting at the intersection of fire roads 2N10 and 2N06, located south of Snow Summit. The meeting will take place at 10:00am and is an opportunity for people to see displays of the initial presentation, go on a short hike along a general proposed route of the trail, and attendees will be able to ask questions and provide their input or suggestions.  According to Phil Hamilton, Trails Foundation President, the Trails Foundation has been working with the Forest Service to make what he believes will be an “epic trail that will attract users from all over the country when completed.”  The Trails Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to creating, enhancing, preserving and promoting non-motorized use of Big Bear Valley trails and roadways for the enjoyment and transportation of residents and visitors. Last year the Trails Foundation successfully reopened the Seven Oaks Trail after it had been overgrown for...

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