Trails need maintenance, and Big Bear answers the call to keep the local trails in top shape. Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation Saturday, June 2, and support the effort to improve trails in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Volunteers will gather June 2 at the Big Bear Discovery Center to improve Cougar Crest trail, one of the most popular trails on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake. Lunch is provided to all registered participants. The first 75 registrants receive a Scenic Skychair ticket to Snow Summit.

The event is sponsored by Big Bear Mountain Resort, Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, San Bernardino National Forest, Kodiak 100 Ultramarathon, the city of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County and the Southern California Mountains Foundation.

The goal is to work on the 3-mile trail to improve drainage, realign problem sections of the trail and perform general maintenance. To register or for more information, visit www.bbntd.eventbright.com , www.mountainsfoundation.org or www.trailsfoundation.org.

Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation

“We’re excited to see so many valuable partners coming together for the benefit of Big Bear’s recreational trails.  National Trails Day is the perfect time to celebrate this teamwork,” said Bennett Rossell, nonmotorized trail cooridnator for the Southern California Mountains Foundation and Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. “The city of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, REI, the United States Forest Service, and, of course, the giving members of the public. We’re committed to mobilizing more people to get outdoors and experience our beautiful National Forest.”

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin. Trail work is performed from 9 a.m. to noon with a barbecue lunch at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes, dress layered, wear long pants, and bring reusable water bottles and gloves. All tools and instruction are provided.  

The efforts from this year’s National Trails Day will complement the ongoing maintenance and trail-building within the Big Bear Valley.

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.  

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes connecting communities to public lands is the key to their survival. They mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship and achieve their mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of Southern California mountains and urban parks.  Visit www.MountainsFoundation.org.

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