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 put deep work into those trails, generating approximately 150 volunteer hours over two days. The constructed new drainages and did rock work that will last a very, very long time. It is difficult to overemphasize the awesomeness of this adopter, High Trails Outdoor Science School.

YMCA Camp Whittle came through with their Adopt-A-Trail work on November 13. They worked light and fast on the Hanna Flats Trail, trimming back vegetation from Hanna Flats Campground to just past 2N13. This season is ready for late/early season use thanks to this stalwart group. Fantastic work from Camp Whittle!

This morning a core group of Trail Hosts and standouts met at the Castle Rock Trail to talk with trail users, start a more detailed management plan for the trail and do maintenance work to *help* guide hikers. The traffic this trail sees is staggering! This group worked and communicated well together, and accomplished everything it set out to do. More on Castle Rock later…

What’s ahead:

December 7 – Trail Mix’er. Come to eat, drink, socialize, plan volunteer trips, learn and participate in a brief program where we will cover things pertinent our trails related efforts. There are many exciting things to discuss and improve… with your help! This will indeed be a potluck style occasion, so start thinking about what to bring. 3-5pm at the Discovery Center. This date deviates from the normal schedule to combine November & December’s Mix’ers in light of the holiday season.

January 11 – Winter Trails Day. Celebrate this day by taking a free snowshoe tour guided by Doug Benedon & Louise Boyer! More details to come, so for now… pray for snow!

January 15 – Trail Host Training. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the program, save this date. Phil Hamillton and I will be holding these quarterly moving forward. 5-7pm at the Discovery Center.

That’s it for now. See you out there-

Bennett Rossell
Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator
Southern California Mountains Foundation