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 all the volunteers (including himself!)… to the work site… 2 miles down the trail. This is a great example of the outstanding trails culture we have here in Big Bear! A standing ovation goes to these committed volunteers that helped repair this fun trail!

National Public Lands Day last Saturday was another success with 12 dedicated volunteers maintaining the Pacific Crest Trail from Holcomb Valley Rd. to Highway 18. Fresh PCT signs and reassurance markers were installed, vegetation trimmed way back, and several sections where the trail was creeping or washing out were restored. The company and jobsite was unbeatable, thank you to all who made this event what it was!

Nearly all the new signs for the South and North Shores have been installed using SCMF’s Urban Conservation Corps under my direction and supervision. Meet our sign installation crew…

Opportunities to get involved:

This Saturday, October 5 – Trail Host Training & Orientation. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the program, this is the time and place. A light breakfast will be provided and Phil will be there, so it’s a guaranteed good time. 8-11am at the Discovery Center. Light breakfast and coffee provided.

October 26 – Trail Volunteer Celebration! This is months away but please save the date now so you can be free to come to this awesome end of year celebration of our trails and the volunteers who make them better… YOU!

December 7 – Trail Mix’er. This is our opportunity to bring it in under one roof. Come to eat, drink, socialize, plan trips, learn and participate in a brief program where we will cover things pertinent to the group and program. There are many exciting things to discuss and improve upon… 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 has been selected in an effort to combine Mix’ers for November & December in light of the holiday season.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of these or better yet, out on the trail!

Bennett Rossell
Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator
Southern California Mountains Foundation