Trail opening in Big Bear Trail System

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Southern California Mountains Foundation along with the city of Big Bear Lake is hosting a celebration to mark the opening of a new trail in the Big Bear Trail System
Southern California Mountains Foundation along with the city of Big Bear Lake is hosting a celebration to mark the opening of a new trail in the Big Bear Trail System

Southern California Mountains Foundation along with the city of Big Bear Lake hosting a celebration to mark the opening of new trail in the Big Bear Trail System

The next day, Saturday June 3, is National Trails Day

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting event for the new Happy Hills Trail in the Big Bear Trail System. The event begins at 5 p.m. on June 2, at the Happy Hill trail head behind Big Bear Lake City Hall. The address is 39707 Big Bear Boulevard.

“This is a wonderful addition to the Bear Valley’s trail system and highlights the city of Big Bear Lake’s leadership in creating and implementing the non-motorized trails plan.

“Additions like this to the Big Bear trail system provides amazing opportunities to create healthier communities and works to connect both visitors and residents to the natural wonders of this valley,” said Bennett Rossell, Southern California Mountains Foundation’s non-motorized trails coordinator.

The next day, Saturday June 3, is National Trails Day. Each year, on the first Saturday of June, the American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages to one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.

The Big Bear trail system event will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Aspen Glen Picnic Area at 40105 Mill Creek Rd on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake. Participants will work on the popular hiking and mountain biking trail, Cabin 89. The trail work will focus on steep sections of the trail to make them more sustainable, user friendly, and fun, as well as performing maintenance throughout the trail. Registration required at mountainsfoundation.org.

Registered participants working on the Big Bear trail system will be provided with a free BBQ lunch at the Aspen Glen Picnic area at noon.

Volunteers can participate with family and friends; there is no age limit or experience needed.

The Southern California Mountains Foundation and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation will provide direction, tools, and food.

Volunteers  who would like to help with the Big Bear National Trails Day  event are asked to come prepared with the outdoor basics. These include closed-toed shoes, a jacket, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and gloves (if you have them).

Big Bear is known for its outdoor activities such as hiking. One group is hosting a Big Bear Ecotourism Outdoor Adventure Festival in June. See more about the Festival.