[7 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 6,856 views]
Three Elements of Sustainable Trails

There are three essential elements for creating good sustainable trails. Good trails that withstand use and weather. Good trails that are easy and pleasant to use. Good trails that minimize maintenance and fight off the greatest trail evil – erosion:

Outslope – A trail’s tread should always be slightly higher on the uphill side so that water can easily drain off. A gentle¬†outslope of at least 2%, preferably 5%, is recommended. Trails without this outslope catch, hold, and channel water, helping erode and destroy the trail. Proper outslope encourages water to …

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San Gorgonio Mountain, Trip Report »

[23 Feb 2012 | 3 Comments | 32,077 views]
A Sleepless Winter Night On Top San Gorgonio

We had cancelled an earlier winter trip up San Gorgonio a month before due to weather. This time, in mid-February 2012, the promising weather made it easy to ignore the modest wind warnings. Just 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 45? We’d experienced worse up there. Hadn’t we? This would be my 5th time up there in the last 12 months – no problem. Bluebird skies and fresh snow called us. Matt and I were on.

The number of cars in the South Fork Trailhead lot surprised us. Twenty cars …

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Big Bear Lake, Cycling »

[3 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 6,370 views]
Tour of California Returns to Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake has been selected as the race’s Stage 6 Finish on Friday, May 18, 2012. The City of Palmdale will serve as the Host City and start location for Stage 6, which ultimately finishes with a demanding climb to Big Bear. This is the second time in three years Big Bear Lake has been selected as a Host City, which reaffirms the mountain resort as a world-class road cycling destination. Officials of Big Bear Lake are excited with the opportunity to present Big Bear’s mountainous terrain and natural …

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Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, San Bernardino National Forest, Trail Construction »

[21 Aug 2011 | One Comment | 28,271 views]
Skyline Trail Public Meeting

On Saturday, August 20, 2011, a group of over 30 people attended the public meeting held by the US Forest Service for the proposed Skyline Trail. A general description of the project was provided by Deputy District Ranger Omero Torres, along with a short walking tour of existing and new trail sections under consideration for inclusion.

Below is the text of the public legal notice from the USFS:
“The Mountaintop Ranger District, San Bernardino National Forest, proposes to construct and designate the Skyline Recreation Trail, a non-motorized, multi-use trail within the bounds …

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Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, San Bernardino National Forest, Trail Safety »

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Protected: Forest Service Road 2N10 Use Study

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Big Bear Lake, Seven Summits of Big Bear »

[25 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 23,539 views]
Jordan Romero 7 Summits FRS Commercial

Big Bear’s local Seven Summits Challenge was originally created to support Big Bear Native Jordan Romero‘s actual quest to conquer all of the highest Seven Summits of the world. Jordan, who climbed Mt Everest at age 14, has just one summit left in Antarctica. I like this FRS commercial he stars in:

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