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Southern California Mountains Foundation


Trails get us outside, keep us healthy, and help us see the wonder and beauty of the natural lands in the San Bernardino National Forest. They also require care and maintenance.

The U.S. Forest Service manages the vast majority of our San Bernardino National Forest trails, but current federal budgets can’t keep up with annual trail work needs. Without regular maintenance, trails fall into disrepair, making them unusable and potentially even harmful to the natural environment. That's why The San Bernardino National Forest, City of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, Big Bear Mountain Resort, Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation and the Southern California Mountains Foundation have united to form the Trails Advisory Group. This group is dedicated to improving the non-motorized trails across Big Bear, and is hoping you will participate in the Adopt-A-Trail Program to help! 

The Adopt-A-Trail Program steps in to help our trails by giving individuals, families, friends, groups, businesses, and clubs of any size, an opportunity to adopt a section of trail on an annual basis. Each sponsor supports their Adopted Trail through financial contributions and volunteer trail work.

Additionally, mountain residents and visitors share a vision for the future that includes new trails that connect neighborhoods and communities and provide both recreational and social access. A fully supported Adopt-A-Trail Program can demonstrate our capability to maintain existing trails and is the first step along the path to that vision.

Your involvement in the Adopt-A-Trail program gives us the means to focus on a singular trail experience that not only balances environmental and recreational needs, but also entices people to visit year after year.

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