US National Forests are Temporarily Closed in California

Update - The San Bernardino National Forest will be closed until midnight September 22, 2012. Click HERE for more information. The San Bernardino National Forest is included in the Regional Order that is closing 17 National Forests in California at the end of the day today, August 31, 2021. With so much fire activity currently…

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What is Restoration?

Restoration means creating and maintaining healthy, resilient forests capable of delivering all of the benefits that people get from them: clean air and water, carbon sequestration, habitat for native fish and wildlife, opportunities for outdoor recreation, and more. SCMF has a thriving restoration team working hard this past year! During the pandemic, forest visitation rose…

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Fire Lookout

Fire Lookout Program

Majestic views, solitude, and quiet, heroic vigilance— fire lookouts of the San Bernardino National Forest capture a romantic part of California’s past. The Southern California Mountains Foundation proudly oversees its preservation. Today, there are seven fire lookout towers in the San Bernardino National Forest manned by dedicated Southern California Mountains Foundation volunteers. These volunteers go through informative…

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Discovery Center Opens Outdoor Spaces

The Big Bear Discovery Center is now open for visitor information and nature programs in our outdoor spaces. The indoor areas are still closed for remodeling but staff and volunteers are operating out of the Discovery Center Amphitheater. Visitors can get Forest information, purchase Adventure Passes and limited merchandise, attend nature walks, listen to a…

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Music in the Mountains Update

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Music in the Mountain concert series this year, but don’t worry ‘bout a thing, ‘cause every little thing’s gonna be alright. The good news is, in 2022, we plan to turn the beat around with a fun, exciting season of Music in the Mountains, stronger than ever in…

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National Trails Day: Big Bear Trails Hosts with the Most

Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) Trails Program for the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® June 5, 2021 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on multiple trails throughout the valley. Hospitality kiosks will be located at Cougar Crest, the Pacific Crest Trail at Cushenberry Summit, Aspen Glen, and the Woodland Trail. Visit a…

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Maple Hills Trails Complex Phase One is Now Ready

The High School Trail in Big Bear Valley is Now Open to the Public     October 2020, Fawnskin CA.  The first of three trails in the Maple Hills Trails Complex is now open for public use in Big Bear. Adding to the extensive trail network in the San Bernardino Mountains, the Maple Hills Trail Complex…

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Maple Hill Complex Volunteers

National Public Lands Day – 2020

Next Saturday, September 26, is NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY. We are thrilled to celebrate this day at Big Bear’s new trail system - the Maple Hills Complex. To date, we have completed just over 4 miles of this new trail system. This Saturday for NPLD, trails volunteers will be installing signs, cutting brush, and completing…

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The Discovery Center is Temporarily Closed

The Big Bear Discovery Center will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, November 11, 2019 for renovations. It is anticipated to reopen in the summer of 2020. During this time, forest information and Adventure Passes can be obtained at the Big Bear Visitor Center located at: 40824 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 or visit …

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