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Big Gear: Eight-mile trail opens, first in two decades

August 16, 2013|By Chris Erskine
  • The Big Bear trail is part of what will eventually be a 15-mile loop. Trailhead is near Snow Summit.
The Big Bear trail is part of what will eventually be a 15-mile loop. Trailhead… (Dan McKernan )

Hikers and bikers take note: Touted as the first new trail in Big Bear in 20 years,  a new eight-mile single track opens Saturday. Located on the backside of Snow Summit, the new Skyline Trail is designed to become the backbone of a new south shore trails system. When completed, it will be part of a 15-mile loop with views of Mt. San Gorgonio.

The trail can either be accessed by driving a car or riding a bike to U.S. Forest Service Road 2N10. Take Moonridge Road to Clubview Drive. Stay on Clubview Drive until it ends and becomes 2N10. Take 2N10 to the intersection of 2N10 and 2N06.

Another option is to take Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair to the top of Snow Summit, and then either take a short walk or bike ride to the Skyline Trail trailhead.

The grand opening ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Immediately after, leaders of the Big Bear Cycling Assn. will lead three different rides on Skyline Trail for beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The trail is also open to horses.

“From my understanding this is the first new trail introduced to Big Bear in over two decades,” said Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Chair Phil Hamilton.

Info: www.trailsfoundation.org. Big Bear Lake lodging info, (800) 424-4232.

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