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August 13, 2013 | by Dan McKernan

Big Bear's Skyline Trail is a new multi-use single track that currently offers 8 miles one way giving guests a new perspective of Big Bear's spectacular alpine scenery. A grand opening for the new trail is Saturday, August 17 at 10 a.m. at the Skyline trailhead (Intersection of 2N10 and 2N06). The grand opening includes a red-ribbon cutting ceremony, complimentary refreshments, and brief statements from leaders of the Skyline Trail project including Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Chair Phil Hamilton and San Bernardino National Forest Mountaintop District Ranger Scott Tangenberg. After the grand opening ceremony leaders of the Big Bear Cycling Association will lead three different rides on Skyline Trail for beginner, intermediate and advanced. There is also a hike scheduled for anyone that wants to get a firsthand experience walking the trail.

"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.

The new multi-use trail, designed for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding, is located on the backside of Snow Summit, and begins where the US Forest service roads 2N10 and 2N06 meet. The trail parallels the 2N10, and snakes from east to west. It currently finishes at Forest Dream single track trail west of 2N10. The views come complete with Mount San Gorgonio in the background offering an absolute WOW factor!

The Skyline Trail is designed to become the backbone of a new South Shore trails system with connections to existing trails and future trails. The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation and US Forest Service will resume construction of the trail in the next year. When the trail is completed it will meander through the forest for a 15 mile loop that starts and ends at the backside of Snow Summit. 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. To learn more about the new Skyline trail visit For all there is to see and do in Big Bear Lake, to book lodging reservations, or to request a Visitors Guide, log on to or call 1-800-424-4232.

August 13, 2013

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