BVTS EVENTS
We are always looking for ways to engage and involve volunteers to help maintain and build the local BV trails we all love.  Come and join us for the events and trail work days listed below:

Please Note:  Volunteer Waiver Forms must be filled out for trail workers on local trails with BVTS organization.  Get forms HERE

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Next Trail work Day...  

Saturday, September 21st - Location TBD
MEET at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 8:30 am where we will have a quick tool safety briefing, then car pool to the work site.

BRING water, snacks, gloves wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and don't forget a hat.  Tools will be provided to all those who do not have their own, but if you have a favorite, please bring it along. 

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more


(Archived)
Saturday, September 7th - the Elusive Trail near BV!

Come and join us for a Trail Work Event, combined with a hike (almost all downhill), that
starts at the top of the Ski Area.  We will carpool to this drop-off point which has some fantastic views, so if you have a pack, bring your camera!  We will hike with light-work for 1 mile down the Corral Hollow ridge to the trailhead. 
(click on map for a larger view)

TRAIL WORK: The Elusive Trail is 1.5 miles long and needs some logs removed, a few minor re-routes and some drainage and tread repairs.  At the end of this trail, there is a 1 mile hike down the Corral Hollow OHV Route to Highway 4 and BV.  All together, this combined work/walk is 3.5 miles, (again downhill), from the top of the Ski Area (drop off point), to BV at Highway 4.

MEET at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 8:30 am where we will have a quick tool safety briefing, then car pool to the top-of-the-world.

BRING water, snacks, gloves wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and don't forget a hat.  Tools will be provided to all those who do not have their own, but if you have a favorite, please bring it along. 

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more


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Saturday, August 24th...
Bring your family and friends to join in maintaining and improvement a portion of the Lake Alpine Loop trail, from Slick Rock Road to the L.A. dam.  This
location needs some TLC due to over grown brush, loose rock climbs, etc. 

MEET at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 8:30 am where we will have a quick tool safety briefing, then car pool to the the work sight.  

BRING water, snacks, gloves wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and don't forget a hat.  Tools will be provided to all those who do not have their own, but if you have a favorite, please bring it along. 

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more


 (archived)
Recap of the...
Lower Woodchuck Basin "New" (Reclaimed) Trail

Last week 22 volunteers, some returning, to finish the Lower Woodchuck Basin Trail to Lake Alpine.  We divided up again and half started at the bottom to make a few repairs, while the others began the NEW TRAIL at the top.  The top group followed some pre-flagging that had been completed in preparation for this event and opened the tread, stacked some rock reinforcements, brushed sections and marked the path across granite slabs.  They met near the huge Western Juniper tree to complete the trail.  

We returned to BVTS Park around 1pm to enjoy some beer, softdrinks, watermelon and other snacks.  Later in the day several groups of riders rode out and tested the new trail.  After a break-in period, it should be a lot of fun!

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more 


 (archived)
Recap of the...
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for Trails Project
& Bear Valley Trail Stewardship Volunteers
Saturday, August 3rd
Last Saturday (8/3), 32 volunteers came out to help build the new (reclaimed) trail from Woodchuck Basin to Lake Alpine.  Great progress was made and the build was completed to about 2/3rds of the way up. A big thanks to Sierra Nevada for bringing in 12 volunteers from the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for Trails Project to help out and to the other 20 local volunteers who came out to help.  We will make a serious attempt to complete the trail on Saturday (8/3).


Bring your family and friends and join the rest of the BVTS volunteers this Saturday (8/3), for THREE EXCELLENT REASONS


 (archived)
Cape Horn Trail Work Day - Saturday, July 27th
RECAP:  Last Saturday, 16 volunteers showed up to make a sweep of the Cape Horn to Lake Alpine Trail.  They encountered 6 fallen trees, some erosion problems, but far less than years past, due to a good effort to build sustainable drains the year before.  They divided into two groups and attacked the trail from both ends, meeting in the middle.  After their hard work, the group retired to BVTS Park for a free lunch, beer and soft drinks.  It was an excellent trail repair with many fun folks!


(archived)
First Trail Work Event - Saturday, June 29th
32 volunteers stepped up to open our local trails!

Our first official trail work day of the season was our biggest yet!  Thirty two volunteers showed up to help work on 4 of our main local trails.  After a
brief 
welcome and safety briefing by USFS, we divided into three groups and headed out for a few hours of trail work.  Some folks hit the Upper Tamarack Trail from both ends.  After opening drains, removing downed trees and dibre they event found time to start onto the Lower Tamarack Trail and got the first portion of that cleared as well. Another group worked on the top half of the Silvertip to BV trail, loggin downed trees, filling erosion trenches and creating new drains.  After that, they even found time to work on the start of the Lower Rings Trail from Hwy 207 to the first creek.  Other groups did similar work on the Emigrant Trail, the lower half of Silvertip to BV trail and then came into town and worked on clearing the trail below Granite Slab.  






Around 1pm, everyone gathered back in BVTS Park (aka: Adventure Center BBQ Area), to enjoy a Trailworkers Lunch provided by BTS.  Overall it was one of our best trail work days and a great start to a new summer trail season.  



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--Chain Saw Class Full--
USFS Chain Saw Certification Class
Saturday, June 22nd
David McCrea with the FS is scheduling the BVTS chain saw certification class for June 22 at the FS station in Dorrington at 10:00 am. The class will take most of the day so bring lunch. The class covers the mechanics of a chain saw, chain saw safety and proper chain saw use techniques. Participants need to wear long pants, ankle high (8 - inches) boots preferably leather, long sleeve shirt and eye protection.  If your have leather gloves, hard hat and sawer's chaps please bring them.  In order to get your certificate you must present proof of currant first aid and CPR training. The sawer's certification will allow you to operate a chain saw in the National Forest to remove downed trees blocking our trails, brushing and to drop small trees that pose a safety risk to trail users.  Dropping large trees is not covered by the class and certificate.  We report the larger trees to the FS for them to remove.
 No cost. 
If you are interested in taking this class please contact Mike Cooke at mike.cooke@bearvalleytrails.org


(archived)
Reclaim “Lost Trail” Work Day - Saturday, Oct. 13th

If you look carefully and click on the trail map picture, from the 2001 Spicer 
Meadow Quadrangle, it shows a small trail that is part of the Lake Alpine Bypass Trail (Lake Alpine Loop).  After searching several times for remnants of that trail, it was finally located.  We at BVTS are planning a restoration trail day for the simple reason that it would complete a loop allowing people to ride or hike completely around Lake Alpine WITHOUT setting foot on any paved roads. The complete "Lake Alpine Loop"!    The pre-trail work has already been completed, such as logging, flagging and the reconstruction of difficult sections.  We need lots of volunteers to help restore the tread.

Come out and join us, to help reclaim this “forgotten trail”. And...
bring along your family and friends, to show them that "trails aren't born, they are designed and built by volunteers, like you and I"!

We will be having a morning of trail work (approx. 8:30am to 1pm), followed by a free BBQ lunch and raffle prizes.  

MEET at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 8:30 am where we will have a quick tool safety briefing, then car pool to the sight.  

BRING water, snacks, gloves with long pants, long sleeve shirts and don't forget a hat.  Tools will be provided to all those who do not have their own.  

Working from both ends of the trail, the two groups will meet at the center for the driving of the "golden spike" (aka: orange logging wedge).  After a brief ceremony we will head back to BVTS Park, next to the Bear Valley Adventure Center to celebrate the end of a successful trail building season, with a big thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it a so.

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
Please fill out this simple RSVP form  (so that we can get a rough idea of how many we will feed at the Octoberfest Lunch. Click HERE

Hope to see all of you on Saturday, October 13th.  

For more information go to:   bearvalleytrails.org
Or contact Mike at:  Mike.Cooke@bearvalleytrails.org
 


(Archived)
Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival
September 8th-9th in Bear Valley, CA

Thanks for a great two days!  Raised funds for new trails, met some new friends, had some great rides and BBQ.  We will be posting pictures soon!

Event operated under special use permit with the Stanislaus National Forest

The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag, BVTS T-Shirts available and live music at HermitFest.

Registration is $50 and includes any or all of the following: guided rides, trail map, Saturday lunch, Saturday BBQ dinner, beer and wine, shuttles to high trail points on Cape Horn and Rings trails on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, plus Poker Ride with prizes.  MORE DETAILS HERE...

Full Fat Tire Festival Weekend Schedule Available HERE

TWO Parts to BV-Fat Tire Festival registration process:
      1. Fill out the registration form (1 form per person)- FORM HERE

      2. Pay registration fee (secure PayPal)- PAYMENT HERE
          -OR-  Register, then pay by check at the sign-in table on 9/8.





Pacific Valley through Mosquito Lakes to Stanislaus Meadow - Trail Work Day - To Be Announced

Our upcoming trail event, still in the planning stage, is a combination social event and trail
work day on the trail from Pacific Valley to Mosquito lakes AND from Mosquito Lakes down to Stanislaus Meadow (working both directions).  There is a lot of clearing needed on the Mosquito to PV trail as many trees have fallen during the winter.  Some tread work and drainage will be addressed as well.  The issues from Mosquito to Stanislaus are brushing, drain clearing and tread work.  

Coming Soon: Stay tuned here for an update coming soon, and join us for this trail work and social event. 

BVTS Volunteers

We just wanted to let you know that the next BVTS Trail Work Event will be coming up on 
Saturday, July 27th.  Save the date and plan on joining us along with friends and family for a morning of trail work on the local BV trails.

WHERE:  We will be working on the 2 mile section of the Cape Horn Trail, raking off pine cones and branches, repairing drains, removing fallen trees, and lopping off over grown branches.  There are work levels for everyone and tools will be provided (unless you have a favorite you'd like to bring along).

BRING:  Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and long pants.  Bring your gloves, water and snacks.

We should be done around 1pm.

For more details, see:   BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more trail work days ahead.


temporary placement...
Bear Valley Trail Stewardship Volunteers

Let's join together and finish "reclaiming the lost trail" from Woodchuck Basin to Lake Alpine!

Last weeks volunteers started on the bottom half of this new trail and we will be going out
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19wKtGEiS3CLGE-7II2uWtvecUISEWzCO/view?usp=sharing
on Saturday, Aug.10th to finish the top half (from Hwy 4 down to the creek crossing - See picture with new trail marked in purple points - Click for larger view).

So, bring your family and friends for another rewarding and fun 1/2 day of new trail building.

WHERE:  We will be working on the 1 mile section below Woodchuck Basin, raking, bench cutting, making drains and forming the new trail tread.  Some people will be working on removing a few fallen trees, and lopping off over grown branches.  There are work levels for everyone and tools will be provided (unless you have a favorite you'd like to bring along).

WHEN:  Meet at the Bear Valley Adventure Center at 8:30am for a brief safety meeting.  We will divide up and car pool to the work sight.  We should be finished by 12:30 and we'll have snacks and refreshments available back at BVTS Park around 1pm.  (A no-host lunch is available at BVAC)

BRING:  Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and long pants.  Bring your gloves, water and snacks.

For more details, see: BearValleyTrails.Org for the latest information and more trail work days ahead, or email gary.bissell@bearvalleytrails.org




Trail Work and Events Calendar
Check the calendar below for BV Trail Stewards trail work days and events.  It is through the work of volunteers like you that we can all enjoy the trails we build and maintain.  Check below and see how you can get involved!
PLEASE NOTE - MAJOR SCHEDULE REVISION
The September 7th Fat Tire Festival has been moved to October 5th
More information and revised schedule to follow soon!

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BVTS Live Calendar of Events
 - May show impromptu trail work days

BVTS Events Calendar