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

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

Early BVTS Events Cancelled
Too much of a good thing... snow!
June 1st Trail Survey - cancelled
June 15th Season Kick-Off - cancelled

OK, OK... Maybe we were a bit optimistic about getting the trail season off to an early start.  But, with 4-5 feet of snow, still on the ground, it makes it a little
tough to find the trails.  We will resume with our June 29th event scheduled to reclaim the
Wolfe-Bray Trail below Spicer Reservoir.  This event will include logging the trail and marking it with flags in preparation for the Scouts trail building event to follow in early July.  Join us if you can on Saturday, July 29th.  More information as the date gets closer.
Trail season delayed due to too much snow

USFS Chain Saw Certification Class

The Bear Valley Trail Stewardship (BVTS) in collaboration with the USFS will be holding a chain saw certification class some Saturday in May or June. Participants must have a currant valid basic first aid certificate/card. This is a one day class that when completed allows you to operate a chainsaw in the National Forest for logging out downed trees and dropping small ones that may be a trail hazard. 
 No cost. 
If you are interested in taking this class please contact Mike Cooke at

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.

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:
Or contact Mike at:

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. 

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!

The smoke is gone and the trails are in great shape!
As the first snow falls in the Sierras, our first trail season comes to a close.  See highlights from our season HERE.

Come and join us next year and keep in touch to see our exciting plans for next year!

BVTS Events Calendar