BVTS Events for 2019/20
Our trail work season is over for this year.
We would like to thank all of the trail work volunteers who came out to help this year. Volunteers logged over 920 hours on the following work. We re-built a "new" trail (Lower Woodchuck), and maintained many miles of other local trails. We've cut some logs, brushed and raked. We built some rock walls and did some bench cuts to improve existing trails. But best of all, we made some friends and opened more of the forest for all to enjoy.
Thanks for your help,
Bear Valley Trail Stewardship - 2019 Trail Work Season
(Archived for 2019)
BVTS Summer 2020 Schedule should be out around Aril 2020.
Trail Work Day with
-Saturday, September 7th-
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
"Lake Alpine Loop"
Trail Work Day with
-Saturday, August 24th-
Last Saturday (8/24), 22 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 Brewery for bringing in 12 volunteers from the Sierra Nevada 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).
"Ales for Trails"
Trail Work Day with
Sierra Nevada Brewery volunteers
and BVTS volunteers
-Saturday, August 3rd-
On 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 Brewery for bringing in 12 volunteers from the Sierra Nevada 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).
"Open the Trails"
Trail Work Day
Saturday - June 29th
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 debree, they event found time to start onto the Lower Tamarack Trail and got the first portion of that cleared as well. These may
involve the ATT trail between B
Center at 8:30am and car pool to the work sights. 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.
Overall it was one of our best trail work days and a great start to a new summer trail season.
USFS Chain Saw Class
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.
If you are interested in taking this class please contact Mike Cooke at