ALPINE PEDAL PATH–An ideal family trek just feet from the water, this 3-1/4 mile walk on the north shore of Big Bear Lake is paved and popular with hikers, bikers, skaters, strollers, joggers and anglers. It winds past Carol Morrison boat launch, Meadow’s Edge picnic grounds, Serrano campground and Big Bear Discovery Center. Park on Stanfield Cutoff near North Shore Dr. www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com
The City of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear Cycling Association continue working with Mountaintop Ranger District to repair the 3-1/4 mile paved trail. Project work includes grinding out pavement failures, cracks and holes from the boat ramp near Stanfield Cutoff to Juniper Point picnic area. Future work includes upgraded interpretive signs and striping.
Alpine Pedal Path meanders along the north shore of the lake from Stanfield to just west of the Solar Observatory. The route winds its way just feet from the lake and through beautiful meadow, past Serrano campground and picnic areas, near boat launches and through dense forest.
Paved the entire distance, it’s one of the most popular trails in the forest, utilized by hikers, skaters, joggers, even strollers and wheelchairs. Plus it has great access to the Woodland Interpretive and Cougar Crest Trailheads along with Big Bear Discovery Center. The views across the lake to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are stunning and there’s benches for breathers. Anglers like Alpine Pedal Path too for great fishing access to the lake.
Big Bear Cycling committed $15,000 in repair costs last year including new Alpine Pedal Path trailhead and etiquette signs and another $11,000 this year. Plus it is funding free cycling trail maps, 300-plus signs for the South Shore Trail Network, bike repair stations and racks in the Village and more.
In all the group has invested over $35,000 into Big Bear Valley cycling projects as part of its goal of making the Valley Southern California’s leading cycling destination. Other projects include new bike racks in the Village. It’s all part of $50,000 toward Valley cycling projects the past two years, Craig Smith, president of the group, said.