Big Bear Alpine Pedal Path

Women, dog, stroller on Alpine Pedal PathAlpine Pedal Path continues to get a facelift—in time for the rescheduled May 7 2016 MS Walk along the north shore.

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.Alpine pedal path on Big Bear 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.

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