The popular Alpine Pedal Path on the north shore of Big Bear Lake is getting a facelift starting September 17th.
The City of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Cycling Association are working in partnership with the Mountaintop Ranger District in repairing the 3.23 miles paved trail over the next three years. The immediate project will consist of grinding out pavement failures, cracks and holes from the boat ramp near Stanfield Cut-off to Juniper Point picnic area. Future projects along the path will include upgraded interpretive signs, and striping. Path users will experience short term closures as work progresses along the path.
The Alpine Pedal Path meanders along the north shore of Big Bear Lake from the Stanfield Cutoff to just west of the Solar Observatory. It is one of the most popular and heavily used trails on the forest, by visitors and residents alike. It is easily accessible for hikers, skaters, joggers and even strollers and wheelchairs. This path extends through a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 38, North Shore Drive, to the Cougar Crest Trailhead parking lot, continuing east to the Big Bear Discovery Center.
During the winter, visitors often use the path to view largest wintering bald eagle population in Southern California.. Bald eagles typically begin arriving in the area in late November and continue to stay in the area until early April.
About the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest
The San Bernardino National Forest is comprised of three Ranger Districts spanning 679,380 acres in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. From the desert floor to the pristine mountain peaks, the San Bernardino National Forest offers natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed campgrounds and picnic areas, numerous recreational opportunities, and the solitude of quiet wilderness and open space for the over 24 million residents of Southern California and those visiting the area. The forest environment also provides habitat for numerous plants and animals and is crucial in sustaining drinking water, air, and soil quality. Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf