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Our Mission

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes connecting communities to our public lands is the key to their survival. We mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. 

We achieve our mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of our Southern California mountains and urban "forests”.  

We connect through six programs highlighted on our navigation bar.  Please take a tour of our nonprofit.  We hope you get inspired and want to connect with us through your gift of membership by 'Join Now', or your time. Volunteer opportunities are available on each program page.  Thank you. 

Welcome to the Southern California Mountains Foundation!  


On Saturday, June 4, join the Southern California Mountains Foundation, Bear Valley Trails Foundation, and Snow Summit for National Trails Day 2016!

Volunteers are needed to help with trail maintenance within the South Shore Trail Network, a multi-use trail system which includes 23 miles of newly-designated trails that need to be brought up to U.S. Forest Service trail standards. Trail work will be focused on the eastern end of the system (fall-line).  All ages welcome; parents/guardians responsible for youth under 18.

Check-in will start at 12:30pm at the Snow Summit and trail work will begin at 1:00pm. All volunteers participating in National Trails Day will receive a t-shirt and picnic lunch provided by REI. Volunteers will also recieve one Scenic Sky Chair Ticket at Snow Summit good for the same day or a later date in 2016 provided by Mammoth Mountain Resorts and dinner the evening of the event 5pm-7pm. 

How to prepare:

Please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, bring reusable water bottle and gloves if you have them. All tools and instruction will be provided; no experience necessary. 

Check In:
Check-in at Snow Summit Base Area @ 12:30pm, located at 880 Summit Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Work party will be from 1pm - 5pm; with dinner and after party to follow!

Event is limited to 100 volunteers, pre-registration required. National Trails Day partners include Southern California Mountains Foundation, Bear Valley Trails Foundation, Snow Summit Adventure Park, USFS and REI.

Click Here to Register

Schedule of Events:

12:30pm - Volunteer Check-in
1:00pm - 5:00pm - Trail Maintenance 
5:00pm - 7:00pm - Dinner & After Party