The San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust is pleased to host a chili cookoff and mini-festival gathering at Arrowhead Ridge on Saturday, July 19 between noon and 5 p.m. The event is intended as an enjoyable afternoon to highlight the unique benefits of this landmark site on Grass Valley Road in Lake Arrowhead. An additional part of this event will be to encourage fundraising support for key restoration projects at the site.
Arrowhead Ridge is the tallest crest in lake Arrowhead, where the natural beauty of the local forest still remains intact as an ideal place for a public wildland park. In fact, it is the only eligible site of its kind left in Lake Arrowhead. The Land Trust hopes the community will attend to experience the uplifting setting and share in the vision of establishing a special nature park that fully captures the original beauty of Lake Arrowhead.
Lands Trust representatives will attend the event to describe the history of the site as well as the current status and future plans. The primary challenge is raising funds (or obtaining donated equipment and services) for seven projects to restore disturbed areas and make necessary improvements at the site. The projects include: improving the entryway, creating a parking area, installing safety railings on walls, providing water and sewer services, constructing restroom facilities, converting roadways to trails and filling craters that were dug as temporary storm water basins.
Local stone sculptor, Marcel Machler, already engraved a monument marker stone at the entry that identifies the site as “Arrowhead Ridge.” Also, a wonderful walking trail now weaves its way through the forest for the public to enjoy.
The Hungry Bear Sandwich Shack, the Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille and K & S Entertainment will compete for the best chili. You can buy a taste for $1 or get an 8 ounce sample for $4.24 or you can have a huge 16 oz. for $6.50 in paper bowls. A hand-thrown lead-free ceramic bowl can be purchased for $10 as a special souvenir of the event.
In addition to great food “Enjoy the Mountain” will provide off-highway vehicles to take those who prefer not to walk up the trail. For those who want a great hike, a special two-hour hike will be arranged on the 1.9 mile loop trail that was established in the memory of wonderful Lake Arrowhead sculptor and friend Will Ab ell.
This event will be entertaining as well as informative so be sure to attend the event where you can walk the trail, ride up the trail, get some delicious chili, vote on the winner, meet members of the Land Trust and find out more about what they do…………….all in one event.
In addition to the walking possibilities, the chilli cookoff and the rest of the fun Forester James Asher will describe the especially unique qualities of this premier forest site, which is the last example of Lake Arrowhead’s native forest. A lot of information will also be available about specific restorations, the value of having a land trust in the mountains and how to become involved.
See you there! Arrowhead Ridge is located on Grass Valley Road between Club House Drive and Golf Course Road in Lake Arrowhead. Look for the big rock at the entrance. You’ll find it! To volunteer, donate or become a member log onto http://www.sbmlt.net.