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Fawnskin

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Fawnskin, California - Big Bear

Fawnskin, California population: less than 500

 

 

Fawnskin, California

 

There's a song in the air and it's not the birds chirping in the forests, or the Eaglesthe bald kind that fly in this protected habitat. The song comes from actress Shirley Jones who lives in Fawnskin and often lends her beautiful voice to events and traditions enjoyed in this mountain resort at Big Bear Lake.

 

Singing at holiday celebrations in the village or lending her voice and acting skills to events at Big Bear's performing arts center, Jones, who first gained fame for her musical performances in Broadway musicals such as South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel, April Love and the Music Man, pitches in with perfect tone. Embracing local causes such as Fawn Skin Park, the local celebrity who's also known for her movie and television career in shows such as Patridge Family, sings more like a nightingale when her voice resonates through the cold, mountain pine forest during Fawnskin's annual Christmas gathering. Jones is one of the many people bringing charm and grace to the village by the lake. 

 

Located at an elevation of 6750 feet in the San Bernardino mountains at the north end of Grout Bay on Big Bear Lake, it shares a border with Big Bear City and faces directly across the lake to the City of Big Bear Lake. It's confusing but here's the deal. Fawnskin is a community and its adjoining neighbor, Big Bear City is also a community. Big Bear Lake is two things. It is the name of a lake and it is also the name of an incorporated city, the largest entity with the mountain slopes and Big Bear Mountain Resorts in its jurisdiction.

 

Before skiing became an attraction, Fawnskin was once the hub of attention. It served as a stage stop initially and then a tourist village with hotels and dining. Nearly half a century ago a new road was built at the base of Big Bear Dam. Traffic arriving on the mountain from Los Angeles began turning right to Big Bear Lake instead of left to Fawnskin.

 

Though it's a bit hidden, Fawnskin is back on the map again and will continue to grow. In 1998 the Big Bear Discovery Center, a multi-million dollar learning and community complex was built and continues with expansion. This prototype for urban forest visitor centers around the country is a unique partnership between the US Forest Service and San Bernardino National Forest Association. Tourists can learn about the region through displays, shop at the gift store and picnic at the tables offering lake views. The Center plans to one day become the new home for Moonridge Zoo in Big Bear Lake.

 

While Fawnskin derived its name from hunters who arrived in Holcomb Valley's north shore in the late 1800's and probably found skins stretched to dry in the afternoon sun, its most notable visitors today are the families of golden and American Bald eagles protected in this designated habitat. Eagle habitats along the North Shore in Fawnskin are celebrated with the annual return of the golden and bald eagles from October to March. Bring your binoculars for the annual eagle count.

 

A visit to Fawnskin offers great opportunities for exploration, hiking and lake activities.  Several hiking trails in Fawnskin include Gray’s Peak Trail, Cougar Crest Trail, Woodland Interpretive Trail and North Shore Bike and Hike Trail. Big Bear Discovery Center also hosts hikes (contact the Center for details).

 

In addition to the year-round attractions, Fawnskin is home to several annual events that continue to gain popularity. Old Miners' Days is a large celebration held in numerous locations around the lake during the last few weeks of July. Several Fawnskin events that are part of this valley-wide celebration are real crowd-pleasers.  Fawnskin Festival, Doo Dah Parade and the Loggers’ Jubilee, a 50+ year tradition, all take place in Fawnskin.

 

The popularity of Old Miners' Doo Dah Parade is amazing. Fawnskin's spoof on the Old Miners' Parade held the following weekend is hilarious, zany and the costumes have become more creative each year as the parade that initially made Guinness Book as the world's shortest parade has grown to 45 minutes long. The three blocks of downtown Fawnskin are lined with people who make special trips up the mountain to see this hilarious event. Local dignitaries never miss an opportunity to be in the parade which is planned all year long by those trying to outdo each other with their antics and outfits.

 

At Logger's Jubilee, Mountain Men clad in traditional garb compete in Axe Throw, Tomahawk Throw, Pole Climb, Chain Saw, Hot Saw and Log Roll. A women's division, plus Seed Spit and Nail Drive competitions for kids in addition to panning for gold, attracts many who hone their skills for the Log Saw competition held at the annual Oktoberfest at Big Bear Convention Center. Logger’s Jubilee is held at Pedersen Sawmill, 39115 Rim of the World Drive & Sioux Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333.

 

Fawnskin Festival sponsored by Moose Lodge is held during Old Miners' Days and  includes old-fashioned fun. Apple Pie Eating Contest and another event that's gaining attention, tAnimal Blessings, allows participants to bring pets as part of the merriment and celebration.

 

Architecture in Fawnskin provides several great examples of turn-of-the-century (20th Century) mountain construction. Home to some of the oldest buildings in the Holcomb Valley, Fawn Lodge (built in 1917), Pedersen Saw Mill west of the lodge and Fawnskin Post Office are still in use. Housing in Fawnskin is primarily privately-own cabins and homes with some rentals available through newspapers or local Realtors.  Fawnskin was once a stage stop and also served vacationers with several lodges, camps and restaurants. A road crossing the dam to the South Shore constructed in the 1920s diverted much of the traffic away from the town. There are many accommodations and hotels 6 miles around the bend in Big Bear Lake, however.

Other activities and attractions near Fawnskin include Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) on an island at Big Bear City - North Shore in the middle of Big Bear Lake. Its next door neighbor also is home to the Big Bear Historical Museum, Big Bear Airport and a fantastic art gallery, Serenity Place (see Fawnskin web pages).