“To create and preserve a Legacy Trail to the historic Apple Valley landmark known as Hilltop House; providing far reaching educational, civic, economic and environmental benefits for the community, its visitors
 and the generations to come.”

The Apple Valley Legacy Trail Organization is an affiliate project of the High Desert Community Foundation.

 We are a growing group of High Desert residents who share a common vision: to reclaim, repurpose  and revitalize – for our community- the iconic and historic place known as Hilltop House atop Bass Hill.

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The iconic property  represents the epicenter of Apple Valley origins and cultural development.  It’s our vision to showcase our Town’s unique history by providing a tangible and practical game plan for saving this recreational hilltop haven. The dilapidated driveway, now used as an unofficial and unmaintained hiking trail, would be reclaimed as the Apple Valley Legacy Trail (AVLT). The Hilltop House Ruin will be surveyed for public safety resolution and eventually be repurposed as an observation deck; ideally home to educational displays about the unique history, biology and architecture related to the High Desert’s most unique parcel.

The short range, RECLAIM  Phase includes:
Address first costs and keep it simple
Acquisition of Property
Trail Insurance
Maintenance Program
Survey and Public Safety Resolution of Hilltop House Ruin
Celebrate:  open sections of Bass Hill as a Community Pack In Pack Out Trail

Its up to this generation to correct 2 plus decades of indifference.  If not us, than who ?

Its up to this generation to correct 2 plus decades of indifference. If not us, than who ?

The long-range, REPURPOSE and REVITALIZE Phase include features such as:
Master Planning a Trail in conjunction with stakeholders and local students
A HH observation deck with a 360° panoramic view
Picnic and contemplative areas
Hiking and horseback trails
Pavilions, memorials, monuments, plaques & bricks to celebrate our community and region
AV Legacy Center (retail district below) where historic items and memorabilia will find a home
AVLT R.O.P. Progams and Scholarships

A pack in pack out trail; a generational bridge from our past to our future.

A pack in pack out trail; a generational bridge from our past to our future.

The Big Picture :
Yes –  we want to reclaim our distressed landmark for the community.  No – this is not an attempt to bring back the past in some last ditch, nostalgic reach for the impossible or to build a French restaurant. We Are embracing this truth: Apple Valley will not be recognizable in decades to come as our population continues to grow and the last open fields and vistas vanish.

At our mission’s core and with your engagement:
We will reclaim stewardship of our cultural landmark.
We will create and preserve a simple pack-in-pack out Community Trail.
Together, we will begin to discover the unique – new legacy chapter – of Bass Hill.

Consider joining us on this Generational Trail.
Many of your friends and neighbors have… and saved you a saddle.

Additional Documents:

Bass Hill and the AVLT      Mission Statement      Sustainability       One Page Flyer      

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