The Best Hiking Trails in Big Bear
In Southern California, you won’t find many places like Big Bear. In an area primarily known for its beach cities, Big Bear stands out as a serene mountain town that’s ideal for outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding during the winter, as well as summertime recreation like biking and hiking.
Because of the dynamic terrain that is provided by the San Bernardino Mountains and National Forest, Big Bear is home to a variety of hiking trails suited for hikers of all ages and skill levels. Below, we’ve put together a brief list of some of Big Bear’s greatest trails. Check them out when you stay in your own vacation rental cabin!
Explore the Scenic Wilderness of Big Bear
If you’re just starting to learn the ropes of hiking or you want a hike that’s a little easier to get yourself warmed up, there are a number of fantastic trails to take. The Alpine Pedal Path is a paved multi-use trail that spans two miles of shoreline along Big Bear Lake, allowing you to take in picturesque views of the lake’s glittering waters and the tranquil forests that surround it.
The Woodland and Champion Lodgepole Pine trails give you the opportunity to learn more about the native wildlife and plants through a self-guided tour on an easy-going trail with gorgeous vistas. In particular, the Champion Lodgepole Pine for which the latter trail is named stands out for being one of the tallest trees in the area, located at the end of a half-mile trail.
For hikers looking for something slightly more challenging, popular trails like Pine Knot Trail and Castle Rock Trail should do the trick. Pine Knot Trail will take you from Aspen Glen Picnic Area through a trail liked with white firs and Jeffrey pines up to the stunning Grand View Point. Meanwhile, Castle Rock offers sweeping three hundred and sixty degree views.
The most challenging trails in the area, fit for hikers who have a firm command of their technique, skills, and endurance, include ones like Cougar Crest Trail. With four to five and a half miles of increasingly rugged terrain, this trail takes hikers on a journey from just past the local Discovery Center to a juncture that merges with the renowned Pacific Crest Trail.
Make Your Escape to the Mountains with Big Bear Vacation Rentals
Contact our reservation specialists to learn additional details on Big Bear’s myriad of entertaining attractions and thrilling activities when you book your accommodations in one of the charming alpine vacation cabins that Big Bear Vacation Rentals has to offer today!