Big Bear Trails
Big Bear Lake is a great place to go hiking. There are trails for every skill level. Choose from paved and easy or rocky and advanced, or anything in between! Each Big Bear trail offers a unique take on the San Bernardino National Forest.
An Adventure Pass is required for parking at U.S. Forest Service trailheads. Daily Passes are available at the Big Bear Visitors Center, however if you have an America the Beautiful (National Park) Pass, you can use that instead. Just leave it on your dashboard before you head out on the trail.
Happy Hills Trail
Happy Hills Trail – .2 miles one-way – Very Easy
Added in 2017, this ADA friendly route allows anyone to enjoy Big Bear’s trails system! The fenced and fully-paved path begins from the City Hall parking lot. Trail users can admire historical buildings and protected wildlife along the .2 mile stretch and picnic at any one of the numerous tables along the way.
Alpine Pedal Path
Alpine Pedal Path – Very Easy 2.5 miles One Way
This asphalt path meanders along the sparkling north shore of Big Bear Lake from Stanfield Cutoff to the Solar Observatory and Serrano Campground. This path features gentle ups-and-down as it winds through mature trees and meadows. An underground tunnel connects the path to the Cougar Crest Trail parking lot and continues on to the Big Bear Discovery Center where hikers can find water, restrooms, Adventure Parking Passes and local experts. Seasonal parking is available at Juniper Point Picnic Area and Meadow’s Edge Picnic Area (Adventure pass required for picnic area parking).
Rathbun Creek Trail
Rathbun Creek Trail – Very Easy
This flat and paved path along Rathbun Creek is perfect for strollers or wheelchairs. Trail starts at Elm Street, the stretch between Moonridge Road and Catalina Road.
Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk
Stanfild Marsh Boardwalk – Very Easy
This walking route takes visitors through the Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve which offers refuge to Big Bear’s avian population. Take time to read through the info boards to learn about the Valley’s diverse ecosystems and be sure to being your camera! Park at the corner of Big Bear Blvd and Stanfield Cutoff. Minimal parking is available for this route so you may want to gauge crowding before choosing to stop by.
Woodland Interpretive Trail
Woodland Interpretive Trail – 1.5 mile loop – Easy
Head out on this 2.57 km, loop trail near Big Bear City, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 48 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are March through November. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
Bristlecone Trail – 2.9 mile – Easy
Head out on this 2.9 mile, out and back trail near Big Bear Lake, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 15 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, trail running, and walking.
Towne Trail – 2.5 mile Loop – Easy
Try this 2.5 mile, out and back trail generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 21 min to complete. This is a popular trail for camping, hiking, and trail running, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The best times to visit this trail are March through November. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.
Champion Lodgepole Trail
Champion Lodgepole Trail – .6 mile one way – Easy
The Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail is a must-see on your trip to Big Bear. The area is beautiful and more lush than all the other areas in the mountains around Big Bear Lake. The best thing is that the trail is great for families with young children and grandparents. The trail is an easy 1/2 mile walk through the forest and along a little stream. The stream is seasonal and the water that flows here comes from rain and snow that percolates in the soil above and then underground rock causes it to surface along this stream.
Bluff Lake Reserve Trail
Bluff Lake Reserve Trail – 1.9 mile loop – Easy
The Bluff Lake Loop is located in the Bluff Lake Reserve which is managed by The Wildlands Conservancy. The short loop trail is very easy and features a rich diversity of wildlife, natural plants and a scenic alpine lake. The trail is popular for families, hikers and strollers. It is a little bit off the beaten track and is normally quiet. Bring a camera for great photo opportunities.
Grandview Trail – 9 miles – Beginner/Intermediate
A popular novice trail for hiking and biking, this adventure starts at Snow Summit with a ride on the Scenic Sky Chair to the top of the mountain. You’ll follow the Skyline Trail to Grandview Point Junction. This will be a longer trek, about 7.5 miles. There will be a fork in the trail where you have the option to go 2.5 miles to Grandview Point or loop back. Note: Dogs are not allowed on the Scenic Sky Chair.
Pine Knot Trail
Grandview Trail – 6 miles round trip – Intermediate
Pine Knot Trail begins at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area on Mill Creek Road. The trail winds through stands of white fir and Jeffrey pine, oaks and manzanita; crosses the 2N08 and skirts alongside the Deer Group Camp. You’ll end up at the 2N10 where you can hop on the Grandview Point trail for a .25 mile walk to the top for spectacular views of Mt. San Gorgonio.Experienced hikers make the round-trip in 3 hours or less. Families can pack in a picnic and have a wonderful half-day adventure. MTB riders can take the trails (or Cabin 89 Trail) from the same picnic area for a thrilling single-track experience!
Cabin 89 Trail – 2 miles one way – Intermediate/Difficult
As a hike, Cabin 89 is a moderate to intermediate climb. As a bike trail, steep and rocky sections make Cabin 89 more advanced – both uphill and down. Access is from the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, you will see signs for Pineknot Trail along the way. This is a popular mountain biking single track so stay alert for bikers.