Big Bear is one of the best places to enjoy hiking, with beautiful mountain views and a charming town to return to. There are plenty of places to eat and things to do in Big Bear, but you won’t want to miss out on at least one hike during your trip.
Best Places to Hike in Big Bear
Where to Stay
Of course, you will need the perfect place to stay while you’re in town. Our tiny home is perfect for a getaway with just two people, cozy but fully equipped with luxury bedding, HDTVs, a hot tub, a fully stocked kitchen, and concierge service.
If you are thinking of embarking on a mountain hike, coming home to our romantic cabin in the woods will be the perfect ending to your special day. We are honored to say that many couples have included our tiny home in their proposals, and we can see why!
Planning Your Hike
Before embarking on your hike, stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center, where you can get a daily pass that is required for parking at all trailheads and recreation areas. Simply place the pass on your dash and enjoy parking at any of the Big Bear hikes you want to try.
Happy Hills Trail-Easy
This trail is just shy of 1 mile and is wheelchair accessible, a perfect hike for those who just want a quick, scenic nature walk without working up a sweat. Beginning at the Big Bear City Hall parking lot, Happy Hills Trail is a fully paved, fenced path that winds along historic buildings and protected wildlife. There are multiple picnic tables along the way to stop and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful setting.
Alpine Pedal Path-Easy
If you rent some bikes, or bring your own, check out Alpine Pedal Path for an easy place to enjoy a bike ride. The 2.5 mile path is fully paved and meanders along the shores of Big Bear Lake, with views of the mountains and ski resorts. You will also enjoy views of alpine meadows, juniper and pine forests, and seasonal wildflowers.
Starting at Stanfield Cutoff and ending at Solar Observatory, Alpine Pedal Path will take you past a campground and a picnic area, and is wide enough to comfortably accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.
Pine Knot Trail-Intermediate
Beginning at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, the Pine Knot Trail is a 6 mile roundtrip hike. Experienced hikers will complete the trek in about 3 hours, while some take a bit longer. There are plenty of places to stop for a scenic picnic along the way, including a .25 mile detour onto the Grandview Pointe trail for a breathtaking view of Mt. San Gorgonio.
Castle Rock Trail-Intermediate
Probably Big Bear’s most popular hike, Castle Rock Trail is best for intermediate-level hikers. The 2.4 mile hike is not the longest in the area, but it is quite challenging, through a densely forested area with boulder outcroppings, and a seasonal creek and waterfall in the Spring. During the Fall, the colorful foliage makes for a particularly beautiful experience. The trail is named after Castle Rock, an impressive granite outcropping that offers amazing views of Big Bear Lake.
John Bull Loop Trail-Advanced
Looking for a challenge? John Bull Loop Trail is a 14.9 mile hike that will require stamina and navigation skills. The loop is perfect if you are looking for a serious workout through the beautiful forests, offering beautiful views along the way that make it worthwhile.
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