Beautiful scenery, interpretive trails, family-friendly walks and scenic vistas, there’s something for everyone.
Home to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, Big Bear is truly a hikers dream. There are trails available for every activity level, from the paved Alpine Walking & Pedal Path along Big Bear Lake’s north shore, to the steep Castle Rock trail, ending at a giant granite monolith.
Castle Rock can be climbed on one side without equipment, and on the other side, there are a few class 5.12 climbs. Once at the top the view of the lake and valley are amazing. In summer Snow Summit Ski Resort also provides a chairlift ride to the top so even the most inexperienced hikers can take in the views from the ridge.
Featured Hikes in Big Bear
The main scenic point offers a beautiful view of Delamar Peak (8,398 feet) to the North and Sugarloaf Peak.
A great loop trail that is well marked and takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
Big Bear is also a stop on the Pacific Coast Trail, a backpacking route from Mexico to Canada. In Spring, one can see many “through hikers” stopping in Big Bear for a hot shower, good meal, and a real bed.
You can find more on the Pacific creat trail here.