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

Alpine Pedal Path

The main scenic point offers a beautiful view of  Delamar Peak (8,398 feet) to the North and Sugarloaf Peak.

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Woodland Interpretive Trail

A great loop trail that is well marked and takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

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Champion Lodgepole Trail

A brief but beautiful trail running through the forest past some of the world’s largest pine trees.

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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.

 Family Trails?

That too.

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