Top Adventures in Big Bear

  • Explore Van Dusen Cabin

    This is a great day trip to spend in the mountains. from Highway 18 at the Big Bear Dam you turn left onto highway 38 around the north shore of Big Bear. Continue till you see the sign Van Dusen Rd and turn left. The paved road takes you through r...

  • Rock Climb Holcomb Valley

    Most of the drive to Holcomb Valley is done on regular paved roads until about the last hour when you get above Big Bear Lake and you start your journey on dirt roads. The road is extremely bumpy and has lots of pot holes but there are generally q...

  • Camp at Holcomb Valley Campground

    This campground is awesome! With great views, plenty of space and clean bathrooms it'll have you in for a treat! Whether it be a multiple day trip or just one night this campground is awesome. Read below for information if you are looking for a tr...

  • Hike the Cougar Crest Trail

    On the north side of Big Bear Lake, just off the 38, you will find a turn off for the Cougar Crest Trail. The parking lot is well marked, and signs for the trailhead are easy to spot. Parking is not an issue if you come in later in the afternoon, ...

    6.7 miles 938 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike Pine Knot Trail in Big Bear

    Park at the free parking lot behind the village off of Knickerbocker Rd between Village Drive and Pedder Road. Ride up Knickerbocker Rd towards the mountain. Look out for the fire service road 2N08 that veers left and uphill. The first 2 miles is ...

    6 miles 1413 ft gain

  • Off-Road Jacoby Canyon

    This is now my favorite trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. Ranging from desert scenes at the bottom and pine trees at the top, you experience such high levels of outdoors feel you can't resist. This trail has so many awesome spots for ca...

    2.9 miles

  • Snowshoe to Grand View Point

    Grand View Point is accessed via Pine Knot Trail, a 6.5 mile out and back hiking trail located at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, 1 mile from Big Bear Village. With its close proximity to town, Pine Knot Trail is popular in the summer with mountain bi...

    6.1 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Hike Grays Peak Trail

    This is a fairly easy mountain peak to climb.  The trailhead is easily accessible right off of Hwy 38 by the town of Fawnskin.  There is a large National Forest sign noting the parking area to Grays Peak Trail.  Note that parking in this lot requi...

    7 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Hike the Castle Rock Trail at Big Bear Lake

    Follow the directions to the trail head, and park on the side of the road. You will see a sign that says Castle Rock Trail, and the path is directly behind that sign.The hike up to the peak is steep, sandy, and very rocky, so shoes with good tract...

    2.7 miles 757 ft gain

  • Winter Hike Around Jenks Lake

    If you want to experience winter, beauty and solitude in SoCal look no further than Jenks Lake. Not too far from Big Bear Lake, but secluded enough to keep most away in the winter, Jenks Lake is a small but lovely alpine lake near HWY 38 in Angelu...

  • Summit Mt. San Bernardino from Angelus Oaks

    The trailhead is somewhat 'interesting' to get to given the dirt roads are in questionable shape and some of the roads in Angelus Oaks are not easily identifiable but I didn't have any problems finding it by closely following Google Maps.    Trail...

    16 miles 4775 ft gain

  • Summit Mt. San Gorgonio

    A hiking permit is required to hike in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Apply for the permit early as the Vivian Creek Trail is the second most popular trailhead for the area and quotas fill up in advance. The permits are free and the entire process c...

    17 miles 5840 ft gain

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      Deer Group Camp

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