Best Hiking and Biking Trails
The Big Bear Valley offers some of the finest trails in Southern California. With a wide range of trails for the newest to the most experienced hikers and bikers, the Big Bear Valley has much to offer for the biker or hiker. We here at Getboards have compiled a list of the trails we recommend for all skill levels. The list below is sorted by experience and has the type of bike recommended for them.
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Beginner trails: These trails are for those who are just getting started with Hiking or are just getting their bearings biking. The trails themselves have pavement or established trail paths, gentle inclines, and/or shorter distances. These Big Bear hiking trails will give you a beautiful view without the hassle. The best type of bikes for these trails are cruisers. Need to rent one? Click here For rates and reservations
Alpine Pedal Path 2.5 miles long
The Alpine Pedal Paths is an asphalt path that travels along the north shore of beautiful Big Bear Lake. Easily accessible for everyone, It starts at Stanfield Cutoff and ends at the Solar Observatory. This is the prime spot for those who wish to just take it easy.
Woodland Trail 1.5 mile loop
An original and unique nature trail with a self guided tour featuring 20 posted stops. Pick up a pamphlet at the entrance and take the self-guided tour where you will learn about local botany, geology and the wildlife of the area. An adventure pass is required to park. You can pick them up in either of our locations or at the discovery center.
Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail .6 mile round-trip
While not the easiest of these to get to, The Lodgepole Pine Trail is well worth the trip. Located on the south side of the lake and this trail is a gentle walk down a path along a stream that ends up at the Champion Lodgepole Pine one of the largest known lodgepoles in the world.
To get to the trail head, begin by driving up the dirt road Mill Creek Road, Forest Road 2N10, for 4.5 miles then turn right on 2N11 and continue 1 mile to the trail head.
Moderate: These trails are for the more experienced. These Big Bear hiking trails feature limited to no pavement, harsher inclines, and longer distances than the beginner trails. These trails will give you a beautiful view. The best type of bikes for these Big Bear mountain biking trails are front or full suspension mountain bikes. Do you need to rent one? Click here For rates and reservations
The Skyline Trail 15 miles
The Skyline Trail is a longer moderate trail. Clocking in at 15 miles up and back being recommended for beginner to intermediate. The Skyline Trail is located on the backside of Snow Summit, and begins where the US Forest service roads 2N10 and 2N06 meet. The trail follows the 2N10, and weaves from east to west.
Castle Rock Trail 2.4 miles round-trip
The Castle Rock Trail Big Bear's most popular trails. The trail begins 1 mile east of Big Bear Dam on Highway 18. Located on the south side of Highway 18 is a small brown sign that marks the trail head with parking at the turnout along the highway. The elevation gain is 500 feet making it a steep climb for the first half miles. The well-marked trail levels out for another seventh of a mile. At the top is an impressive granite rock outcropping providing 360 degree view prefect for panoramic pictures.
Pine Knot Trail 6 miles round-trip
Beginning at the base of Aspen Glen Picnic Area located south of Mill Creek Road, The trail goes through stands of white fir and Jeffrey pine trees. The trail leads to Grand View Point which has an altitude of 7,784 feet. The avid hikers can make the round trip hike in three hours. Mountain bikers are able to take the Scenic Sky Chair to 2N10 west to 1E01 for a adrenaline filled single track experience.
Snow Summit/Grandview Loop Bike Trail 9 miles
A very popular novice ride that starts by taking the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair. This ride has a 3-mile roller coaster ride to Grandview Point Junction. There you have the option to ride 2.5 miles to Grandview Point where the view is beautiful and well worth the extra time.
Grout Bay Bike Trail 13 miles
This trail starts with a short paved climb from the Fawnskin Fire Station up to 3N14. Continue 2.5 miles to Hanna Flat campground. From there, Grout Bay Trail starts at the back of teh campsite and starts climbing. The trail climbs and descends, ending your ride back in to Fawnskin.
EXPERT: These trails are for those who are the most seasoned. No pavement, harder to get to, tougher inclines, and a view worth working for. The best type of bikes for these Big Bear mountain biking trails are Full Suspension Mountain Bikes. Need to rent one? Click here For rates and reservations
Cougar Crest Trail 4-5.5 miles
This trail starts a sixth or a mile west of the Discovery Center on Highway 38. Once on the trail you will travel through a variety of natural environments. The first mile is a gentle uphill climb, but after that mile you will realize you are gaining altitude. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the juncture of the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail. An adventure pass is required to park at the trail head. Adventure pass can be purchased at either of our stores or at the discovery center.
John Bull Loop Bike Trail 14.9 miles
The hardest trail of all, the John Bull Loop Bike Trail will require stamina and navigation skills. You will Start at Van Dusen Canyon Rd. and ride up 3.5 miles to Holcomb Valley onto 3N16 turn left on to 3N07 then turn right on to 3N43 then turn left to "The John Bull Trail." It's about 3 miles of technical riding before you come 3N32 then turn right onto 3N16. Take another right at 3N09, which will lead you back to your starting point. Don't forget your map!
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