Big Bear Valley offers some of the most beautiful and serene hiking and biking trails in Southern California. They range from easy to considerably more challenging. Big Bear was voted "Best Hiking in Southern California" by readers of the Orange County Register.
ALPINE PEDAL PATH / 2.5 MILES, VERY EASY: The Alpine Pedal Path is an asphalt path that wanders along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. It is easily accessible for hiker, skaters, joggers and even strollers and wheelchairs. It starts at Stanfield Cutoff and ends at the Discovery Center.
WOODLAND TRAIL / 1.5 MILE LOOP, EASY: This is a unique nature trail with 20 posted stops. Pick up a pamphlet at the entrance and take the self-guided tour where you will learn about botany, geology, and the wildlife of this dry woodland area. You can leave your car in the parking lot if you exhibit an Adventure Pass.
CHAMPION LODGEPOLE PINE TRAIL / .6 MILE ROUND-TRIP, EASY: The Lodgepole Pine Trail is on the south side of the lake and is a gentle walk down a path along a stream, ending up at the Champion Lodgepole Pine, one of the largest known lodgepoles in California. Begin by driving up Mill Creek (Forest Road 2N10) for 4.5 miles, turn right on 2N11 and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.
COUGAR CREST TRAIL / 4-5 MILES, MODERATE-DIFFICULT: The Cougar Crest Trail starts .6 miles west of the Discovery Center on HWY. 38. You will need an Adventure Pass to park in the trailhead parking area. On the Cougar Crest Trail you will walk through a wide variety of natural environments. The first mile is a gentle uphill climb, but after a mile or so you will realize you are gaining altitude. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the juncture of the world famous 2,600 mile long Pacific Crest Trail.
SNOW SUMMIT/GRANDVIEW LOOP BIKE TRAIL / 9 MILES, LOW INTERMEDIATE: 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.
JOHN BULL LOOP BIKE TRAIL / 14.9 MILES, INTERMEDIATE: Start at the bas of Van Dusen Canyon (3N09). It is a nice 3.4 mile warm up climb to Holcomb Valley. It flattens out after a while but soon it turns steep, rutted and sandy. If you do it right, you will end up back at your car.
GROUT BAY BIKE TRAIL / 13 MILES, INTERMEDIATE: This trail starts with a short paved climb from the Fawnskin Fire Department up to (3N14), continue 2.5 miles to Hanna Flat campground. From there Grout Bay Trail starts at the back of the campsite and starts climbing. The trail climbs and descends and you will end your ride back to Fawnskin.
Please Remember: If you plan to park your vehicle in the forest or at many of the trailheads, you will need to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it in your vehicle when parked. You can buy the pass from any Forest Service officer or at a number of businesses throughout the valley.