THINGS TO DO IN BIG BEAR
Big Bear Lake is a unique mountain resort community located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. About 21,000 residents make their home here full-time.
Altitude ranges from 6,750 to 9,000 feet. There are over 300 days of sunshine each year. Summer temperatures average around 80 degrees during the day, and 45 degrees at night. Winter brings about 100 inches of snowfall, and temperatures which average in the low 40’s during the day, and mid 20’s at night.
Pine and oak forests flourish in Big Bear’s alpine environment. The area provides a natural habitat for approximately 30 wintering bald eagles and 29 species of rare plants, ten of which are indigenous to the area.
BIG BEAR IS OPEN FOR SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL ACTIVITIES
Boating season has started. Our 6 marinas have all you need to enjoy the lake.
Come reel in Big Bucks and plenty of fish during the fishing season.
Snow Summit Bike Park opens in May.
Hiking is an all year event.
Horseback riding continues in the mountains and forest
Off roading driving yourself or being driven
Ziplining for the adventurous
Get close to the animals at the ZOO
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Big Bear Mountain Resort offers two distinct mountains to suit your style of recreation, all at a single rate! Together, Bear Mountain (2 miles from the Alpenhorn) specially groomed for snowboarders and Snow Summit (1 mile from Alpenhorn) totally family friendly, offer more than 436 developed acres, 26 lifts, four high-speed chairs, 1,800 vertical feet, and more than 200 park features.
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For all your equipment needs Blauer’s Board Shop is at the corner of Knight Avenue and Big Bear Boulevard within walking distance of the Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast Inn. Get your equipment the night before without having to pay an extra day and be ready for enjoying the best snow first thing in the morning.
Grizzly Ridge Tube Park is located at Snow Summit, 1 mile from the Alpenhorn. Children must be in 42 inches tall to participate.
Big Bear Snow Play is located at 42825 Big Bear Boulevard and is 2.4 miles from the Alpenhorn on the border of Big Bear City.
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is located at 800 Wildrose Lane and is 1.4 miles from the Alpenhorn towards the west on Big Bear Boulevard
The Towne Trail
The Towne trail goes from the town of Big Bear Lake on Knickerbocker Avenue to the base of Snow Summit a hike of 2.7 miles through the forest and is an easy to moderate hike.
From the Alpenhorn you walk up Knight Avenue to the edge of the forest. We This is the most difficult part of the hike as we are at 6,900 feet above sea level. Follow the foot path to the left up the hill. At the first stop you will have a great view of the lake. Continue up to the left and you will come to the easily identifiable Towne Trail. Make a good mental note of the the big rocks. On your way back you will exit the trail here to get back to the Alpenhorn. No real problem if you miss this turn off you will end up in Knickerbocker Avenue close to the restaurants and stores in Pine Knot Avenue.
Castle Rock Trail
Castle Rock Trail is one of Big Bear’s most popular trails 2.4 miles roundtrip. The trail begins 1 mile east of Big Bear Dam on Hwy 18. On the south side of Hwy 18 is a small brown sign that marks the trailhead. Park at the turnout along Hwy 18. The elevation gain is 500′, making it a steep climb for the first .5 miles. The well-marked trail levels out for another .7 miles. At the top is an impressive granite rock outcropping providing 360° panoramic views.
Alpine Pedal Path 2.5 miles away, very easy
An asphalt path that wanders along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. From the Alpenhorn go right on Big Bear Boulevard and continue past Vons to the next traffic light where you turn left cross the lake. At the stop turn left and park in the parking lot on the left. Easily accessible for hikers, bikers, skaters, joggers, strollers and wheelchairs. It starts at Stanfield Cutoff and ends at the Solar Observatory.
For a map of all the hiking trails around Big Bear Lake click HERE