Keller Peak is a 13.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Running Springs, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
This is a great trail with beautiful views! Disclaimer: the trail starting from Exploration Trail to Keller Peak is actually about 12 miles and 2000 elevation gain. This was my 2nd attempt doing this hike, as the first time I didn't have enough water and only prepared for the length that All Trails stated. This time I was more prepared and totally worth the extra miles and elevation to get to the peak:)
All around gorgeous, even in summer it's pretty cool up there lots of shade beautiful views/scenery! Don't miss out on the ranger post it was a little scary (steep stairs) and it got super Windy while we were up there but it was so nice the kids loved it!
Great trail ! Lots of shade and great changing landscape.
Writing this review about 6 months after I was there. Pretty easy trail, but I stopped about a mile or two short of the peak. Next time I'll go all the way. Lots of bugs in early summer. Some people, but not crowded.
A great drive up site with stunning views from the tower.
Absolutely gorgeous views. Went all the way to the peak and back. Biggest pine cones I've ever seen in my life, trees that grow in the upper elevations and are gorgeous. About 3.5 hours there and 2 back.
I hiked this trail about 6 years ago and thankfully it hasn't changed much - good views and scenery - wish the last 1.5 miles up to Keller Peak wasn't on pavement but its a good moderate hike and the views from the ranger post are really great.
Had a chance to ride this trail while visiting Lake Arrowhead...nice trail, start from trailhead at the bottom and earn the downhill single track back to your car after the out and back....i rode this during a snow/sleet storm so had to cut the ride short but was still a great ride. Parking very limited and you will need the pass which you can get just about anywhere, gas station etc.
This trail gives a great overview of the mountains around Running springs and big bear. Though the description says it is for mountain biking, I suggest far more hikers use it then mountain bikers. A nice addition to the end of this trail is to continue to the top of Keller Peak (7,882 ft), a Sierra classic peak. The upper mile and a half will be along a paved roadway if you choose this option. There is little to no traffic from cars so the peace and serenity is all yours. Both at the top of Keller Peak and at points along the way you will find fantastic views of the mountains and out to San Diego and the LA basin.
This is a wonderful moderate trail which can become quite difficult depending on the past weather conditions and the maintenance. It is one of my recommended hikes for those visiting Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding areas.
The trail has wild flowers, a creek, lots of wild life, wonderful views, and can be accessed from road side either at the beginning (parking is limited at the foot of the trail), or numerous turnouts along the adjacent 5 mile paved road. A wilderness adventure pass is required to park anywhere in the San Bernardino mountains and can be purchased for the ranger's station, or numerous other locations.
If you are in Lake Arrowhead, do not miss this one!