Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Pine Knot Trail starts at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area and features oaks, pines, wildflowers, and spectacular views of Big Bear Lake. Continue in a primarily southerly direction until you approach Grand View Point (7,784 ft. elevation) - located about one-quarter mile beyond the intersection of the Pine Knot Trail and FS Road 2N10. The trail is sometimes heavily inundated with bike and equestrian traffic but is usually in good condition, and is amazingly serene-switchbacking through thick forest and meadows it elevates the hiker to lofty lake vistas and ultimately to a panoramic point from which San Gorgonio and Catalina Island can be seen. Autumn colors are particularly breathtaking along this trail, and summer graces the Pine Knot path with a profusion of wildflowers. To reach Grand View Point, continue along 1EO1 beyond its intersection with 2N08-at the junction with 2N10, hike about 1/4 mile along the remaining peninsular path.
Great trail! Caught the tail end of the fall colors which were beautiful. GPS actually showed 7.5 miles round trip.
This trail was so beautiful and so much fun! We had three kids and two dogs and still enjoyed it! There are gorgeous fall trees and when you get high enough you can see the lake!
Loved it! We did it yesterday and the fall colors were beautiful! The leaves will probably only last another week or so but if you can go soon it is worth it!
Beautiful sceneries along the trail, especially for fall colors watching
great place to hike
Such a wonderful place. I would also recommend doing the Castle Trail, Shorter but tougher. One of most memorable things about this trip was the staff working at the information center. I believe their name was Kim and Laurie. Amazing people. We did not have enough cash to pay for parking, so they ended up covering for us. If you read this review, thank you again.
This beautiful trail is everything you could ask for! Great views of the lake, perfect difficulty and amount of tree cover. 3 miles to the view point and 3 miles back on the same trail to the parking lot.
Beautiful hike! Fairly easy, not too much altitude gain. We started from Aspen Glen Picnic area and then hiked to Grand View Point on the Pine Knot trail. From there we went along the Skyline Trail. Beautiful the whole way. Amazing views in every direction. We then took Camp Osito Rd to the Cabin trail back to Aspen Glen. Long hike but well worth it!
Low traffic on a sunny Tuesday morning at the end of summer. Pleasant breeze. Good amount of shade. Moderate rating due to altitude gain only, otherwise not challenging. Few sections rocky ground, otherwise fairly even walking. Wildlife (saw deer), lovely scenery. No bugs or poison oak. Ticks all the boxes for me! Reminds you why you love to hike in CA...
Grandview was ok - better views along the way. Good length and a good workout. Definitely recommend for any hiker looking for a nice hike.
Nice trail, Heavily used. Great views at the top.
Hiked with some friends who don't normally hike and they had fun. Was not too hard. Nice hike for beginners looking for a little challenge.
great trail, keep an eye and ear out for bikers (who were all great with trail etiquette). the variety of incline and decline on this trail really made for a nice cardio and muscle interval hike! took me about 2.5 hours. bring lots of water!! my camelbak was dry halfway back to the parking lot. enjoy!!
Trail great. Great trail for most. Take lots of water. Pretty steep first few miles.
We had perfect weather conditions with some clouds and a high temp of 80. It's a long hike but we made it to Grandview, which was totally worth it. The trail itself is well maintained and easy to follow. My dog went with us and he did fine. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks. Enjoy!
Beautiful hike, very well maintained trail
Great trail. Very scenic with many photo opportunities of what makes California a great state to be in. Also is a ranged trail between easy and semi difficult.
Good hike, pretty sure it's longer than the listed 6.1, but I didn't measure. Good shade along the entirety of the trail. If you just want the view you can drive to the viewpoint
I've done this hike twice. Nice views on the way up. Grand view is worth the extra 10 minutes. The bus swarms at the beginning and end are why I give this 3 stars.