Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point

MODERATE 94 reviews

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.

6.1 miles 1165 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

10 days ago

Great family hike. Beautiful views and a well maintained trail.

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21 days ago

23 days ago

Great hike!

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1 month ago

On 6 Nov 2016 at 1230. Took the Pineknot trailhead to Cabin. Then followed Cabin until it connected to Pineknot looping back out. 4.5 miles. Perfect weather. Good hike. There's a couple benches on the hike that have great views of the lake.

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1 month ago

Walked this for Halloween morning. Quiet trail as we only passed two or three other hikers. Great views at the top with lots of nature on the trail, we even passed a group of coyotes. Great for our dog who went 90% of the way with him off leash

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1 month ago

Very fun trail. We were racing an incoming storm and had our view blocked by fast moving clouds at the top. It was such an awesome experience we didn't even care.

This trail is very well established and worn. It intersects several other trails and even a fire/logging road at the bottom of Grand View Point. We encountered numerous bikers and even spotted a few trucks out looking for firewood.

1 month ago

Great trail! Caught the tail end of the fall colors which were beautiful. GPS actually showed 7.5 miles round trip.

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1 month ago

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!

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1 month ago

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!

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1 month ago

Beautiful sceneries along the trail, especially for fall colors watching

1 month ago

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1 month ago

great place to hike

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1 month ago

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.

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2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

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!

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2 months ago

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...

2 months ago

Grandview was ok - better views along the way. Good length and a good workout. Definitely recommend for any hiker looking for a nice hike.

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2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

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!!