Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California 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 family hike. Beautiful views and a well maintained trail.
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.
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
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.
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.