Ponderosa and Whispering Pines Nature Trails is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Whispering Pines Trail and Ponderosa Nature Trails are directly across the road from another. These two short loop hikes combine for just over one mile of pleasant strolling. Distance wise, the two trails are rather similar. However, the Ponderosa Nature Trail includes many more long distant views of the canyon below. Given the day of choice to visit, rather dramatic skies often accompany the view. Both trails pass under a forest canopy of black oak and pine, with the much taller trees along the Whispering Pines Trail. The fall season provides the most rewarding time to visit. The changing leaves add quite a bit of color to the two small loops, making for a much more memorable visit than on a hot day in the summer. These are easy loops that can be completed by visitors of all ages.
Super quick and easy!
Good trail. It was the first hike our family went on. Kids (2 and 4) did great till about the last half mile. They were done by then. Never saw the "short" route turnoff so we did the full 1.4 miles. Well marked trail and while marked as easy here, the placard at the trailhead said it was moderate. My out-of-shape butt didn't need to stop but the wife and kids did. Would love to do it again in the spring or early summer.
Both short loops are easily accessible and completed by people of all ages. On my visit, the only other people I saw were speeding by on the mountain highway. There are several other trails along Highway 38, on the way to Big Bear. These two short loops make a great introduction to the region, and in my case, helped whet my appetite to see more.