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Once you get to the Grandview you won’t regret it! It’s such a beautiful view. The trail is moderate and I recommend the adventure.

Super good trail! Beautiful view of lake! Once on top of the overlook,beautiful view of valley

Awesome trail did this on 4/4/18 it was a bit challenging at rimes but well worth the view at the end. give yourself time to enjoy before you have to go back down.

hiking
18 days ago

Honestly this is one of my favorite hikes around Big Bear. Went up yesterday, about 10 miles. Parked at the blocked gate at the end of Rim of the World rd for free. Beautiful views, well maintained fire lookout. Chilly and windy up top but SO worth the view! Still some snow on the trail but won’t last long.

Beautiful, peaceful hike. If you’re driving towards Big Bear Village on 18, the parking will be on the left side of the road, and then you have to walk BACK 150 feet to find the trailhead on the right side of the road. First mile up is a climb, but later on the trails start turning into easier roads.

Great hike fairly easy,

hiking
1 month ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

came back a week and half later to do the whole hike. Brought my buddies with me, awesome hike only saw a hand full of people. The trail is beautiful all the way greenery! 3/11/18 there was still snow so that was awesome too.

awesome hike in the snow! only went as far as the snow let us, about a mile in. regardless it was beautiful can't eait to come back and get to the meadow.

No view of the lake but beautiful scenery. Awesome in the winter

Amazing hike with beautiful scenery. Could be challenging for some but the view is well worth it. I plan on doing this hike again very soon.

trail running
2 months ago

Took the butler peak trail. Trail running. Closed to cars. Amazing. Soft. Lil snowy. Epic views. And the tower. Just an incredible end to 5 miles up. Loved it.

I absolutely love this trail. It is so peaceful and beautiful all the way through especially the view at the end. I started the hike in the early morning and there weren't that many others until I was on my way back down.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Moderately challenging at the end with large incline. Overall pretty nice hike.

Beautiful and brisk. Poor Big Bear has no snow but it allowed for a beautiful hike and views that were beyond compare!

The trail definitely crosses the ski slopes a couple of times, so be aware of that! Besides that it was a great hike, easy to follow, with great views.

loved this trail did this during the santa Ana's when it was 90 in the valley but up here a cool 60 and hardly a breeze beautiful trail through forest and boulders and an absolutely stunning view at aptly named grand view

Great hike

Awesome trail! Has everything you’d want - inclines, views of the lake, dig friendly, decent distance and not crowded. Will do this one again and again.

3 months ago

good hike, great views, ruined with a giant satellite at the top.

wonderful view!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Great views. Nice and steady.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of trucks and jeeps. Be careful with traffic. Start early during summer months. Pretty view once you get to the top.

Absolutely love this trail! Very pretty, scenery is awesome.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice view from the top. The cougar crest half isn’t to bad but once you hit the road there are some good climbs.

3 months ago

At the peak you can see both Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead.

Great trail! It's very pretty, and it's definitely worth it to go the extra 1/4 mile (one-way) from the junction to the Grand Viewpoint.
Note that you need an Adventure Pass to park in the parking lot at the trailhead, which is $5 for the day pass (or an Interagency pass). They do not sell them at the trailhead, but do have a list of local vendors posted. The closest store that sells them is Abbey Rose, at the junction of Mill Creek Rd and Big Bear Blvd, but they only take cash for the passes. The local 7-11s also sell them and will take cards.
On a Friday in December, I only saw a handful of people on the trail, including mountain bikers.

very very easy offroad trail. nice views though

this trail is currently CLOSED as of December 1st until june or july next year. it is a breeding ground for bald eagles and the forest service has banned people from entering that part of the mountain. they will fine the people who ignore the notices and still hike the trail. Butler Peak trail is open and only about a mile further into Fawnskin.

hiking
4 months ago

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