Explore the most popular lake trails in San Bernardino National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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

12 days ago

Amazing hike! Great views. Nice and steady.

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

Last person to summit in 2017! Lucky to have scored this hike at end of Dec. Made the summit in 3hr 45min

20 days 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.

Good challenging day hike. Will definitely do it again.

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.

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.

We didn't see a soul on the trail until we were half way down. Great hike!

Beautiful hike. The lake was dry, but the streams were flowing and beautiful. There were a few trees fallen over the trail after a recent rainstorm.

1 month ago

Good little family walk.

Great hike with a good elevation climb. View at the top is amazing but pay attention what path you came from. The trail leads to like a 6 point junction of trails, roads and mountain bike path, very easy to get turned around.

Fun little hike, good jump off spot for longer hikes to Aztec Fall and PCT

Beautiful way to summit. No water right now past the dry lake and dollar lake junction. Pack accordingly.

1 month ago

Great hike with easy to follow trail. You can park for free at the big bear discovery centre & walk along the short connection trail from there to the start of the trail head.

Good distance, incline, nice view!

Excellent, well marked trail. Spectacular views. It was a little more crowded than I care for and there were a fair number of mountain bikes that required keeping an eye behind you as well as in front. All in all, a great hike.

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