Explore the best 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.

hiking
21 hours ago

Super easy trail. Perfect for beginners. Went with my sister who carried a baby on her back the entire time. My dog had a blast. We didn't see very many people. Definitely a fun little trail.

Loved every minute!!! Trail isn't too hard and the views are awesome

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

We hiked this trail today and it was absolutely amazing. It is a little challenging, especially towards the end getting up to the peak. The views are incredible and there are lots of little side trails and places to stop and picnic or just rest and take in the views. The place is pristine - not a single piece of trash or litter anywhere - great to see people so respectful! The weather was perfect - definitely bring a lot of water and stay hydrated - your sweat evaporates (as it should) in the altitude and so it's hard to tell you're working so hard without seeing the sweat. We had a large camelback that lasted for the trip, and a few granola bars as well. Stop by the North Shore Cafe when you're done for a drink and a bite!

mountain biking
7 days ago

Fun little trail. Great view. Bit of a workout and some easy fun

hiking
8 days ago

This trail is great and everything a "moderate" trail should be. Beautiful views, perfectly strenuous to get the blood flowing but nothing extreme. Great single track is fun to trek down. HOWEVER, the GNATS are INSANE!
They were so bad that we cut the hike short just 2 miles in before we just has to turn back. I'm not even sure repellent would have helped, though definitely bring some and apply liberally if you go. The moral of the story here, although the trail is terrific, is to wait until the fall or spring when (presumably) the gnats arent around.

hiking
11 days ago

We parked at the Cougar Crest parking lot and hiked to Bertha's Peak from there. Definitely challenging for amateur hikers but doable! The trail seems to split at one point past the PCT trail marker and its not clearly marked which direction you should take. However, if you stay to the left you will be following the access road which would be the best option for those who aren't so sure footed. If you take the fork to the right it will be a steep and rocky incline that meets up with the access road so either path will keep you headed in the right direction. We ate lunch at the peak and enjoyed the gorgeous view of Big Bear lake. Another hiker offered to take a group photo of us with the lake in the background. Very thoughtful and it created a great memory for our group!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful views all along this trail. Bring plenty of water with you. The Cougars Crest portion of this trail is pretty rocky so watch your footing. The last turn onto the access road to go up to the peak is pretty steep but do able. Also must have an adventure pass when parking at the trail head or they will ticket you.

Great trail! The first mile is the most incline-heavy but is definitely manageable. The views are amazing and worth the hike.

hiking
12 days ago

very easy trail. would recommend for those just starting to hike and those with small children.

depending on the season there are numerous streams to stop at.

Beautiful place. I have nothing but the best to say about this place. Very clean. People are so friendly. There's a little village where you can eat and buy home made apple pies. This place is amazing for family time. You can go and pick apples, feed animals etc. Definitely going back!!

Great place to get away and enjoy nice scenery, went on the scenic vista hike which overlooks Riley's farms restaurant! And the preserve is right next to Los Rios ranch so you can grab some apple cider and a snack to top off your hiking trip.

hiking
13 days ago

Great mountain and lake views from the north side of Big Bear lake. It's a long hike but worth the views at the end. Parking pass is required.