I had a blast descending this trail from Grand View on a mountain bike. I went on a Thursday morning and saw only one more biker on the trail and a handful of hikers on the way back. The climb to Grand View is challenging, requiring heavy use of granny gears, but is within moderate difficulty. There’s shade most of the way, only a few rocky spots and the single track trail is easy to follow. For added challenge try looping through Cabin 89 which has more technical climbing and many spots with sand and loose gravel. I plan on riding this trail again on my next trip to Big Bear.

Oh yeah - I forgot to include a little detail about our hike. As we were on about the last 1/2 mile back to the car... we saw a giant russling in the brush right next to the trail... followed by a GIANT ROAR of a BEAR. Unmistakedly that of a bear. We did not see the bear, and we high tailed down the trail upon hearing it.. but... no doubt. 100% certainty - it was a bear. Scared the living crap out of me (I have encountered bears MANY times in Yosemite, and know that Black bears are not aggresive toward humans.. none the less..pretty exciting..).

Really simple and easy walk up and loop back down.

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3 days ago

Not closed as of 6/2/20

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bugs
3 days ago

This is a nice trail that is really well maintained. The views are the best the first mile and then they are decent. I can see why most people on the trail are bikers. But the BUGS! Yuck! They were awful. Instead of hearing the birds and trees, it was buzzing of gnats and mosquitoes. On the bright side I got a great workout from all the swatting at the bugs. And yes, I wore bug repellent....the good stuff that will probably take 10 years off my life it’s so strong.

Great spot to do some easy trail running laps!

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bugs
4 days ago

The most interesting thing about this trail is probably the ecological gradient from scrub to thicker scrub to semi-forested as you climb. Saw numerous lizards, a couple rodents, a snake, a variety of flowers and butterflies. As others note, once you get up among the trees the flies are a nuisance and they seem pretty indifferent to DEET. If you like your trails to have a payoff, this isn’t a great option on its own, it just dead-ends into another trail near a campground. Decent views, on the way down especially, although nothing you haven’t seen if you hike in Riverside/San Diego backcountry regularly. Well-maintained, pretty steady gradient. Nothing wrong with it but not a must-do.

to find the trail park weisshorn and go down pine ridge the trail begins on the left side of the road. It is very steep and there are many buggies. but! there are beautiful views and nice little water all with pool area.. it's not crowded and very clean. I lost signal half way thru and was not able to finish the recording, but worth it!

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4 days ago

It was a fun hike. Nobody on it but 1 other lady. First 2 miles is nice(hard dirt conditions). Last mile is a little steep a d rocky. Views were incredible

Beautiful trail! It was a bit challenging at times with the elevation but totally worth finishing the view at the top was amazing.

Lovely easy walk in the woods. Mostly sandy/granite or dirt path. Lots of forest shade. A few bugs near the water, not enough to deter us from a little creek-side rest and splash around for the pup. A great afternoon loop for the family. Dirt road to get there has some large potholes. This trail crosses a few others, watch your navigation. Also crosses one or two OHV roads, eyes open near the intersections, which are very wide open, easy to spot. No great views unless you do the moderate uphill off-shoot that heads up to grand view point, which really is a grand view if you have the energy!

on Crafts Peak Trail

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rocky
5 days ago

Nice trail. Rocky and little scrambles a couple of times but overall a really nice hike. Encountered one rattlesnake on the way down.

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rocky
6 days ago

Did this trail at night. Pretty quick and sweet. Very rocky no 4x4 needed. Looked like a lot of spots to get out and enjoy the scenery.

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6 days ago

The first 4 miles up is awesome. Skip the road part...and beware if you follow the all trails map to a t you will end up in a ski resort and the trail is not accurate. Go up 4 miles. Then do the children’s garden then come back down. No need to walk the road. When you’re done drive to the top to get the views. Walking on roads suck.

Beautiful trail. Feels secluded even if there are lots of people on a summer Saturday due to the way it weaves between trees and hills. Most of the trail is at an easy incline with some up and downs; it’s the distance that makes this trail moderate difficulty. Most of the time you are hiking along partially shaded trails through pines with glimpses of the lake. Worth it to hike out to Grandview at the top. I would definitely do this trail again.

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6 days ago

Great hike! Good views and nothing too strenuous. I highly recommend.

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bugs
rocky
6 days ago

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6 days ago

Pleasant enough trail but at its best in cooler late fall or early spring seasons. Also a good location for cross country skiing.

Beautiful views!!

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6 days ago

Beautiful hike and does not have a drastic elevation change. I did this hike on a Saturday and started it at 6am. I would recommend going early because as I was hiking out I was seeing more and more people the later it got. Will do this again!

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6 days ago

Nice morning hike up to Keller Peak. Walked the road from the Exploration Trail bypassing the trail that leads up through the Snow Valley ski resort, have walked that section in the past and it is not a good trail. After some time at the peak I traveled off trail looking for a viable route that bypasses the not so fun road walk. This was my third time traveling off trail and this was the worst of the three routes I’ve tried. The beginning was good and the second half was good but the best route is going straight across to the west and then down. I will be back to work the best route in the near future.

Awesome trail! We started at the bottom of Keller’s Peak Rd and hiked up. There’s a small creek at the beginning. Some of the uphill parts were a little challenging, but then the trail evened out a bit. The views were great of Mt. Baldy and other peaks! Super cool scenery throughout. Ran into a few mountains bikers and a handful of other hikers on a Sunday mid-morning.

We started this trail about halfway up to the Grand View summit from where we were camping. So we missed the bulk of the climb which made most of the trail a rolling stroll through a large beautiful pine forest. It’s a lovely hike despite some bugs and the area is open to firewood cutting, so there are a lot of dead and downed trees. The final 1/4 mile up to the summit was the steepest part of the climb but nothing too strenuous and the unobstructed views of a snow capped San Gorgonio are worth it. We’ve been on several hikes around Big Bear Lake area and this was definitely one of the most peaceful. Few people, great views, well defined trails. Definitely put it on your list when you’re in the area. Enjoy!

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rocky
8 days ago

Fun trail! Lots of up and downhill both ways, some trees in the path, rocky.

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rocky
washed out
8 days ago

Road all the way to the top

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