Crafts Peak Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Crafts Peak Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Green Valley Lake, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

snow

washed out

Closed fire road to the summit.

2 days ago

The access to this trail is either through a campground, which you have to park outside of and walk through to get to the trailhead; or, you can take a left less than a quarter mile before the campground on forest road 2N13 [a 4x4 vehicle is strongly recommended for this road]. The trail head is the beginning of road 2N13D, and there is ample parking to the right [not paved].
The trail itself is quite easy for the first 4 miles, as it is basically a regular gravel road. The trail/road is fully drivable for most 4x4s until the last mile, in case you want to shorten your on foot trek.
It is possible to drive even the last mile if you have a serious off-road capable vehicle; if you’re not alone and very experienced, you can do this last mile with a X-Terra, TRD, or a Cherokee Trailhawk or better, emphasis on better.
Back to hiking; the last mile has two steep parts, but still not technical. The trail only gets technical on the last hundred feet or so.
I really like this trail for its flexibility and for being very dog friendly.

4 days ago

Nice hike. Steep elevations though. Only saw two small groups of hikers the whole trip.

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17 days ago

Steeper and loose rocks last mile of the hike. Peaceful and beautiful! At the closed gate bear right then at next fork bear left. Took 2.5 hours up and 1.25 hour back

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1 month ago

Upon arriving at the camp ground I was confused as to parking and where the trail was so I parked back down the road in an open field where 2N13A starts which took us around the camp ground. Once we got to where 2N13D split I noticed the route though the camp ground so we took that on the way back and it all made sense. The hike was easy going with beautiful views all around. We saw to deer ahead of us cross our path. There were also lots of birds and chipmunks. Toward the end the climb became rocky and we exerted more energy in our climb. Upon arriving at the peak we were rewarded with views of lakes, a ski area, and the other peaks in the area. We sat and enjoyed our snacks and then took in the view a little more before heading back down. One thing I really liked was being the only ones on that trail. When we started we passed a man and his dog and on our near the end we passed three young men who were just starting their hike. It was so peaceful and quiet. On our way out we drove through Big Bear and they had a popular hiking trail by the road that had tons of people coming and going. I was so happy with our choice.

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1 month ago

Back your car into an open space near the sign for Green Valley Campground and walk through the campground. There are several restrooms at the campground and the trail head is at the far end of the campground past the closed rd sign. At the first fork stay to the trail on the far right to 2N13A. Take that trail all the way to the peak. The last mile or so was covered in shale and kid of slippery especially on the way back down. It takes a bit of a rock scramble to get to the actual peak and there were plenty of angry red ants near the top so be careful where you sit. There were also a lot of gnats in the morning and a fair amount of shade. Not some much shade or as many gnats on the way back down. You can see Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake at the top and there are some other pretty views along the way. Counting the walk through the campground and on the closed rd to the trailhead we clocked about 8 miles to the peak.

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3 months ago

Awesome hike and great views at the top. Stay on the dirt road 2N13D and take it to the top that way. Much easier than the original recording and I parked .3 miles before the begining of 2N13D and it came out to over 7 miles with 1500 ft elevation gain (a lot of which is in the last mile to the top)

8 months ago

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

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Trail is easy to miss, but fire road goes close to peak, and you can intercept trail by following a cut up the hillside. Couldn't get to the actual peak without trudging through thorn bushes, so skipped that part. However, views were spectacular all along the way! Makes it all worth while.

This was the first time using this App. I downloaded trail into phone, and switched to airplane mode at trail head to save battery, and it worked fine. Looking forward to more.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

We didn't make it to the dick rock because we wandered off for some views but it was a cool area, not sure green and lush from whatever fire last came through but the dogs loved it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Trailhead is really hard to find

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Monday, September 26, 2016

We live in Lake Arrowhead and this is my favorite trail...at least so far. Very picturesque with a good gradual climb to the peak. One time we tried to follow the exact trail as mapped out but it took us into some more challenging terrain where there were no trails. Since then we only follow the road which has stunning views. We're just so surprised how little wildlife we see on this trail. I know, they probably see us, but I would expect to come across at least a deer.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cool views of Arrowhead, Baldy, Big Bear and the desert below from the trail.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Great not so hard hike. It's at the end of Green Valley campground. The campground looks wonderful and I plan to go camp there one day. Don't be confused by the first open trail looking path with the metal gate to the right top of the end of the road. That leads to not much. The trail head is just a little further past.

With it being on the north side of the mountain and never crossing over the ridge it stays cool and shady. There was a lot of snow and a health running creek running along most of it. At one point I just hiked up to get to the top of one of the peaks so I could get an outlook which was hard but not terrible. The path itself is wide.

There are a couple restaurants and a general store close by so if you get hungry afterwards you can get something afterwards.

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Not easy to find the trail head--GPS took us to the Green Valley Campground and acted like a road existed when in fact it did not. Wanting a sense of adventure, we ended up taking Forest Route 2 North 13A towards Fawnskin--which is the way we should have gone. Missed the parking where 2 North A merges with 2 North 13D and continued on 2N13D for a mile or so. Looked at the GPS and realized we were driving where we were supposed to be hiking. Found a spot to pull over and found the trail. Not really marked and several times you could wander off in the wrong direction. Biodegrade tape is recommended so you could find your way back easier. Lots of fallen trees from the fires a few years back, but good new growth. Easy for dogs and ours really enjoyed the adventure. Some really awesome rock formations along the way to the peak.

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