Little Bear Creek Trail

EASY 35 reviews

Little Bear Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Arrowhead, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.7 miles
810 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


25 days ago

No parking and huge potholes- couldn’t find the trail :(

1 month ago

The trail starts in a camp ground, where there is no parking available for hikers. This entire mountain seems unfriendly toward day trip hikers. It might be possible to hike this trail if you park at McKay Park and hump up the hill to the camp ground.

2 months ago

This trail is officially called the North Shore National Recreation Trail. Trailhead can be hard to find, follow these directions. Head to the North Shore Campground. No day parking here but you can park on the street about a 5 minute walk from the campground. Walk up to the campground, keep walking straight past several campsites. Keep straight. Near campsite #11 you will see a large sign for North Shore National Recreation Trail. You found it. Now, after a very short walk on the trail, you will intersect a dirt fire road. Cross the road and the trail will continue. Do not start walking down the fire road. Just cross it. From there you should be good for the rest of the hike.

6 months ago

hiking trail is currently closed for the season, road is closed with a sign saying it will open in early 2018.

8 months ago

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

We did a trail in the area, but could not find Little Bear Creek Trail.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nice little hike, took my dog. Must say that he picked up lots of ticks, my husband also had ticks on him.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Better to park off of Torrey Rd -- up the hill and hike in. Connects to other hikes if you can hop the creek at the end. There are currently some floating logs you can cross. I'm big and they held my weight. Use nearby timbers if you need more balance going over.
Trail itself was good exercise. There are a few spots that are steep and slippery and a couple parts with narrow walkway and a drop. Nothing too scary, but if you go off trail there's danger and climbing to be had. Snow on the top part of the trail and it is a bit icy. Below the valley the trail winds by the creek close and far and there is a small grove of old trees that was saved from the inferno that took so many. I bet this trail was simply incredible 15-20
years ago. I imagine a glen of giants, an avenue of them just winding through the valley. Now it looks like walking through an abandoned telephone pole operation. Beware there are some areas with timber and rock falling dangers. Also parts of the trail are eroded so be careful when you feel soft soil. I had some break away under foot. Feels like you are deeper in the wood at times, but then you'll see houses and power lines and even roads in parts.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The trail was pretty enjoyable, not too exciting but it still had a good amount of things to see. I went with a friend about a week ago and it was pretty overgrown, which I really don't mind. The fire damage actually made the landscape look much more interesting. My friend and I had to stop, however, due to a small river we could not jump. I'm definitely going to go again, probably with better shoes and something to cut away some foliage.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This trail left a lot to be desired. Not pretty at all. On to new adventures!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We couldn't find the trail and the park appears to be closed.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pretty good hiking trail. End is a little anticlimactic, just opens up to an off road vehicle area. Can't wait to take my bike on it though.

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