Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,095 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Pine Knot Trail starts at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area and features oaks, pines, wildflowers, and spectacular views of Big Bear Lake. Continue in a primarily southerly direction until you approach Grand View Point (7,784 ft. elevation) - located about one-quarter mile beyond the intersection of the Pine Knot Trail and FS Road 2N10. The trail is sometimes heavily inundated with bike and equestrian traffic but is usually in good condition, and is amazingly serene-switchbacking through thick forest and meadows it elevates the hiker to lofty lake vistas and ultimately to a panoramic point from which San Gorgonio and Catalina Island can be seen. Autumn colors are particularly breathtaking along this trail, and summer graces the Pine Knot path with a profusion of wildflowers. To reach Grand View Point, continue along 1EO1 beyond its intersection with 2N08-at the junction with 2N10, hike about 1/4 mile along the remaining peninsular path.

11 days ago

Beautiful scenery and lightly trafficked well marked trail with some steep incline but mostly gradual ascent. Great mountain and valley views at destination make for great photos. This is a wonderful hike and worth the drive for a day trip.

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17 days ago

Amazing views! Took Cabin trail back down

21 days ago

really challenging for a beginner. most of it is uphill

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22 days ago

Beautiful day to hike! There were a few scenic spots to stop and enjoy the view. The trail wasn't very difficult and was perfect amount of traffic getting to the trail head at 10:00a.

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25 days ago

great hike and steady up hill hike definitely worth the hike! dog friendly. better to go early morning when it's not to busy.

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26 days ago

Ok, I blasted another hiker with bear spray on this trail today. I don't know if you (hiker) will ever use this app but if you ever do, you will know this is your unique experience on this trail and this msg is for you. I'm so sorry! I had just tested my can as it had been in storage and had not yet replaced the safety. My finger was still on the trigger when you approached around that blind corner. I apologize immensely! BTW, since you didn't know what it was that I sprayed when I yelled "hold your breath and run down", you might look into carrying some on future hikes since you were alone and making no noise. Again, I'm really sorry I blasted you. At least you were almost to the end of the trail. :0

Trail was beautiful and somewhat challenging. Excellent views and sometimes a bit mysterious as there are a lot of bends in the trail. Great trail for experienced mountain bikers too. I'll do it again for sure.

Sorry again to the lady I bear maced...

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28 days ago

Cougar Crest trail was closed so I decided to take this trail and had a great time. It’s not to steep and would probably be great for a family with kids.

It took me an hour and a half to get up and 45 minutes down but I’m probably an above average hiker when it comes to speed. 4 hours set aside would probably be best especially if you want to take it the amazing view about 500 feet after the sign for the Point.

29 days ago

One of my favorite big bear hikes. Done it in the summer, spring, fall and winter. Always great. Not super easy, but not very hard.
Great view at the top.

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1 month ago

Nice gradual ascent in the pines.Beautiful autumn colors.

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1 month ago

Great hike with nice views at Grand View Point. A nice way to ease myself back into hiking!

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1 month ago

Pleasantly surprised to see fall colored trees. Beautiful views. Started around 3pm so got caught up in the dark on the way back which made the hike even more fun. Not strenuous at all and Grand View was peaceful and grand. Highly recommended if your looking for a short beautiful hike.

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1 month ago

It’s a bit difficult for new players and you need good hiking shoes. The trail has clear signs showing right direction. The view is beautiful and different during the trail. It took like 4 hours to out and back.

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1 month ago

This is a strong hike, including the lower loop option in my track. The eastern leg of the loop (Pine Knot Trail) has no double track, while "my" western leg of the loop is about 50% good double track. The things that make the "western leg" of the loop strong are the following: the single track portions are really great and the trail making very imaginative for both hikers and bikers. The best lake views were from the "western leg" of the loop. Also note that the Alltrails suggested track as of this date does not go all the way to Grandview Point. The view at the point is one of the best views of the Santa Ana River Valley that I know of.

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2 months ago

Very pretty path, easy to follow and frequently marked with blue diamonds. Trail had plenty of shade yet was open so you could see clearly. The marked section stops short of grand view point - it ends where the seven oaks and skyline trails intersect. Continue the extra 1/4-mile:m to the view point itself. The trail was relatively busy with hikers and bikers, but you can also drive up there and several of the people we met had actually done so. You need to display an adventure pass while irked at the trail head. We measured the path at just over 7 miles (including the 1/2-mile out and back to grand view) and it took as about 3 hrs, 40 mins

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2 months ago

Excellent trail to see the fall colors. Worth it to the top for the view of the valley below and mountain range. Lots of cyclists. Can get very crowded and noisy though. Bring plenty of water and a map as the trail forks several times.

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2 months ago

Started this trail at 8 am on a Thursday and had it to myself! It wasn’t an extremely steep trail with lots of ups and downs with a super nice views at the end!

3 months ago

Gorgeous trail. A perfect late afternoon hike. The view from Grandview Point is incredible and even better at sunset.

3 months ago

This hike checked off almost all the boxes:
° Gorgeous Trail Views
° Climactic Destination
° Plenty of Shade
° Dog-friendly
° Good mileage and elevation
° Well maintained and clearly marked
° Breezy
° Green
° Peaceful

Definitely worth a repeat hike, even for backpacking to the Pine Knot campground to explore more trails, or taking a sunset hike.

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3 months ago

this hike is long, but has equivalent elevation gain to nearby hikes and so is actually a fairly mild hike. there is very little steep climb, and the views at the end are gorgeous! and to clarify, it's ~6.5mi round trip (despite being out-and-back). trail markers aren't super clear, so make sure you reference a map and don't end up on the fire roads and down the wrong trail!

with many breaks and pauses for photos, this hike took us about 3.5hrs. perfect hike for dogs!

4 months ago

Great hike, took the entire family, lots of shade

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4 months ago

Beautiful forest hike. View is spectacular but it needs to be very clear to see the ocean and Catalina. Nice view of San Gorgonio peak. Went at 6am to avoid the mountain bikers.

4 months ago

Cool trail and very peaceful but we were surprised that the grand view point at the end actually faces away from the lake. Was a lot of work (3.3m)! .5 mile or so into the trail has the lake views, we didn’t realize that from all the pictures and assumed they were of the end!

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4 months ago

Great hike! Packed my lunch and took a break just before getting to the top. Lots of shade so it’s a comfortable hike in the summer heat.

4 months ago

Best hike in the area

4 months ago

This is a great trail, with lots of shade along most of the route and loads of beautiful vistas. Take a lunch and have a meal at Grand View Point before heading back down.

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5 months ago

Lovely trail. Fantastic views

5 months ago

The view is a valley..for such a harder trail. Shade and peaceful on the way though

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5 months ago

My son and I did Pine Knot Trail and really enjoyed it. The trail was well marked and the shaded. The views are amazing! It was a great way to start the 4th of July!

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5 months ago

Nice view at the top. Well marked trail and and fair amount of shade. We started the hike at 8 am on a Friday and saw about 20 people total during our hike. It took us about 1.5 hours up and 1 hr down. There is a campground about half way up with a vault toilet which was a pleasant surprise. The ascent was easy but I would say this trail was moderate due to the length which we clocked at over 7 miles. Would go again.

5 months ago

great hike. once you're at Grandview, beautiful view of the big bear valley.

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