Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point

MODERATE 298 reviews

Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point is a 6.1 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
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1040 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike with beautiful scenery. Could be challenging for some but the view is well worth it. I plan on doing this hike again very soon.

hiking
5 days ago

I absolutely love this trail. It is so peaceful and beautiful all the way through especially the view at the end. I started the hike in the early morning and there weren't that many others until I was on my way back down.

9 days ago

Beautiful and brisk. Poor Big Bear has no snow but it allowed for a beautiful hike and views that were beyond compare!

hiking
21 days ago

loved this trail did this during the santa Ana's when it was 90 in the valley but up here a cool 60 and hardly a breeze beautiful trail through forest and boulders and an absolutely stunning view at aptly named grand view

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Has everything you’d want - inclines, views of the lake, dig friendly, decent distance and not crowded. Will do this one again and again.

1 month ago

wonderful view!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely love this trail! Very pretty, scenery is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! It's very pretty, and it's definitely worth it to go the extra 1/4 mile (one-way) from the junction to the Grand Viewpoint.
Note that you need an Adventure Pass to park in the parking lot at the trailhead, which is $5 for the day pass (or an Interagency pass). They do not sell them at the trailhead, but do have a list of local vendors posted. The closest store that sells them is Abbey Rose, at the junction of Mill Creek Rd and Big Bear Blvd, but they only take cash for the passes. The local 7-11s also sell them and will take cards.
On a Friday in December, I only saw a handful of people on the trail, including mountain bikers.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

We didn't see a soul on the trail until we were half way down. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with a good elevation climb. View at the top is amazing but pay attention what path you came from. The trail leads to like a 6 point junction of trails, roads and mountain bike path, very easy to get turned around.

2 months ago

Excellent, well marked trail. Spectacular views. It was a little more crowded than I care for and there were a fair number of mountain bikes that required keeping an eye behind you as well as in front. All in all, a great hike.

2 months ago

Absolutely stunning views!

hiking
3 months ago

The view from Grand view point makes the hike up there really worthwhile.

3 months ago

Well maintained trail. Good for a family hike

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail well defined, however, we found a family of Four lost because they managed to get out of the trail and got confused to how get back to the parking lot.
Good the we happen to come by. Not good if is getting late in the afternoon and gets dark early.
Please follow the trail.
Nevertheless, the trail was very nice, views were beautiful, nice fall colors, markers and maps were well defined.

3 months ago

Gorgeous trail! We hiked this with our German Shepard (on leash) and loved that it was very well marked, shaded (cold if you start too early) and the breathtaking views. Husband did not like that it was not a straight up and back...lots of switchbacks, but did not bother me. Good parking!

3 months ago

Excellent trail. Gorgeous fall colors, perfect scenery, well groomed trail for an easy relaxed hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Simple hike for those who wants to practice/getting into backpacking and camping. You can hiked the trail by yourself. Follow the trail and it will take you to Deer Camp Ground (DCG) there is water at the campground, passed the DCG, you get to the Grand View Point that intersected Skyline Trail and Seven Oaks. You can stop there or counting with one of the following trials. Good for Mt. bikers, hikers, and family. Dog needs to be on a leash. You need only a bottle of water and parking permit/pass.

hiking
3 months ago

Got to the top...super clear day...pretty sure you cannot see Catalina from here but beautiful hike nonetheless.

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