Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point

MODERATE 230 reviews

Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point is a 6.1 mile lightly 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
1164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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
5 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail! The first mile is the most incline-heavy but is definitely manageable. The views are amazing and worth the hike.

trail running
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful views and only lightly trafficked. You'll need a parking pass to park at the trailhead or you can park on one of the near by city streets for free.

hiking
14 days ago

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16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail that has minimal traffic, particularly in the morning. It has quite the elevation change and makes for a great workout on the legs. A good part of the trail is shaded and the views at the top are pretty great.

hiking
17 days ago

Fantastic!! mostly shaded ascent with a huge scenic payoff at the end. Very dog friendly add well. Watch out for the occasional mountain biker!!!

hiking
17 days ago

great views throughout. I think it may have been longer than 6.1 miles. I'm 8 months pregnant and had to turn around at the campgrounds that were supposed to be at 2 miles up. mostly because of time. I feel like if you just take your time, bring plenty of water, and maybe some walking sticks, it's pretty doable for those with mild physical limitations such as kids and pregnant people.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike. Started at 8:30am and it was cool and quiet with very light traffic. The cyclists who use the trail are friendly and courteous. Very easy hike, no major inclines, lovely scenery, 60% shade. This hike came in at 8 miles round trip for me. I took 2.5 liters needed at least 3. Beautiful view at the top. Definitely recommend this hike. Much more crowded at noon but it's Labor Day weekend. You can buy a $5 adventure pass at the 7-11 in town for the parking lot.

hiking
20 days ago

trail running
22 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It is a nice hike with some great views of Big Bear Lake and spectacular view of the valley at the top.

1 month ago

Such an amazing hike. Easier than we expected, no steep elevation gains. View is the reason I give this hike 5 stars.