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Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point [CLOSED]

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San Bernardino National Forest

Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point [CLOSED] is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,177 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. NOTE: You will need an adventure pass to park. 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.

Big Bear Discovery Center (Ranger Station)-(909) 866-3437

Travel along Highway 18 to the Big Bear Lake Dam (located on the west side of the lake)-turn right (east). Continue along Highway 18 until reaching Mill Creek Road (located in the western portion of the city of Big Bear Lake)-turn right (south). Parking for the trailhead is at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area-a Forest Service Adventure Pass (which can be purchased at the Big Bear Discovery Center or in several shops and stores along Highway 18) is required.

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Bart Människa
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Doug Range
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Shanna Hanrahan
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Great hike but could not see the views due to fire in Yucaipa.

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Jeff Prater
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Jenna Lau
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Great hike!

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Saeed Jaffer
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Alexa Siroy
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Nice trail with great views. Moderate inclines and declines throughout. Will agree with an earlier post that some trail rerouting has extended the length. We parked at the entrance (limited parking, go early, and don’t forget your pass) and the signs says RT is about 7 miles, but our Fitbit clocked in at 9 miles.

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Dean Reguindin
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Beautiful, well marked trail, and ample shade. Moderate inclines with the same moderate declines. I brought poles but didn't need them. I started at 7 am and finished at 10:10. I took a quick sandwich break at Grand View. I'd definitely do this again.

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Cheryl Smith
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Loved it

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Timothy Rosnick
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This is a trail through woodlands to great views at Grandview Point. Although the Pine Knot trail is generally enjoyable, there have been obvious trail reroutes, usually making the trail longer than it used to be. Some of the routing almost felt like they were trying to extend the length. There were birds and squirrels, but less wildlife than I found hiking through the Cougar Crest and Bluff Lake areas. The trail wasn't too crowded until about 10 am. When I returned to the picnic area at 1:30, the parking lot was completely full. Make sure you hike to the top of the hill at Grandview Point, the views up there are better.

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Daniel C.
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Even though we got a later start, 11am, temps were cool and plenty of shade. Did pass a fair amount of people, but not bad 2-3 hr hike near town. Views of Gorgonio and surrounding mountains at top was pleasant!

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Deb B
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My husband and I did this this morning. Beautiful hike and well-maintained trails. We probably should’ve started out a little earlier but it wasn’t too bad as far as people and the weather. Lots of shade and beautiful views. On way down there were a lot more people but it was very pleasant. Highly recommend this hike for anyone who is up for a little bit of a challenge. It’s not difficult but there are hills.

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Jessie Garcia
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my husband and I really liked this train, definitely worth it. make sure you go all the way to the end for the best view. definitely start early to beat the heat and have a less busy trail.

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Thomas Laemmel
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David Campbell
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Too many people

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Bart Människa
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Did a loop vice the out and back.

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Taylor Korsak
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Gorgeous, well-kept trail that’s a good enough work out (if that is what you are looking for) but not too challenging. Lots of shade and beautiful mountain breezes even in the August heat.

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D T N
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shades and gradual elevation- good for trail running

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Tierra Ward
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An absolutely beautiful trail. Mostly shaded and clearly marked. The views at the top are breathtaking.

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Antonio Solis
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Amber Woodyard
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Pine Knot Trail tends to be very crowded. Book a hike with a local hiking guide like me, The Hungry Mountaineer and see the local's version of this popular trail but WAY less crowded. (Especially in these pandemic days, don't YOU want to hike away from the masses? I know I do!) Hikes all over the Big Bear Valley are available, from hikes to visit Big Bear's wild donkey population to all day treks up to San Gorgonio Summit and more! http://hungrymountaineer.com/hikes/

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Kylz Vaughn
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It was a great steady climb up and back down, a great way to start your morning!!

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Marc Johnson
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great hike

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Kayla Van Dieren
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Beautiful trail through the trees. We started at 9 and it wasn’t too hot. It was a little smoky so we didn’t get the best views at the top but totally worth it. Definitely a moderate trail with a lot of inclines but not too bad. Our little corgi made it through the whole thing great too!

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Matt Thompson
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paul murphy
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Probably one of the best trails that has it all. Reminds me of Yosemite on how beautiful the forest is. Was on the trail at 6:45am to beat the heat and crowds. Glad we did cause on the way up already saw 8 people coming down. On our way down though there was over 60 people heading up. Most were not hikers though. Most didn't have proper shoes or clothing. Alot had no water(really). Not sure how many of these people will make it to the top though. Its not a hard trail but that doesn't matter, always be prepared when hiking. 1 couple was literally 5 minutes in and they asked us how far is the trail and when I told them 7.6 miles round trip they turned around. Couldn't help but laugh. Only disappointment was the amount of trash in the parking lot area. Leave no trace was not on people's minds for sure and sad. Alot of people were ignoring the Adventure pass requirement on the vehicles. Again lack of respect but these types don't belong in the forest. Overall for us hikers, get there there early before the zoo arrives.

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Benny Zhu
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Great

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J C
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I though the trail and the scenery were spectacular. Especially at the top! We went very early. Started around 7 am to beat the summer heat and crowds. Only saw about 5 people the entire time.

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Erika Cardenas
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Beautiful once you get to the peak! Hike up here wasn’t bad at all! Lots of shade but does get warm. We also encountered a bear! Was a little worried but he ended up just running off.

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Keaton Browning
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Awesome hike with some great views!

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