Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,228 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Located in San Bernardino National Forest, the trail up to Sugarloaf Mountain offers great views of San Gorgonio, southern California's highest peak. Although the summit area does not offer all-encompassing views, hikers will find good views along the ridge-line climb. The parking area can be accessed south of Sugarloaf where Wild Horse Meadows Road intersects with Route 38. From here it is a nice hike down a dirt road to the trailhead. Sugarloaf trail will meander alongside Green Creek for the first two miles. Those interested in plants and trees will enjoy diverse species including the the mid-mountain White Firs, Jefferys and Ponderosas and the upper-mountain's Manzanitas and Sugar Pines.

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rocky
3 days ago

Great trail as it is heavily wooded and secluded as you walk along side a small stream. Beautiful views, lightly traveled, and a nice work out. We carried a 20 bl, weighted vest up to summit (fun but sucked lol). I may try my 40bl next time. Elevation gains are great- so if you decide to do this in winter make sure to check reports first. You need the right equipment (as we found out). In spring/ summer it’s an easy trail to navigate as it’s well maintained. It was a blast!

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rocky
6 days ago

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7 days ago

SUCH a solid hike! Loved it! The hardest part is the first 3 miles, it’s constant elevation gain with rocky terrain. The views along this hike are absolutely beautiful with large openings exposing San Gorgonio. There were two very small patches of snow so no need for crampons at this time. A large majority of the trail is rocky so boots with good ankle support will help.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike.

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rocky
14 days ago

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21 days ago

This was a beautiful out and back hike. Lots of amazing views of both the big bear lake area and San Gregornio. There were some patches of snow on the trail when we hiked, but they were pretty easy to manage, maybe bring a hiking pole for stability. There were also a handful of muddy patches, but these were more of a nuisance than an actual obstacle. The peak is fairly flat, but if you walk maybe 20 yards towards the San Gregornio side, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view!

hiking
28 days ago

Technically easy. Very well maintained trail. Look for the cairn. Almost no switch backs. Good views at top.

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snow
1 month ago

Beautiful day. One definitely needs to be prepared with gators at the least, snowshoes at the best. Climbing up the first peak before Mt Sugarloaf, the snow is slushy, steep and in certain—hidden—parts, waist deep. The path from then on is more or less covered in snow so I was relying on my GPS to stay near trail. Amazing view above 9600 feet though which definitely made the scramble up worth it. The bottom for the most part is rocky with patches of soft dirt and instances of small creek crossings. In short, just be prepared for pockets of deep snow near the top!

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rocky
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Made it nearly to the summit and snowboarded down as far as possible. Good snow at the top. Washed out Rocky at the bottom.

skiing
2 months ago

should have brought snow shoes for the top

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snow
2 months ago

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snow
4 months ago

You should do a night hike or leave early morning to make summit. Snow will be hard & you won’t fall through. Snow was knee to waist deep starting a few miles up.. Definitely rated as difficult. Make sure you go prepared!!! Good workout

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4 months ago

Knee high snow a few miles up..

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4 months ago

1/12/20 Prepare to posthole a lot. My run became a hike. Micro spikes were super lovely to have. Sure is pretty!

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