Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

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Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is a 11.6 mile lightly 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.6 miles
3228 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



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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.

22 hours ago

Was snowing on the way up but was totally worth it as the sun came up when we touched the peak. The trail was technical in certain sections but mostly a very walkable trail. Plan for a 3 hours climb and an hour and a change down.

2 months ago

The first five miles all up hill. It was fun though.

4 months ago

Nice quiet hike up Sugarloaf Mountain. Plenty of shade. Great views.

We started where Wild Horse Meadows Road intersects with Route 38. From there it is 1.25 miles to the trailhead. We walked it, but it is a well prepared dirt road. There is parking at the trailhead. The All Trails map does not show this connection, but it is the easiest access to the trail

5 months ago

Always a great hike.... really rocky from the recent rains, so be careful.

6 months ago

Some of the views at the top are awesome. The top runs along a ridge. You see Baldwin Lake and the desert on one side and Mt San Gorgonio on the other. The views of San Gorgonio are some of the best on any trail. You won't see big bear lake clearly. The trees and forest are above average for the area. Negatives: its in the woods so there alot of the time you're peaking through trees to see the view. No views until halfway up trail. Trail is rockier than some other more popular trails.

11 months ago

My 2017 new year day snowshoe hike! From the 38 and not the wildhorse meadows rd, 5 hours to reach the summit, 2.5 hours to come back and 1 hour at the top! Happy new year ❄

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I have done this trail a few time, litteraly right outside my backdoor. It is a great hike to get away from people and spend some time outdoors, you get a lot of views along the way, a couple of glpses of the Bear Valley and one good place to view San Gorgonio peak. the trail is cobble and loose at time so wear good boots with ankle supports. two small streams seem to flow year round but I would suggest packing in your water take about 3 liters. 95% of the trail is shaded and there is a false summit, you think you have hit the top then suddenly you realize you have another 1/2 mile and 600 feet to go. Not a destination hike, unless your local, but if your in the area it is a nice hike. if your goal is to get good views of the Bear Valley and Bear Lake hike the Gouger Crest Trail on the north shore.

Monday, November 07, 2016

What a great trial. This was my first big peak topping out at 9952'. The small area to park at Green Canyon was full so I drove beyond and around to Wildhorse area. My hike was a a total of 8.8 roundtrip. I guess I saved a couple miles over the standard hike. Loved all the trees and there are plenty of points you can step out to and get a great view.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

very rocky, at least four to five died trees blocking the path, need to pay attention, at times you can lose the trail, took me about 3 hours to reach the top. under two on the way down.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I loved it. The trail is very rocky, but good for exercise.

Monday, September 07, 2015

If you start at the trailhead for Sugarloaf off 2N93, it's actually a bit over 12 miles. There's parking, but not much. Get there early if you don't want to add an extra mile and a half just to get to the trailhead. The magnitude of loose rocks on this hike is what makes it difficult. If you have trekking poles, bring them. I didn't have any troubles keeping track of the trail the whole time, you do need to pay attention in a few sections, but it's fairly well marked. It's a great workout with nice views on the way up.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Not much of a view at the actual peak, but quite a view of San Gorgonio on the way up. The trail starts in a nice green area up until past Green Spring then it becomes a very open alpine trail with lots of shale rock crunching beneath your every step. Do not underestimate this hike, it is strenuous during summer and has almost constant elevation gain.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Good hike in terms of workout, the first 3/5 of the hike is completely uphill but after that you get some flat areas. Not very scenic and there were way too many loose rocks throughout the entire trail, a little hard on your feet and it makes it easier to twist an ankle. Personally don't know if I would recommend this hike.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Very tough, Hot in the summer but covered so some shade is provided. Watch out for bugs. Also lost the trail a few times since OHVs drive all over the area. They cut new trails which is mitigated by forest service blocking roads with rocks and logs as best as they could. A very good hike with decent views at the end. Also a geocache up there and a place for people to leave neat stuff in books.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

hiked on 3-15-14

this can be a rough trail if snow is still on the ground. i was the only person in my group to make it to the peak because of the snow. its all up hill then all down hill. rocks and gravel the entire time.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Took the advice from a reviewer and would concur that starting in the morning is a good idea. Took me 2:15 to get up at a moderate pace, 1:30 to get down with some light jogging in some parts. If you're looking for beautiful forest, this is the trail for you. The trail is mostly uphill and loose rocks. A great distance with substantial elevation gain makes it a good challenge. I'll do it again, very beautiful.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Went up this morning on a beautiful chilly morning. It gets steep in some places but is very worthwhile for the views on the way. Made it to the peak in 4.85 miles. There are 2 punches up there and a tsunami warning sign. My elevation reading was 9922' but the sign says 9952'. Overall I had a great time.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Best hike in Big Bear Lake California. Here is a link to a trail map plus the photos we took on our hike;

The trail is moderately difficult. We recommend starting in the morning. Remeber to hydrate. The trail starts at around 7,000 feet and climbs to 9,400 feet.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

3rd time hiking it, good for altitude and steep ability check

7 days ago

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