Explore the most popular camping trails near Big Bear City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy trail for off road. The hike to the top of the watching tower was great.

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off road driving
2 months ago

A really nice, easy trail. Two turnouts at the start for airing down and disconnecting sway bars and what not if you need. First half of the trail was a really mild and well maintained dirt road. After the first gate you see a little bit of wash outs here and there, some uncovered rocks, but nothing crazy. A vehicle with decent ground clearance and good tires shouldn’t have an issue. We saw a Stock Jeep JK at the ranger station, an old Isuzu Trooper and a few full-size 4x4 trucks.
There are many off shoots to other trails that lead back to campsites and great views. It you hang a left to stay on 2N13B and stick with it you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view and the ranger station isn’t far off from there.
This isn’t a John Bull or Holcomb creek style trail, this is an easy, Sunday cruise with amazing views and a few fun spots in areas where water has trenched the trail and uncovered small boulders and rocks. Totally worth the trip for awesome views and easy cruising.

hiking
2 months ago

4 hrs at a relaxed pace great weather
72-78 dry, light breeze....
perfect day!
well maintained!
good training hike with great majestic views all the way, lots of open areas so might be cool on a cloudy day.
and butler peak is amazing and then the cabin on top
as if its designed that way....
This is when you say, everybody should hike every week
at least once!

off road driving
2 months ago

Great run up to the ranger station with lots of off shoots to try some more aggressive driving. Did this in a stock JLU Sport with no issues. 4wd only once just in case. As others have noted, this is a forest service road however a few places that were washed out. All in all a fun time.

As an FYI, the ranger mentioned that the station will be closed for the winter as of November 18th so if you at going to make a run up, will have to be before then.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful easy walk.

Hiked in mid October. It was raining and cold but overall hike was great. We only made it to the creek before heading back up about 7 miles there and back. It's all uphill with no breaks on the way back. Saw lots of evidence of bears but didn't encounter any thank goodness. So be prepared for that. It's a beautiful hike over all.

off road driving
3 months ago

Super cool trail with sick views only needed fwd in a couple spots, there are lots of rocks make sure you have ground clearance

The land behind and around Holcomb Valley Campground has so much to offer explorers! The area is easy to navigate and has plenty of trail options thanks to the Forest Service roads (3NXX) throughout, but a higher clearance vehicle is recommended to get there due to gravel/dirt, rocks and potholes. That being said, I got to the campground just fine by driving slowly in my sedan.

off road driving
4 months ago

Drove this road in a stock Tacoma Off-Road. Only a couple sections where the 4WD was really needed. Lots of switchbacks and ruts. The view from the top was awesome. We had a really clear day and could see for miles and miles. If you’re in Big Bear definitely take this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

What a great trail! The gate was open so we drove in for about a mile so our entire hike was closer to seven miles, instead of ten. We parked on the side of the road in a dirt patch and then hiked the rest of the way. There were several cars passing us along the trail. It is a fire road the whole way up and then there is a trail through the rocks to get to the lookout. The trail isn't too steep. No one was was there when we got up there. Really great views all around.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a really good hike. Only reason why I give it 4 stars is because it’s all fire road until you get to the Ranger Station then it’s a short scramble up some switchbacks to a really cool lookout point. Would be perfect if it had a little more varied terrain. I went very early on a weekday morning and it was desolate. Didn’t see another soul the entire time. Very good workout and steady elevation gain. This is an excellent hike if your training for something more substantial as well. Worth the trip for sure. I parked at the very head of the trail but there are some areas you can park once you enter onto the road. I assume you probably need an adventure pass as well. The GPS directions lead you right to the base of the fire road/Trail. Rewarding views from the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Great views and it helped having trees for shade when we needed it. We got up partial way in our car and hiked the rest. Volunteer rangers at the top were really friendly and loved talking about the terrain. I highly recommend this hike.

off road driving
5 months ago

Super easy trail. Don’t even need 4wd. Just a standard truck with decent ground clearance can make it through if you keep the momentum going on the longer rocky parts.

Nice view and pleasant walk. Busy path but everyone was super friendly.

off road driving
5 months ago

Very easy trail with nice views. 4wd not necessary.

off road driving
5 months ago

Awesome trail for beginners! Made it up no problem with stock 4x4 4Runner with all terrain tires. The volunteer at the tower said rains from a couple weeks ago rutted our the trail more than usual. Great viewpoints and so glad we checked it out while in big bear. Trail can get tight and by all the reviews seems it is pretty popular. Luckily we didn’t see one person going either way on a early Friday morning.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great trail with great views! Also take it slow around the sharp turns since it gets pretty narrow

hiking
6 months ago

Completed today, 4th July! Repeat to all reviews. Hot. Drank 3 Liters out. Wore good Light weight pants an sun shirt. Really help with all the thorns snags and biting things. One 4’ king snake. Great training hike.
Hike out no joke.

Excellent hike from the base gate up.
Take the time and talk with the volunteers in the tower. They have a lot of great area information and can point out some great sites to see.

hiking
7 months ago

Just did Butler Peak this morning. Very beautiful hike all the way up to the peak. Nice gradual climb, nothing too crazy. Once you're up, amazing views of Arrowhead, Big bear, Snow valley, and the High desert.

I love taking my dog for a walk on this path. easy 5 mile walk with nice lakeside views.

very hard trail over grown shrubs and trees on trail .. you better be in good shape if you do this its a true but kicker .. last thought watch out for ticks i got one

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing views!! road is currently blocked so looking at around a 6-7 mile hike up then back down. Not for the faint hearted but absolutely worth it! incredible views and got it all to ourselves it was perfect.

hiking
9 months ago

Honestly this is one of my favorite hikes around Big Bear. Went up yesterday, about 10 miles. Parked at the blocked gate at the end of Rim of the World rd for free. Beautiful views, well maintained fire lookout. Chilly and windy up top but SO worth the view! Still some snow on the trail but won’t last long.

trail running
11 months ago

Took the butler peak trail. Trail running. Closed to cars. Amazing. Soft. Lil snowy. Epic views. And the tower. Just an incredible end to 5 miles up. Loved it.

hiking
Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hiked in from TH parking on Forest Road 1N64. Trail is overgrown, but still recognizable.Just watch out for the Yuccas. Five or six spots are slide areas that require attention to get across the 20 to 40 foot ravines. Some down trees on trail as well. Pants, sturdy shoes and long sleeves recommended. At mile 3 it ties in with the Siberia Creek trail for a 200 foot decent to the Group camp. Several nice spots here to camp. Siberia Creek and Bear Creeks join here and there is plenty of water. Also bugs. Ammo can with trail log at one site with stories of good fishing here. Maybe if more people travel this, the trail will get some maintenance. Nice views looking down the Bear Creek drainage on most of the trail. Also, an old mine shaft opening at around mile two.

hiking
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Lots of trucks and jeeps. Be careful with traffic. Start early during summer months. Pretty view once you get to the top.

Monday, December 18, 2017

very very easy offroad trail. nice views though

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