Explore the most popular hiking 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.

trail running
2 days ago

Nice hike. More easy than moderate. Many people seen wearing only very simple shoes. Than it can't be very difficult. Great views but the lake disappointed a little.

I love this....

Great trail, well constructed and maintained. A push for this 71 yr old

7 days ago

Nice trail with views of lake and that ends up in town. Start at Snow Summit

Fun hike, great views.

I did a shorter version of this hike (5.7 miles total) that begins at the junction of Polique Canyon Road and the PCT (as described in John Robinson's "San Bernardino Mountain Trails" book and by other reviewers on this page).

In addition to a shorter overall distance, my route from the PCT to the summit was slightly different from what's shown on this page. At around 2.3 miles, I hiked west on an overgrown road (shown as 3N80 on this map) to a use trail that travels south to the summit. This entire section from the PCT to the summit is the hardest part of the hike, as it's very steep and the trail is faint. There are ribbons and cairns that guide you though.

The view from the summit (a pile of rocks) isn't that great, so follow the ribbons south of the summit about 100 yards to a lower outcropping of rocks. The view from there is incredible.

off road driving
13 days 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.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! The first mile is the most challenging but will eventually flatten out. When you get to the meadow I recommend going the extra mile to visit the Champion Lodge Pine. There are many great selfie opportunities too! ;) Difficulty is moderate. Small lake. Fun!
-ANANI Hiker 1

This hike is fantastic! It runs along Castle Rock Trail. Castle Rock is amazing, wish we had time to climb that beast! So many beautiful views, pictures don’t do them justice. The lake was low but still worth going too. Hope this helps, I promise you won’t regret it. ;)
-AMFXR Hiker 2

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

off road driving
15 days ago

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

Great little training hike with a steady incline. Very rocky the majority of the time so wear appropriate shoes. A vehicle with nominal clearance can make it to the trailhead or add a mile to your hike and park at the road. The actual summit doesn't have a panoramic view but if you head toward the rocks (toward San Gorgonio) theres some sweet look out points. Added a waypoint to my track for a good lookout fort in the rocks.

mountain biking
17 days ago

Loved this trail and wish it wasn't so far from Los Angeles. Having grown used to riding the San Gabriels, where you pedal up for several miles and are rewarded with amazing descents, this was a welcome, but challenging change. Skyline starts off with a short climb and then winds it's way up and down flowy single track surrounded by amazing views. The trail has something to offer anyone who enjoys xc mountain biking: occasional rock gardens, small drops, burmed twists through forrested trails and switch-backed hillsides. I'm not used to riding at such a high elevation, nor riding over constant rollers, so the trail did leave me a little winded by the end, but definitely looking forward to visiting it again soon!

As a side note: I parked at Aspen Picnic area and rode through town to the trail head at the top of Club View Drive to make it a loop. I imagine it could be done as an out and back if you have that much time and energy.

This trail’s parking needs a recreation pass

fun trail came thru the back side now ready to go back thru the front way lots of rocks dont pop a tire lol

any two wheel drive can do only cool things are mud puddle and historical house and grave site

hiking
21 days ago

This one is a great family hike. Very kid friendly. Incline is not bad at all and trail is well traveled.

hiking
23 days ago

First time hiking this trail. Our 6 year old had no problem keeping up and led the way most of the hike. Great scenery.

off road driving
23 days ago

Fun, simple trail with some pretty cool history behind it. Be sure to grab the Gold Fever pamphlet/map at the discovery center to follow along the trail and read about the trails history.

Nice hike great views

off road driving
23 days 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.

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

Absolutely gorgeous lake. Only saw the ranger up by the lake on a Tuesday morning. the crossing in the beginning is a bit dangerous, but the trail is nice. Steep initially until you pass the castle rock then it is completely flat. MUST DO, lake is so beautiful.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike!!! Not to steep. Terrain was a little rocky.

good hike with great views from the peak. very steep near the top. my dog also liked it.

Was a great little hike. Remarkable beautiful views. Love this place.

Nice but more of a road than a trail for the majority of the distance. Not terribly well marked and easy to get off on an alternate route. The last 1/4 to 1/2 mike is very steep.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with great scenery. Perfect thing to do while camping at Serrano campground. Approximately .7 miles from the campground to the trailhead. Need an adventure pass to park there if you are driving.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail starting at about 830. There's a small dirt parking lot at the end of the pavement, however, my friend and I parked at the ski resort. The majority of the route is a dirt road, with a deviation onto a well worn bike path, before returning to the dirt road for the last leg to the top. We had to step into the brush every so often to make room for trucks coming up and down the road. Headphones NOT recommended due to bicycle and vehicle traffic during the hike, keep your ears open. There is a restaurant at the top of the hill, the Skyline Taphouse. It was nice to have a midpoint to stop and have a beer and a bite to eat, but I would check their hours if that's your plan, and prepare to pay an inflated price. It is a solid incline the whole way, but not quite something I would say is "moderate", as the description states. The small blue spots are not lakes, just big pits, and are fenced off. Perhaps this changes during the winter. Overall, a solid well-marked and well-maintained path. Smells good too.

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