Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

Nice trail! Relatively quiet, but that probably has to do with off peak season. Easy trail with some ups and downs and nice views. The fir and pine trees also smell also smell amazing.

hiking
5 days ago

good hike

hiking
7 days ago

Good walk to get your heart pumping. Saw a lot of squirrels

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail today with my 4 yr. old daughter, wife, and parents. Decent trail for beginners and great scenery. We only saw two people in the trail which was expected since it's a Tuesday. We also ran into a rattlesnake along the path so keep an eye out! Had a great time overall. Highly recommend if staying in Big Bear.

off road driving
16 days 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

This was a great and rewarding hike! The views were beautiful!

Did this hike last Friday and was surprised how vacant it was. Only saw one other person on the trail. Beautiful views of San Gorgonio wilderness. Ended up hitting the trail from the old road which had to offroad about 6 miles to get to the entry. Made it up and back in 3.5 hours. Would definitely recommend.

Did this hike this past Saturday. Like most other reviews you can skip the first mile by driving down the dirt trail in off the 38. We went about halfway and parked by other cars but could have driven in even further. From where we parked round trip was 13 miles according to my Fitbit. We brought our dog (and her backpack) and she did about half the hike on her own. The least favorable aspect of this trail is how rocky the path is. It was hard on my feet so I can only imagine how hard it would have been on my dog if we didn’t have a pack for her to hitch a ride in. Other than that great weather, great views, and now I’m feeling sore but accomplished!

Great for beginners but still challenging!

Great trail. Easy enough to take kids and dogs. Some great views of the lake. Not a lot of parking though.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice easy trail. The trail is dog friendly and has some cool views. There are a couple of nice rock formations around the trail. Just remember to get your adventure pass for the day, the park does check for the pass if you use their parking lot.

easy trail to get started. Quiet

Great trail!

We hiked this yesterday for the second time. We reached the trail at about 1:30 pm on Labor Day and the parking lot was full. We ended up parking at the Discovery Center and walked a short paved path to Cougar Crest Trail. The trail is challenging in that it’s very rocky. Wear hiking boots if you can. The views of the lake and the forest are amazing. I will keep coming. Great day hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail, good for a group with random hiking skills

off road driving
1 month ago

Perfect trail for a first timer. Great time and technical at times. Will definitely come back.

This was a great hike some shade and nice incline. Beautiful view of the lake.

One of the best scenic view in all of Big Bear Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice easy trail to enjoy with the family.

off road driving
1 month 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.

The view is breathtaking

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Decent length trail.... we went geocaching with our 6 year old and it was a bit hotter then we would have liked. But that did not discourage us we did not make it all the way to the end our son got very tired from all the climbing around he did searching for the treasures. (geocache)

hiking
1 month 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!

off road driving
1 month ago

Very easy road most 2WD can do this but it does get a little rough at the east end for the last 3 or so miles if your car is low. The rest of the trail is mainly flat and easy. Not much fun for wheeling but the trail does lead to more challenging terrain like gold mountain and burns. A good day for family and relaxing. There’s a few mines and old houses but they’re not much to look at being buried or very little left.

It was very hot and dry, so carry plenty of water. Trail is well maintained with great views. The last half mile or so was very steep. My GPS recorded 7.2 mile to the top of Bertha Peak.

off road driving
2 months ago

Looking for a place to take our Renegade and found this trail mentioned several times while in Big Bear. Pretty easy trail with places to stop and see some history. Had a lot of fun and would do it again if we return to the area.

hiking
2 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.

trail running
2 months 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.

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