Explore the most popular walking 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
3 days 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.

off road driving
5 days 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
5 days 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.

I love this....

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

hiking
15 days ago

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
20 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
20 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
21 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.

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
27 days ago

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

hiking
29 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
30 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
30 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.

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

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

Nice short hike with shades. Definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Did Sugarloaf this morning and it was a hell of a hike. got to the top in 2hr 45min with a lot of breaks in between. great views on the way to the top and lots of shade too, which is good considering it's been a hot summer up here. definitely bring lots of water with you on this hike. it's always good to be safe.

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.

Definitely a “moderate”, not an “easy”. Dirt road to access was fine in our regular car as we took it slow, a lot of potholes but they weren’t too deep. Parked on a small pull out just before PCT. Really nice trail but a lot of steep climbing on a dirt road (especially near the top). The PCT options made it much nicer lower down. 4miles rt.

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