Top Big Bear Activities That You’ll Enjoy
Nestled within the mountains of Southern California, Big Bear is an alpine town with a number of things to do that will keep you entertained during your stay. Enjoy a wide range of activities that will immerse you in the scenic wonderland that is Big Bear!
Due to the dynamic mountain ranges that surround the area, Big Bear is replete with ample opportunities for invigorating hiking at higher elevations. Embark on a hiking excursion on trails that are suited to all types of skill levels.
If you’re new to hiking or are looking for an easier hike, check out trails like Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail, which takes you to the largest pine tree in Big Bear, or the Woodland Trail. Those with a little bit of hiking experience might want to try Pine Knot Trail, or Castle Rock Trail for its stunning view. If you’re an expert hiker, challenge yourself with trails such as Cougar Crest, which leads into the famous Pacific Crest Trail.
Spending Time on Big Bear Lake
The biggest and most popular lake in the area is Big Bear Lake, where visitors and locals alike spend hours out on the glistening and tranquil waters partaking in water-based sports and recreation. Because of the calm nature of its water, kayaking and canoeing are popular. These activities also allow you to explore parts of the lake that aren’t accessible by boat, such as the narrow and secretive coves along the shoreline.
Of course, boating is still popular, as are sightseeing cruises, riding jet skis. Big Bear Lake also has plentiful fishing, with species like largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, and channel catfish being the most common catches. Stop by marinas like Holloway’s Marina or Captain John’s to pick up permits and equipment rentals or to charter a boat or sightseeing cruise.
As with hiking, Big Bear’s mountainous terrain also makes for rugged and challenging mountain biking in the area. Whether you’re honing your skills or you’re a veteran biker, Big Bear has a selection of mountain biking trails and parks that will keep you on your toes.
For incredible panoramic views, Skyline Ridge Trail is an excellent choice for its scenic overlooks of Mt. San Gorgonio to the south and Big Bear Lake to the north. The trails at Grays Peak and Hanna Flats combine a beautiful backdrop with a rough cross-country descent as well.
Snow Summit Ski Resort has the only lift-serviced mountain biking park in the entirety of the SoCal area, suitable for riders of all skill levels. Trails outside of Snow Summit include the two-mile singletrack Cougar Crest Trail, the easy-going Alpine Pedal Path, and the three-mile singletrack from Grand View Point to Pine Knot Trail.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Once serving as the main practice area for Olympic gold medalists Shaun White prior to his fame, Big Bear’s most popular ski resorts—Bear Mountain and Snow Summit—conveniently allow skiers and snowboarders to buy one ticket that works for both resorts, ensuring that you and your guests can spend as many winter hours out on the snow as you want without breaking the bank to do so. They are also some of the only ski resorts located in Southern California, standing out amongst the sea of seaside locales in the area.
When you visit, you can try out a plethora of different ski runs. Beginners should check out Easy Street, The Gulch, and Learning Curve, while those with a little more experience can work up to Outlaw’s Alley, Ripcord, and Central Park. If you’re an advanced skier or snowboarder, Geronimo, Showtime, and Rip’s Run will be more your speed.
Seeing the Sights Around Town
Cozy and rustic, Big Bear’s Village area is an adorable and fascinating place to stroll the streets. Peruse the one-of-a-kind items at local boutiques and art galleries, grab a bite to eat or a well-crafted drink at restaurants and bars like Big Bear Lake Brewing Company and Captain’s Anchorage, take your kids to the Big Bear Lake Library, plan a spa day at Elevations Day Spa, or visit the Eleanor Abbott Museum. The options are endless!
Big Bear Lake Rentals – Where All Great Adventures Begin
Contact our reservations team to learn more about the variety of activities and attractions that Big Bear has in-store for you when you book your stay in one of our traditional alpine cabins today!