Maps & Guides

Maps and Guides

Aspen Grove

NOTE - this area is in the burn area of the Lake Fire 2015, and access road 1N05 is closed until December of 2018. Trail Name: Aspen Grove Forest Service Designation: 2E05 Total Distance: 1.85 miles one way Overview: Trail that takes you to a grove of Aspen Trees. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes are not permitted in Wilderness Areas. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: A trail that takes you across Fish Creek and into a quiet and serene grove of Aspen Trees. Found in only one other area of California outside of the Sierra Nevada, [...]

Camp Creek Trail

Trail Name: Camp Creek Trail Forest Service Designation: 2N97 Total Distance: 6 miles round trip Overview: Steep and scenic trail that takes you down to flowing Bear Creek. Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: The Camp Creek trail starts at Forest Road 2N97 directly off of State Highway 18 mile marker 18 SBD 38.00. The Trail starts as a dirt road descending gradually uphill for about .25 mile to the camp creek trailhead. High Clearance vehicles can drive all the way to the trailhead. The trail then becomes a single track over [...]

Castle Rock Trail

Trail Name: Castle Rock Forest Service Designation: 1W03 Total Distance: 1.3 miles Overview: short steep hike up to a beautiful rocky crag with great views of Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced. Activities: Hiking. Horses and Bikes are possible, but difficult because of the steep and rocky terrain. Trail Type: 100% Singletrack Description: Possible Loops / Variations:start at the north trailhead and hike to Castle Rock, then continue south and visit the Champion Lodgepole Pine. Trailhead and Parking: there are two trailheads; north and south. The north trailhead is located directly off Hwy 18, 1.25 miles east of the [...]

Cougar Crest

Trail Name: Cougar Crest Forest Service Designation: 1E22 Total Distance: 2.3 miles one way Overview: Popular trail with views of Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Activities: Hiking, biking. Please avoid conflict and don't bike this during high use times. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: This popular trail is a "must do" in all four seasons and a fantastic wilderness excursion right off the highway. You'll walk through stands of large Ponderosa Pines and ancient towering Juniper Trees as the trail heads into the mountains, and then opens up with expansive views of Big Bear Lake. At the top [...]

Fish Creek to Bean Spur

NOTE - this area is in the burn area of the Lake Fire 2015, and access road 1N05 is closed until December of 2018. Trail Name: Fish Creek to Bean Spur Forest Service Designation: 1N05 to 1N37 Total Distance: 9.2 mi Overview: loop of fire roads in the Heart Bar area with beautiful views and a moderately technical downhill Difficulty: Moderate Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horses. Note: 1N37 is marked “most difficult” for 4x4 vehicles. Trail Type: Graded road uphill on 1N05, technical 4x4 road downhill on 1N37 Description: Start from the junction of 1N05 and 1N02 and head up 1N05, [...]

Grout Bay Loop

Trail Name: Grout Bay Loop Forest Service Designation: 1W05, 1W06, 3N14, Rim of the World Drive, Highway 38 Total Distance: 12 miless Overview: Dirt road climb to rolling downhill singletrack. Out and back up to Grays Peak and then downhill back to beginning. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Activities: Hiking, Biking Trail Type: Singletrack, dirt road, paved road. Description: Head up paved road Rim of the World Drive. It will turn to dirt and mellow out a bit, then continue gaining elevation. You'll pass YMCA Camp Whittle near the top, finally reaching Hanna Flats Campground. Make a left, and then head [...]

Heart Bar Peak

Trail Name: Heart Bar Peak Forest Service Designation: 1N38 Total Distance: 3.2 miles one way Overview: Steep climb up a trail to a peak with views of San Gorgonio and Sugarloaf Peak. Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Hiking, biking, horseback riding. Trail Type: 4x4 trail. Description: Hidden off the side of Highway 38 is a short and steep trail that takes you to a peak with new views of San Gorgonio and Sugarloaf Peak. Start at the bottom and head on up, going past a couple rough sections and switchbacks. The elevation comes quickly and shortly the highway is far beneath you. [...]

Heartbreak Ridge and Rattlesnake Canyon

Trail Name: Heartbreak Ridge and Rattlesnake Canyon Forest Service Designation:  2N61Y, 2N02, 2N70Y, 2N01 Total Distance: 6.9 miles Overview: Seldom visited 4x4 roads through the desert east of Big Bear. Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes. Trail Type: Dirt road. Description: Start on the rocky and steep Heartbreak Ridge 4x4 Trail, 2N61Y, where you may see jeeps navigating the course. This takes you through several washes and ridges filled with joshua trees, granite boulders, and great views. Pass the "Pontiac Sluice" spur on your  right at about 2 miles and explore as you like. Hit 2N02, the [...]

Holcomb Valley Tour

Trail Name: Holcomb Valley Tour Forest Service Designation: Multiple roads and trails. Total Distance: 20 mile loop. Overview: Long dirt road loop with views of Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley. Difficulty: On a bike, the technical difficulty is moderate. Several hill climbs and the length make this close to advanced. Activities: Biking Trail Type: 100% Forest Service dirt road. Description: This long loop takes you through the back roads of Big Bear in a first hand fashion. Start at Polique Canyon and head up 2N09. Make a left onto 2N71, and keep your eye out for the fantastic views [...]

John Bull

Trail Name: John Bull Forest Service Designation: 3N10, 3N43, 3N07, 3N32, 3N02, 3N16 Total Distance: 11.2 mile loop Overview: rough dirt road loop with views of local rock climbing area and desert to the north. Difficulty: On a bike this is a difficult trail; it is technical and demanding. If you hike this, the trail itself is moderate with the length being the determining difficulty factor. Activities: Biking, hiking. Trail Type: 4x4 trail, Forest Service dirt roads. Description: This is one of the most challenging 4x4 roads in the San Bernardino Mountains, and brings with it a great challenge for [...]

Little Bear Peak

Trail Name: Little Bear Peak Forest Service Designation: 2N84, 2N84A Total Distance: Overview: Short and steep trail up to an open, rocky point with views of both Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: Dirt Road. Description: Start at the rough dirt road 2N84, off the left side of the main road 3N12. Continue up the road for 1/4 mile, and then turn left on 2N84A. Follow this road until you reach a road closed sign (before the Butler Fire, this used to be a 4x4 road that jeeps would drive up [...]

Lost Creek Trail

Trail Name: Lost Creek Forest Service Designation: 1E09 Total Distance: 5.75 miles one way Overview: rarely used trail that takes you up into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes are not permitted in Wilderness Areas. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: The Lost Creek Trail starts right at Highway 38 and heads straight uphill for almost 2,000 feet. Along this seldom used trail you will have tremendous views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Heart Bar Peak. Towards the top you'll walk through Grinnell Ridge Camp and then drop into the wonderful South Fork Meadows area. Take [...]

PCT Cushenbury to Holcomb Creek

Trail Name: Pacific Crest Trail Forest Service Designation: PCT 2000 Total Distance: 19.6 miles Overview: The Pacific Crest Trail is a national scenic trail from Mexico and Canada, over 2,650 miles of trail with approximately 40 miles running through the Big Bear Valley. The trail goes from the north desert entrance of Big Bear out along the north ridge of Bertha Peak and around Delamar Mountain, allowing great views of Big Bear Lake. The trail ends up winding through the forest north of Fawnskin, where you can see the results of the Butler 2 fire from 2007. The trails offers some alternative [...]

PCT Onyx to Cushenberry

Trail Name: Pacific Crest Trail Onyx to Cushenberry Total Distance: 13.2 miles one way Overview: Long and diverse hike along beautiful Pacific Crest Trail. Difficulty: The trail itself is easy to moderate; doing the entire section in a day is difficult. Activities: Hiking, horseback riding. Remember; no bikes on PCT. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: A long and gorgeous stroll down the Pacific Crest Trail that showcases the diversity of Big Bear. Starting at the top of Onyx Summit with views of San Gorgonio, the trail rapidly drops into a riparian valley and follows the beginnings of Arrastre Creek. The [...]

Pine Knot Trail

Trail Name: Pine Knot Forest Service Designation: 1E01 Total Distance: 3.1 miles one way Overview: popular and well maintained trail that ends at a great overlook. Difficulty: easy to moderate. Activities: hiking, biking and horseback riding. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: A classic Big Bear trail, Pine Knot takes you from the Aspen Glen picnic area up into the forest. Along the way are great views of Big Bear Lake, a walk along a creek and through a meadow, and it ends at Grandview Point, overlooking San Gorgonio and the Santa Ana River Valley. From here head back down to [...]

Santa Ana River Trail – 16 Mile Version

Name: Santa Ana River Trail (SART) Forest Service Designation: 2E03 Distance: 16 miles one way Overview: Scenic Trail cutting along the sides of steep ridges in the Santa Ana River Valley Difficulty: Intermediate Activities: Hiking, Horses and Biking Trail Type: 98% Single Track Description: An EPIC trail with tons of variations. The Santa Ana River Trail will bring you to large meadows, steep cliff edges, peaceful creeks, and breathtaking vistas through the Santa Ana River Valley. It begins by Heart Bar Campground with sandy rocky single track that is crisscrossed with many other trails and then travels through an arid [...]

Seven Oaks

Trail Name: Seven Oaks Forest Service Designation: 0E01 Total Distance: 2 miles Overview: Steep trail from the Skyline Ridge down into the Santa Ana River Valley. Difficulty: Advanced. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes Trail Type: 100% Singletrack Description: Begin at the benches where Skyline Trail, Pine Knot Trail, Grandview Point Trail, and Seven Oaks Trail all come to a 4 way crossing zone. Head south, down the beautiful opening valley of Seven Oaks, through a couple of switchbacks and past rocky outcroppings. Drop into the namesake oaks, and follow the trail down through the tough decomposed granite bench cuts. The [...]

Siberia Creek

Trail Name: Siberia Creek Forest Service Designation: 1W04 Total Distance: 6.1 miles one way Overview: rugged and scenic trail that drops down into the Bear Creek drainage and ends at Siberia Creek Group Camp. Difficulty: advanced. This is a steep and wild trail that has been neglected and ignored for many years. It is in the process of being brought back up to trail standards. Activities: hiking, biking. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: Siberia Creek is a committing and challenging trail. Start at the Champion Lodgepole Pine trailhead and follow Siberia Creek down a valley, finally opening up onto a [...]

Skyline Trail

Trail Name: Skyline Forest Service Designation: Total Distance: Overview: Difficulty: Moderate. Activities: Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: Possible Loops / Variations: Trailhead and Parking: Trail Etiquette: Always be courteous to other trail users. All users yield to equestrians, with cyclists also yielding to hikers. Travel only at safe speeds, and stay on designated trails to protect our fragile mountain environment. For Your Safety: Notify someone of your planned route and estimated time of return. Outdoor activities can be dangerous; use caution at all times and be prepared with water, food, and adequate equipment and knowledge. The Big Bear Valley Trails [...]

South Fork Trail

Trail Name: Poopout Hill via Jenks Lake/South Fork Forest Service Designation: 1E04 Total Distance: 3.8 miles one way Overview: scenic trail that takes you past Jenks Lake to the edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area Difficulty: Moderate Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes and motorized vehicles not permitted on South Fork Trail. Trail Type: Graded road for the first half, then alternating between graded dirt road and single track. Description: The Jenks Lake Trail starts right at Highway 38 and travels uphill through several switchbacks at an easy grade to Jenks Lake. Walk around the northern edge of the lake [...]

Tip Top Mountain

Trail Name: Tip Top Mountain Forest Service Designation: 2N90 Total Distance: 1.7 miles one way Overview: Rocky and steep road up to one of the best views in Big Bear. Difficulty: If you hike this it is moderate, with several sections of loose rock. On a mountain bike this is a difficult climb that will push you both aerobically and technically. Activities: Hiking, biking. Trail Type: 4x4 trail. Description: A seldom visited part of Big Bear, Tip Top Mountain is a true summit, with steep expose on all sides and views from Joshua Tree National Park to Sugarloaf Peak. Start [...]

Woodland Trail

Trail Name: Woodland Trail Forest Service Designation: 1E23 Total Distance: 1.5 miles Overview: short interpretive trail very close to Big Bear Lake. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Activities: Hiking, Horses, and Bikes. Bikes please stay off during busy times. Trail Type: 100% singletrack. Description: Possible Loops / Variations: Trailhead and Parking: Large signed parking lot on north side of North Shore Drive, 400 yards west of Stanfield Cutoff and North Shore Elementary School. You can see the trailhead from the Alpine Pedal Path.    

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