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A Guide to Autumn in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 10/02/19 | By Eddie Kirsch

Slow down and enjoy the mountain beauty of this little Southern California paradise.

Fall Fun in Big Bear Lake

For those looking to slow things down and take a moment to breathe cool mountain air and escape from a crowded city, Fall is the perfect time to visit Big Bear Lake. Weather in Southern California during this time still reaches highs of 90 degrees and more, but in Big Bear Lake, the weather stays cool during the day and cold enough at night to enjoy the warmth of a nice fire in the cabin fireplace. Check out our guide on how to Fall in this paradise destination.

Step 1: Pack for cool weather


The nights in Big Bear Lake can get cold, and the temperature will begin to drop before sunset. Before you go, pack you favorite sweater and jacket for this time. Don't forget warm packs and wool socks.

If you forget enough warm clothes, don't sweat it. There's plenty of shopping in The Village and on Big Bear Boulevard for stylish clothes suited for this climate.

One other thing you are for sure going to want to bring is a camera! Big Bear experiences some of the best fall color in Southern California and that leads us to our next step ...

Big Bear's Pineknot Trailhead signage

Step 2: Follow the Fall Color


The San Bernardino National Forest is huge, which means that fall color can come to different sections at different times! A stop by the Big Bear Visitor Center will help inform you where the latest fall color is beginning to occur or well underway. Be sure to pack your hiking shoes! Sometimes the best fall color will be experienced at higher peaks along hiking trails surrounding the valley. Fall is an amazing time to hike, which works up quite an appetite ...

Step 3: Savor seasonal offerings

It's the season of pumpkin spice, but let that deter you from other fantastic flavors offered throughout the Valley. Visit our Dining & Nightlife page to find something scrumptious on your next trip to town.

Step 4: Find the Falltacular Fun

We like to call autumn in Big Bear the Falltacular season with all the special activities and seasonal fun on offer for the whole family. Enjoy a fall petting zoo at Baldwin Lake Stables or excavate precious stones and gems at Gold Rush Mining Adventures.

Embark on an Action Tour escapade with a fall colors Segway tour or enjoy the changing colors on a Jeep tour or high flying helicopter ride. Lake tours also continue into the fall season offering a glimpse of Big Bear fall beauty right from the water!

Learn about some of Big Bear's local history and take your imagination on a trip with scavenger hunts by Urban Adventure Quest and Mountain Room Escapes.

Step 5: Take Fall home with you


You might not be able to take home fall colors, but that doesn't mean you have to leave Big Bear Lake empty handed. Besides a smile and a phone full of Instagram-worthy photos, enjoy fall goodies at stores such as Brown Bear Gift Shop, Barrel 33, and Earth's Elements.

Eddie Kirsch is the Director of Marketing for Visit Big Bear and is an expert at enjoying the excitement Big Bear has to offer year-round!

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