A Guide to Autumn in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 10/02/19 | By Eddie Kirsch

Fall is an amazing time to spend a weekend or even a full week in Big Bear Lake. 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 time for pumpkin-spiced everything! During Fall, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is open every weekend through Nov. 2, so be sure to fill up on your share of German beer and brats. That's not all however, dine at Old Country Inn or The Pines for some seasonal fall dishes, and save room for dessert at Sister My Sister bake shop for some pumpkin (and apple) spiced favorites.

Step 4: Find the Falltacular Fun

This season is called the Falltacular in Big Bear Lake. There's special activities and things to do for the whole family. Enjoy a fall petting zoo at Bear Valley Farms (and pick out a pumpkin for Halloween), embark on an Action Tour adventure with a special fall colors segway tour, play special games during the Fallin' For Treasure at Gold Rush Mining Adventures. Check out the full list of activities, events and deals during the Falltacular here.

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 Mountain Witch Tea Company, Brown Bear Gift Shop, Barrel 33, Earth's Elements and Gold Rush Gift Emporium.

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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