A hiker stands overlooking the valley

Off the Beaten Path

Posted: 08/23/19 | By Big Bear Lake

Sometimes you need to get off the beaten path to find a quiet place where you can just breathe and take in the beauty of this incredible planet.

Each of these unique Big Bear trails will give you the space you need to completely unwind. Picnics are encouraged. All trails are pet friendly.

Bluff Lake Reserve

Bluff Lake Reserve – The Wildlands Conservancy - .08 mile loop - Very Easy

Quiet beauty. Nestled in the forest just a few minutes away from Big Bear Village is a pristine 80-acre preserve owned and managed by The Wildlands Conservancy. Explore the trail winding around a protected 20-acre alpine lake and meadow surrounded by a towering forest of Lodgepole Pines, Jeffrey Pines and White Fir. Crawl up on the boulders to get a peek at the historic home site of the original settlers at Bluff Lake and the log cabin built for their minister. Follow the trail toward Siberia Creek Trail to see the Champion Lodgepole Pine, the oldest tree in Big Bear Valley. Foot traffic only. No bikes allowed. Open mid-May through Mid-November. Pets on leash welcome.

Wood fence and scenery

Gold Fever Trail – Self-Guided Driving Tour - 12.3 miles

Go at your own pace on this easy off-road adventure through Holcomb Valley. This scenic route takes you through an area that was thriving with activity during the gold rush of the 1860’s. At 12 selected markers you can get out of your vehicle and walk to the sites. See abandoned mines, grave sites and a hanging tree for horse thieves and other criminals of that era. Stop at the Big Bear Discovery Center to get maps and tour brochures. Great family adventure. Pets on leash welcome.

Man sitting on a rock viewing the sunset

The Eye of God – Hiking/Meditation - 1.8 mile in/out hike - Easy

The sacred land formation called the Eye of God is a giant quartz megalith peeking out of the juniper and pinon trees on the east end of Big Bear Valley. Long ago, a desperate gold miner detonated the Eye of God in search of precious minerals, exploding the mountain of quartz into the smaller rock face that you see today. The Eye of God, still an impressive site, is a favorite spot for meditation and reflection, especially at sunrise and sunset. Expect softly scented wild sage and the brilliant glow of goldenrod as you hike or mountain bike through this area in the fall. Pets on leash welcome. Photo Credit: Daniel Mutton

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