Close-up of red fall foliage in Big Bear

Unique Ways to View Colors!

Posted: 08/31/20

Not to brag, but Big Bear Lake boasts from pretty spectacular colors in the fall season! Something we like to call the Falltacular season!

Aspens, maples, oaks, and more show off their bright reds, yellows, and oranges in the autumn months - about mid to late September through late October - and viewing them is as easy as taking a stroll through the neighborhood, or as exciting as soaring through the air on a scenic helicopter tour!

Take A Walk!

Big Bear's forested neighborhoods offer a real treat for autumn color seekers. From your lodge or vacation rental, head out the front door and take an easy stroll around the block. Deciduous trees can be found growing throughout Big Bear, so fall foliage will be brightening every area in the Valley this season!

Hiking our National Forest trails is also an easy way to view fall colors away from neighborhoods. The easiest routes include the Alpine Pedal Path and Happy Hills Trails that weave and wind through the forest and along the lake shoreline. These fully paved walkways accommodate strollers and beginner bikers. See our Hiking Page for additional trail info.

Hop On A Bike!

If you're more of a two-wheel type of adventurer, grab your bike - or rent from one of our top bike shops (see bottom) - and take to the trails, and don't forget your camera! Access to San Bernardino National Forest trails is free, though you may need an Adventure Pass to park in some trailhead parking lots.

Three hikers walk a trail

Scenic Segway Tours!

Action Tours California hosts their Scenic Fall Color Tours each year, offering tourists a fun and unique way of exploring the town. You'll be lead through the vibrant and colorful Village area as well as surrounding neighborhoods on your very own Segway machine.

Get Above It All!

Take flight and see the Valley's crimson and yellow hues from the skies with Helicopter Big Bear! You'll get bird's eye views of Big Bear Valley, the Mohave Desert, San Gorgonio, the Santa Ana Canyon, and much much more! All tours leave from Big Bear City Airport.

Ride the Scenic Sky Chair!

During the spring, summer, and fall months, Snow Summit's Scenic Sky Chair is open to hikers looking for a unique and oh so scenic take on the Valley. Rides up and down offer panoramic views of Big Bear Lake and the North Shore ridgeline. Once you arrive at the top of the mountain you'll get breathtaking views of the Santa Ana River Valley and San Gorgonio peak. The highest in Southern California!

The Skyline Trail is accessible from the top of the mountain, follow signs or ask personnel for guidance to the trail site.

Action Tours Segway in Big Bear Lake

Giddy Up!

Explore the Big Bear back country this fall with Baldwin Lake Stables. Book a 1, 2, 3 or half day tour around the Valley's east end with a knowledgeable guide and trusty steed! Reservations are recommended.

Off-Road Jeep Tours!

Add a little excitement to your fall color fun! Big Bear Jeep Experience invites off-roaders of all ability levels to explore an easy, scenic adventure or a challenging thrill ride through some of Big Bear's most popular 4X4 trails.

Set Sail!

Take in Big Bear's colorful changing leaves this fall right from the water aboard one of three lake tour experiences. Tours are lead by certified captains who will share the Valley's history and interesting facts while exploring beautiful coves and shorelines, some only visible from on the water.

Share your fall color experience with us on social media! Tag @visitbigbear to share or #yesbigbear to be reposted.


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