Hiking in Big Bear

Take to the trails in Big Bear Lake!

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

Hiking trails are enjoyed year-round in Big Bear Lake. In the spring, fall or summer season, head out with a good pair of hiking boots and when the snow flies, strap on some snowshoes. Tour the Valley solo or join in a guided tour - snowshoe equipment included in the winter.

Trail Safety & Preparation

It's no secret that connecting with nature rejuvenates the spirit and melts away stress, but certain precautions need to be taken before venturing out. Keep your journey safe, fun, and sustainable while enjoying National Forest trails. Please remember:

  • National Forest Trailhead Parking Lots and Recreation Areas require an Adventure Pass available at our Visitor Center.
  • Always stick to well-marked and established trails. See Top Trails.
  • Carry a map and plan your route before you venture off. Pick up maps at our Visitor Center.
  • Avoid venturing alone, trail buddies can save lives!
  • Always tell someone where you're going and carry a phone to call help.
  • Do not approach or feed wildlife.
  • In winter, hiking trails on the North Shore are best. The snow melts faster and trails are more accessible.
  • Always yield to uphill hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
  • Take plenty of water, dress appropriately, wear sturdy hiking boots, and use sunscreen.
  • Pack it in, pack it out - Don't litter the forest!
  • Be aware of Fire Restrictions