The forests surrounding Big Bear Lake offer trails for hikers and walkers at all skill levels.

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When it comes to taking a trip to the mountains it’s only natural to make a connection with hiking in the woods. Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Big Bear because it’s the easiest to plan and least complicated to do. Ready yourself with a good set of shoes, a water bottle, sunblock, and hat, and let Big Bear’s thousands of acres of wilderness take care of the rest.

Three hikers in the Big Bear forest during fall

Choose from numerous routes throughout the Valley and start planning your trek. Pick up a trail map when you visit the Big Bear Discovery Center or Big Bear Visitor Center and ask the friendly staff for recommendations and tips! Hiking in the National Forest is free, but parking requires an Adventure Pass from the U.S. Forest Service. These can be purchased in either location as well.

As John Muir said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Hikers will be treated to stunning scenery in lush meadows and panoramic views from high peaks. Wildlife abounds from the forest floor to the air and the forests offer a peacefulness rarely found anywhere else.