Spring Adventure

Hello Spring, you wild thing!

Springtime in the Southern California mountains can be a crazy combination of sunny mornings with the sound of birds singing in the pines and wild rainstorms that create seasonal streams rushing through the rocky creek beds. Rainbows in the sky and rainbows jumping in the lake!

Spring Fishing in Big Bear

Pack up your tackle box and head up to Big Bear Lake for some serious alone time on the water. Our six marinas open starting April 1 and there is next to no one on the lake. The trout are biting big-time and you can be one of the first to enjoy the Spring fishing season on Big Bear Lake.

An angler wades in Big Bear Lake

Spring Hiking in Big Bear

Stroll along the lake on the Alpine Pedal Path or hike one of our mountain trails where you may still find patches of snow on the South Shore at the higher elevations. Check out the section of Pacific Crest Trail that runs through the Big Bear Valley when you hike two-miles up Cougar Crest Trail. Visit our website to learn more about hiking trails and paths in Big Bear Lake.

Wildflowers and Nature in Big Bear

In April, the Pebble Plains at the east end of Big Bear Valley are bursting with this years growth of wildflowers that are just an inch or two high. These rare species are only found in the Big Bear where else in the world! Tours of the Pebble Plains are available on weekends with Discovery Center volunteers. In mid-May, you’ll start seeing a rainbow of colors popping up along the trails and throughout the forest. At higher elevations, like Bluff Lake Reserve, you’ll spot wild Columbine, Yarrow and Indian Paintbrush from late May through July.

Wildflowers bloom on the pebble plains

High-Altitude Spring Training in Big Bear

At over 6700’ feet in elevation, Big Bear Lake is perfect for elevation training and close to home if you live in Southern California. So, if you are an outdoor athlete who runs, cycles, climbs, or is looking for a competitive edge in any endurance sport, it’s the perfect time for high-altitude spring training at Big Bear Lake, CA! Hit the Pine Knot Trail for a six-mile out & back hike that will get your heart pumping and satisfy your craving for a dose of forest. Hop on your MTB and ride the 16-mile Skyline Trail for some challenging dirt and awesome views of San Gorgonio.

Grab your running shoes and take off along the lake on the Alpine Pedal Path or check out Cougar Crest Trail for a North Shore trail run. Get your fill of fresh mountain air and train your body to respond to the lower oxygen level at this altitude. You’ll knock out the competition in all of your summer events! Learn more about the benefits of high altitude training and how this gives athletes a competitive advantage.

Mountain biking is a popular spring activity

Springtime Off-Roading in Big Bear

The Gold Fever Trail is a free 12-mile, self-guided, off-road adventure. Pack a picnic, pick up a map at the Big Bear Discovery Center, and head out with the family for a day of off-road adventure around Big Bear Lake. Learn about the gold mining history of Big Bear and the scoundrels that founded this area.

Spring Camping and Lodging in Big Bear

Campgrounds along the lake and throughout Big Bear Valley are now open. Just go to to find the camping spot that’s right for your friends or family. Springtime lodging rates are nice and low for that quick weekend getaway and mid-week rates are even better. Spring is a perfect time to visit Big Bear.