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Summer Escape

Summer in Big Bear. It’s cooler up here.

NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we recommend all guests visit our "Travelling Responsibly in Big Bear Lake" page before coming to Big Bear Lake. Please travel responsibly for the safety of our residents and other patrons.

With clear blue skies and crisp mountain air, summer in Big Bear is the top choice for a SoCal mountain lake escape. Cool forest trails and a seven-mile lake brimming with activity create the ideal setting for your summer alpine playground. From June through August, average daytime temperatures are around 78 degrees and drop down to about 50 degrees at night.

Lake view from the summit of Castle Rock trail


Experience Big Bear’s Summer Lake Activities

Spend a day cruising on the lake on a classic pontoon boat or experience the thrill of water sports with wakeboarding or waterski lessons. Big Bear's six marinas offer every kind of water toy rental you can imagine. From kayaks and canoes to pedal boats and paddleboards, your summer just keeps getting better. For a pure adrenaline rush, grab some friends to hit the water on a couple of jet-skis.

For a more relaxing lake experience, hop aboard any of our tour boats for a narrated 90-minute cruise on Big Bear Lake. Learn about the history of Big Bear Valley, see the beautiful mountain homes lining the lakefront and hear about the celebrities that have made Big Bear their second home.

Fishing at Big Bear Lake is considered some of Southern California's best with trout fishing being the top game! If you want the best tips and tricks for fishing this area, hire a fishing charter to show you the ropes.

A kayaker paddles the lake

The Biking Capital of SoCal

Big Bear is a mecca for summertime road cycling and mountain biking! With hundreds of miles of cross country trails and a lift served downhill park, you're sure to find the perfect route for your outdoor adventure.

Adrenaline junkies - advanced and beginners alike - can take on the downhill tracks at Summit Bike Park. With a variety of set ups, banked turns, bridges, and new trails each year, there’s something for riders of all ability levels. Lessons and rentals are available at the resort.

Cross country riders have an endless supply of single-track trails throughout the Valley that are free and accessible year-round. Don't have your own equipment or looking to demo? Head over to Bear Valley Bikes or Goldsmith's Sports to rent the latest in mountain biking technology.

Big Bear Lake is also touted as the 'Cycling Capital of SoCal' with its steep climbs and high altitude. Switch to the road slicks and take on Big Bear!

Touring Here, There and Everywhere!

Experience Big Bear from every angle when you book a unique tour! Explore off-road with Big Bear Jeep Experience or on horseback with Baldwin Lake Stables. Take to the air with Action Tours zipline or Segway or take it up a notch with Helicopter Big Bear tours.

overview of people riding in jeep in big bear, CA
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Family Fun & More!

Learn about Big Bear's wildlife and learn how to help preserve our beautiful mountain home for generations to come! The Big Bear Alpine Zoo offers a unique look into the native wildlife of the San Bernardino mountains while working hard to rehabilitate injured and imprinted animals.

Take a journey into the past at Big Bear History Museum where Big Bear's incredible history is shared through a wealth of historical information, photos, and displays of cabins, shops, an old schoolhouse, and a mining operation! Enjoy a live blacksmithing demonstration and gold-panning experience.

The Big Bear Discovery Center - run by the Southern California Mountains Foundation - provides visitors with maps and information about all things National Forest. Activities like ranger campfires, nature walks, children’s story time, nature crafts, geocaching and kayaking adventures are offered throughout the summer.

Discover it all! From year-round fun at the Bowling Barn, to striking it rich at Gold Rush Mining Adventures, to scavenger hunts with Urban Adventure Quest, amusement park fun at the Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play, and a 9-Hole regulation golf course at Bear Mountain, you'll never wonder what to do next this summer in Big Bear Lake! So get up here and get summering!