If or when here in California you have to remember Big Bear it set on 7000 ft. elevation about 2 hours from Los Angeles in San Bernardino Mountain it is beautiful and peaceful place You must visit. Big bear Lake must see is a small mountain town and has everything you need from shopping and dining and cabin rental and great events best adventure travel destinations.
They have an event yearly it is big Bear’s famous Oktoberfest celebration with a tribute to America’s Hero’s all past and present military, law enforcement, and firefighters.
You can find Hotel and many cabins for rent right along the lake.
Best adventure vacations families, Our forefathers built a trail spanning from Mexico to Canada and designated that it be only used by hikers and horseback riders. Smart they were, as the Pacific Crest Trail shows it off from border to border. Known to go through isolated wilderness, baking desert, freezing mountains and a few fairly populated areas; the Pacific Crest Trail can be hiked in pieces, instead of jumping into the whole 6 months it usually takes.
In the San Bernardino’s the PCT passes right through neighborhoods. You can easily map out a bit of the trail and share your footprints with those who have walked before. There is a simple overnight hike from Onyx Summit at Hwy. 38, down to Baldwin Lake, the East end of the Big Bear Valley, a distance of about 10 miles.
The PCT runs north from Onyx Summit and gently descends in altitude to the Bear Valley floor. There is no difficult spots, no endless switchbacks. There were uphill’s. It isn’t tennis shoes walk. Southern California is made up of decomposed granite and sharp rocks. Most of them appear to be on the PCT. Do yourself a favor and put your boots on.
Starting at Onyx Summit, it is a little over 4 miles to the Arrastre creek spring. This is a great place for overnight camping, usually treatable water available in the warm months. There is a picnic table, a horse trough. Fire rings available and seasonal treatable water. You need a permit to start a fire, even in a campsite. It’s free fire permit. Depending on conditions, you still may not be permitted to burn.)
The sceneries are gorgeous and you will forget being tired and want to keep going and just past the trail head you’ll have views of the San Gorgonio Mountain Range to the Southwest. You’ll parallel the highway for a while, walking down the next ridge and shortly after the view to the North breaks open and you’ll see your destination spread out before you. Then you will hike into the ravine, entering a nice area of large trees. The creek will start flow and disappear in the most of the trail.
You can see water along the trail for a distance. The trail rises to meet the hills East of Erwin Lake. Views will come into perspective and you’ll be able to look back and see where you came from. You’ll find yourself very close to residential area in Baldwin Lake.
Mountain Biking is a growing sport in the mountains. Riding is permitted on many public roads and trails. Riding is not permitted on the Pacific Crest Trail and within designated wilderness areas. One of the best riding areas in Big Bear Lake is Snow Summit. The Snow Summit Ski Area transports mountain bikes on their chairlift to the top of the mountain. From there, riders may access Forest system roads and trails.
Challenging routes can be found for all skill levels, but the more spectacular rides are best attempted by the experienced cyclist. Route information is also available in the book, Mountain Biking in the San Bernardino Mountains by Robert Shipley.
Remember that weather conditions vary daily, even hourly, trail conditions are unpredictable, and safe drinking water is scarce.
To prevent erosion and resource damage, please stay on designated roads and trails. Always announce your presence to others when you need to pass. Remember this rule: hikers first, equestrians second, and bicycles third. If you can follow this rule, everyone will be safe and have fun.
Avoid excessive speed because of the potential danger to yourself and others. Ride safely and responsibly.
Leave no litter and look for opportunities to remove litter left by others. And finally, maintain your bike in top condition—particularly the brakes. Carry tools and know how to use them.
Dirt clods and vegetation can introduce invasive weeds; carefully clean your equipment after each ride.