Big Bear is nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains and is defined by its rustic traditions, rich history, pristine lake, beautiful mountainscapes and abundant recreational opportunities. All of Big Bear’s outdoor activities are easily accessible and for most residents it is a short drive or walk to enjoy the lake or mountains.
Spring fever brings hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, off-roading, golfing, boating, camping, water skiing, parasailing, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing activities. Hiking is abundant with a variety of trails, ranging from 1-1/2 mile easy loops, to full-day hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans from Mexico to Canada. If you prefer the outdoors on wheels, Big Bear offers some of the best off-roading and mountain biking experiences in Southern California. If four wheels are the preferred mode of transportation, off-road adventures are abundant in locations such as Holcomb Valley and Cactus Flats. Each summer, Big Bear is host to a Jeep Jamboree. Golfing at Bear Mountain Resorts is a local favorite. The course offers nine holes, a clubhouse, a golf pro on staff and of course, a gorgeous back drop.
Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s premier recreational lake. It is has approximately 22 miles of shoreline and is seven miles long. The lake offers year-round fishing and a multitude of recreational opportunities.
The Gold Fever Trail goes through Holcomb Valley and is great for taking your vehicle off-roading, or going hiking and mountain biking. It is also an historic tour of the Valley which is great for families. Click here for photos and descriptions.
We also have plenty of Forest Service information. Use our drop-down menus to find information about the Big Bear Lake Discovery Center, an Adventure Pass, forest permits and camp sites.