Listed in order of increasing Difficulty
Camp Creek National Recreation Trail
1W09 Very Steep and Difficult 7.2 miles Round Trip
This trail begins .4 miles east of the Main Gate of the Snow Valley Ski Resort at the 2N97 Forest Road turnout. Signage at the trailhead will direct you to the Camp Creek Trail which 2N97 intersects in .3 miles. It is a very steep trail with an elevation change of 2,000 feet. It terminates at Bear Creek.
Sugarloaf National Recreation Trail
2E18 Difficult 10 miles Round Trip
From the south end of Stanfield Cutoff on Big Bear Boulevard (Highway 38), continue for 6 miles heading south toward Redlands. Turn right on 2N93 at the intersection of Highway 38 and Hatchery Road. Follow this dirt road until you reach the Sugarloaf Trail sign and park in the turnout. The first 2 miles is a dirt road, which at times follows Green Creek. Although the view from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain is mostly obscured by trees, you have climbed to an altitude of 9,952 feet, the highest point in the Big Bear Valley.
Glory Ridge Trail
1W02 Very Difficult and Not Recommended 2 miles Round Trip
The turnout to the trailhead is 2 miles west of the Big Bear Lake dam on Highway 18, just after the Highway reduces from two lanes to one. Drive down rutted Forest Road 2N15. Turn right at the fork onto a dirt road. Drive slowly and park on a knoll at the road’s end. Follow the trail .25 miles to the trailhead which marked by a “Fishermen” sign. Now the trail becomes very strenuous, dropping 1,100 feet in 1 mile! Climbing down is treacherous; climbing out is exhausting.
Siberia Creek Trail
Easy to Extremely Difficult 7 miles Round Trip
Park at the same trailhead as the Championship Lodgepole Pine Trail: To get to the Champion Lodgepole Pine Trailhead, which is on the south side of Big Bear Lake, you drive up Mill Creek Road (Forest Road 2N10) for 4.5 miles, turn right on 2N11 and continue for .5 miles, passing the turn-off for the tree. You will traverse and then parallel trickling Siberia Creek for 1.5 miles until you reach the “Gunsight.” This rock formation is two huge boulders which were named because they resemble the massive rear gunsight of a rifle. If you are in excellent shape and choose to continue down to Siberia Creek, be aware that the trail has been obliterated by many rockslides. It is also very steep with an elevation change of 3,000 feet.
This trail is not maintained by the Forest Service.
San Gorgonio Wilderness
Hike Moderate and Difficult Trails
Points of Interest: pine and fir forests, lush subalpine meadows, sparkling streams, placid lakes, wildlife (particularly deer, bighorn sheep and black bears). Look for Dollar Lake, Dry Lake, San Gorgonio Peak, San Bernardino Peak, Fish Creek, and Aspen Grove.
Popular Wilderness trailheads are South Fork, Aspen Grove, Fish Creek, Forsee Creek, San Bernardino Peak, Momyer, and Vivian Creek. You can hike for a couple of hours or for a week. Be sure to get advice from Forest Service staff while planning your trip.
There are no easy trails in the Wilderness! In picking a trail, be sure you watch the elevation gains that will be made on the hike. The most popular route is from South Fork Trail, climbing 4,700 feet to the top of San Gorgonio. Round trip is 21.5 miles. It’s recommended as a 2-day (or longer) hike.
The steepest but shortest route to San Gorgonio is from the Vivian Creek Trailhead near Forest Falls: 15.6 miles round trip with a 5,300 feet elevation gain.
Permits: free Wilderness permit and Adventure Pass. Permits can be obtained in person at the Mill Creek Ranger Station, Barton Flats Visitor Center (summer only), and the Big Bear Discovery Center. You can request a permit application by mail or fax up to three months in advance. Permits are issued on a quota basis. When the daily quota for a trailhead has been filled, no additional permits will be issued for that area.
Trailheads: Most of the trailheads are in the Barton Flats area. Pick up a description of the trails at the Ranger Station.
Seasons: The best hiking time is June to October. The rest of the year, trails are snow covered and dangerous. Some trails on south-facing slopes may be snow-free longer. Always check at the Ranger Stations for trail conditions.