Plan Your Stay
Adventurous Ventures! Full or Half Day – You decide!
Hike, bike, climb, kayak, show shoe or experience wildlife up close and personal! Stop by the Discovery Center for a listing of local trail favorites for walking, hiking and running. Learn about points of interest and natural history of the valley before starting out. Gain scenic views from Cougar Crest or Grays Peak hiking trails. Knock off one of the areas seven summits – like Gold Mountain or the region’s king, San Gorgonio, at 11,499 feet above sea level. Take your camera along to document your hiking prowess. On a clear day, you may just see Catalina Island in the distance.
If heart-stopping downhill on two wheels is more your speed, swing by Snow Summit for a ride to the top on the scenic Sky Chair. From here access hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails – whether you desire the steeper challenges or enough technical skill to edge the adrenaline above cruising speed, you are guaranteed to claim bragging rights over post activity refreshments. You can also grab a great Bar-B-Que lunch at the top of Snow Summit, picnic with an amazing view and have a leisurely ride down.
Rock climb a technical wall in any one of Big Bear’s developed climbing areas. Holcomb Valley’s pinnacles provide a great mix of beginner, intermediate and expert routes while Castle Rock offers hardcore climbing with rewarding views of the lake at its top.
In winter, set the pace yourself and ascend snow covered canyons by snow shoes. Mill Creek area is a perfect spot – climb halfway and enjoy the silence of the forest or reach the top and enjoy spectacular views in any direction. Or snowshoe scenic Van Dusen Canyon near the Manor, or head right out the front door and head up Gold Mountain. Don’t expect to see anyone else – unless of course you bring someone else along!
If wildlife is your thing, visit nearby Wolf Mountain Sanctuary and experience wolves up close. Feel alive as a 180-pound Arctic wolf brushes your eek, or receive a soft wolf kiss as he licks your face!
Unique Mountain adventures await you in Big Bear Lake, Rent a pontoon boat, kayak, paddleboard or Jet Ski and cruise more than 22 miles of shoreline and interesting coves. Visit Big Bear Alpine Zoo and view alpine animals in their home terrain, and learn about the successful rehabilitation efforts for which this little zoo has earned a stellar reputation. You will be close to eagles, owls, bears, mountain lions, wolves, lynch, snow leopards and many other wildlife. Hike along the Woodland Nature Trail located on North Shore Drive across from the east boat launch and learn about Big Bear’s native flora.
Visit the Big Bear Lake Discovery Center and attend one of the Ranger Lectures. Don’t forget to attend a summer evening outdoor concert in the Center’s amphitheater.
Rent bikes and cruise the peddle path as it winds its way along the lake and through the trees. Remember to stop every now and then to take in the views!
Spend an afternoon zip-lining through the San Bernardino National Forest for some extra thrills.