Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino mountains of California about 90 miles east of Los Angeles in southern California. The area is a full four season resort which offers great skiing in the winter. Hiking, biking, boating and camping are great activities in the spring, summer and fall.
Located at 7000 ft above sea level, Big Bear offers a nice opportunity to get above the heat of the surrounding areas. Big Bear has a huge 4×4 following, and a wide variety of back roads, campsites and jeep trails offer something for everyone.
The John Bull Trail will test any 4×4 while Skyline drive offers scenic views for almost any vehicle. Lake Arrowhead, Green Valley Lake and Holcomb Valley all offer scenic drives and a rich history.
Holcomb Valley is about five miles north of Big Bear Lake and the site of the most gold mined in Southern California. Gold was discovered in the area by William F. Holcomb in 1860. There are several mine sites, structures and various ruin that offer an opportunity to explore.
Due to recent fires in the area, Big Bear is undergoing a rejuvenation. Old growth forest was burnt, but new life is literally growing up from the ashes. Although not beautiful in the traditional way, it can be a wonderful learning experience and opportunity.
Big Bear Trail Map
Big Bear Trails