Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails
Our local mountains surrounding the Big Bear Valley offers hundreds of miles of some of the most beautiful and serene hiking and mountain-biking trails in all of Southern California. Trail types range from easy family day hikes to extended and more challenging backpacking expeditions. For more information on recreational opportunities, visit this website.
NOTE: If you plan to park your vehicle in the around or at a trailhead, you will need to purchase an Adventure Pass and display it in your vehicle when parked. You can buy the pass at the Discovery Center, other Forest Service offices, or at many businesses throughout the Big Bear Valley. For more Information about passes and permits click here.
Our local mountains have the highest concentration of endangered plant species in the United States; therefore, please keep your dog on a leash and stay on the trail.
Before starting even on a casual hike, take an inventory of your equipment. Have the proper footwear. Blisters and sore legs will greatly distract from your adventure in the great outdoors.
The Big Bear Valley is in many places high desert, so take plenty of fluids since there is very little access to drinking water on these trails. The only water that is safe to drink at recreation sites is from developed systems. Open water is too easily contaminated to be considered potable. Water from springs, lakes, ponds and streams should be treated prior to drinking. Even clear water should be boiled at least 15 minutes before drinking.
At this altitude the air has very little ozone to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun, therefore, a hat is imperative. And, sun-block is also important.
Many experienced trekkers carry a small survival kit with them. This often contains a windbreaker, a small first aid kit, a metal mirror, a police whistle, matches, a pocket flashlight, some high-enery snacks and a sheet of plastic or a thermal blanket in case the weather changes or they are forced to spend the night in the woods.
Always let someone you trust know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Also, it is never wise to hike alone. Find out when the sun sets and allow yourself plenty of time to get back before dark.