Best Trails Near Big Bear City CA

Big Bear City has 21 trails in the vicinity, including 8 for off-highway drives and 7 hiking trails. These trails range from 2.9 to 35 miles in length. The longest trail in Big Bear City is Big Bear to the Mojave Desert a well-known trail measuring 35 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Big Pine Flat Trail, Clarks Summit and Skyline Divide. Trails.com member Andy L. recently completed Big Bear Lake.

More information on the best trails in Big Bear City can be found below.
  • Jacoby Canyon

    4 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Many people mistakenly overlook this short but enjoyable trip. The road drops steeply into narrow Jacoby Canyon then winds its way back to Highway 18. On the way out, you pass several boulder ...
    •  Moderate
    •  1 hour
    •  2.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Many people mistakenly overlook this short but enjoyable trip. The road drops steeply into narrow Jacoby Canyon then winds ...

  • Big Pine Flat Trail

    3 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This long, easy-going trail follows a winding route through San Bernardino National Forest from Green Valley to Big Bear City. Along the way it passes through a variety of forest scenery and ...
    •  Easy
    •  3 hours
    •  26.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This long, easy-going trail follows a winding route through San Bernardino National Forest from Green Valley to Big Bear ...

  • John Bull Trail

    2 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Considered the toughest trail in the Big Bear area. The tough part is fairly short. Hike a short distance for views of Lucerne Valley. Forest Adventure Pass required if you stop to recreate. ...
    •  Difficult
    •  2 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Considered the toughest trail in the Big Bear area. The tough part is fairly short. Hike a short distance for views of Lucerne ...

  • Big Bear Lake

    1 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Located in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake offers some of the best early- and late-season trout fishing in Southern California. Summer still produces some fast and furious ...
    •  Guide

    Located in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake offers some of the best early- and late-season trout ...

  • Burns and Rattlesnake Canyons Trail

    1 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This easy trail travels from high desert at Yucca Valley through two spectacular canyons to the pine forests around Big Bear City. The trail commences a short distance from Yucca Valley, along ...
    •  Easy
    •  3 hours
    •  20.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy trail travels from high desert at Yucca Valley through two spectacular canyons to the pine forests around Big Bear ...

  • Clarks Summit

    1 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Explore the lesser traveled back side of Bear Mountain Ski Area. The upper portion of Clarks Summit shares the same road as easier Skyline Drive. Enjoy outstanding views to the south from higher ...
    •  Moderate
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  30.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Explore the lesser traveled back side of Bear Mountain Ski Area. The upper portion of Clarks Summit shares the same road ...

  • Holcomb Valley Historic Settlement

    1 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This trip visits the beautiful, historic Holcomb Valley. If you are at all adventurous, not afraid of ghosts wielding picks and shovels, few hours, consider exploring side roads in addition to ...
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip visits the beautiful, historic Holcomb Valley. If you are at all adventurous, not afraid of ghosts wielding picks ...

  • Skyline Divide

    1 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Don’t skip this trip because you think it’s too easy. The drive is fun and the scenery is great. Forest Adventure Pass required if you stop to recreate. No Green Sticker vehicles. Suitable for ...
    •  Easy
    •  2 hours plus sidetrips
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Don’t skip this trip because you think it’s too easy. The drive is fun and the scenery is great. Forest Adventure Pass required ...

  • Big Bear to the Mojave Desert

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This trip is a big one, tracing a pair of delightful creeks down the length of the San Bernardino Mountains. Although it passes near some of Southern California’s biggest mountain resorts and ...
    •  2–4 days
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip is a big one, tracing a pair of delightful creeks down the length of the San Bernardino Mountains. Although it ...

  • Delamar Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    At 8,398 feet, Delamar Mountain is the highest point on the ridge between Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley. Its boulder-covered summit stands above the forest, providing panoramic views of the ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    At 8,398 feet, Delamar Mountain is the highest point on the ridge between Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley. Its boulder-covered ...

  • Cougar Crest

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Cougar Crest Trail is technically a hike to the PCT rather than a hike on the PCT, but it is a very popular, accessible trip enjoyed by numerous Big Bear visitors. The trail climbs lush forested ...
    •  2 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Cougar Crest Trail is technically a hike to the PCT rather than a hike on the PCT, but it is a very popular, accessible trip ...

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    The rounded Sugarloaf Mtn. (9952´) is the tallest summit in the San Bernardino Mountains outside the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Located at the interface of two vegetation zones, it supports both ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The rounded Sugarloaf Mtn. (9952´) is the tallest summit in the San Bernardino Mountains outside the San Gorgonio Wilderness. ...

  • Heartbreak Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Travel on easy forest roads to remote canyons in search of rockcrawling challenges. Not a scenic trail. Many old mines in the area. Some roads allow green-sticker vehicles, others do not. ATVs ...
    •  Difficult
    •  3 to 4 hours plus travel time
    •  16.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Travel on easy forest roads to remote canyons in search of rockcrawling challenges. Not a scenic trail. Many old mines in ...

  • Gold Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Zigzag uphill to the top of 8,235-foot Gold Mountain with improving views at every turn. The route passes through historic gold mining country. No Green Sticker vehicles are allowed. Forest Adventure ...
    •  Difficult
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Zigzag uphill to the top of 8,235-foot Gold Mountain with improving views at every turn. The route passes through historic ...

  • Arctic Canyon Overlook

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Here is a challenging ride for experienced cyclists. This 19.5-mile loop includes demanding climbs and steep, technical descents. Approximately 15 miles of the trip is on unpaved, two-wheel-drive ...
    •  19.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Here is a challenging ride for experienced cyclists. This 19.5-mile loop includes demanding climbs and steep, technical ...

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This is the highest peak outside the wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest. You do not need a wilderness permit, but you will be afforded all the views of the San Gorgonio area you ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the highest peak outside the wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest. You do not need a wilderness permit, ...

  • Sugarloaf Mountain From Green Canyon

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Sugarloaf Mountain—as the name implies—is a massive rounded lump on the main divide between the Big Bear country and the canyon of the Santa Ana River. From its 9,952-foot forested summit, ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Sugarloaf Mountain—as the name implies—is a massive rounded lump on the main divide between the Big Bear country and the ...

  • Gold Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This route is a rough cross-country approach from Doble Mine. You can expect close encounters with mountain mahogany as you pick a path around brush and downed timber. If you prefer to avoid ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This route is a rough cross-country approach from Doble Mine. You can expect close encounters with mountain mahogany as ...

  • Santa Ana River Trail

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    This is the longest singletrack in the forest and it's one of my favorites. You have the option of doing this ride as an out-and-back trip or as four different loops. In fact, since every option ...
    •  24.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the longest singletrack in the forest and it's one of my favorites. You have the option of doing this ride as an ...

  • Champion Lodgepole / Bluff Mesa

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    On this trip, you see what is believed to be the largest lodgepole pine standing guard over a serene mountain meadow. The route is hilly, remote and heavily forested in spots. It courses past ...
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    On this trip, you see what is believed to be the largest lodgepole pine standing guard over a serene mountain meadow. The ...

  • Skyline Drive via Sky Chair

    0 Reviews

    Big Bear City, CA

    Skyline Drive is an ideal ride for the beginning mountain bike rider who wants a few thrills, a fairly short ride, a little climbing, a lot of downhill and a fabulous mountain views high in the ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Skyline Drive is an ideal ride for the beginning mountain bike rider who wants a few thrills, a fairly short ride, a little ...