Alpine Pedal Path

Big Bear Lake, California

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Yes, it’s paved and flat, but loved by young and not-so-young canines for its forest setting and multiple opportunities to set paws on the sandy beach and in the cool waters of Big Bear Lake. Dog owners happily tag along to enjoy the surrounding mountain and lake vistas. Long before Big Bear Lake was developed into the year-round “tourist central” mountain community it is now, Serrano Indians (people of the mountains) and grizzly bears roamed the lush meadows of Yahaviat (Pine Place). A small lake referred to as Lower Bear Lake sat in the valley, which nearby ranchers called Big Bear Valley. In 1884 a narrow gorge at the west end of Big Bear Valley became the site of a rock dam that created Big Bear Lake, a 5-mile- long reservoir hailed as the “largest man-made lake in the world.”
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

Yes, it’s paved and flat, but loved by young and not-so-young canines for its forest setting and multiple opportunities to set paws on the sandy beach and in the cool waters of Big Bear Lake. Dog owners happily tag along to enjoy the surrounding mountain and lake vistas.

Long before Big Bear Lake was developed into the year-round “tourist central” mountain community it is now, Serrano Indians (people of the mountains) and grizzly bears roamed the lush meadows of Yahaviat (Pine Place). A small lake referred
to as Lower Bear Lake sat in the valley, which nearby ranchers called Big Bear Valley. In 1884 a narrow gorge at the west end of Big Bear Valley became the site of a rock dam that created Big Bear Lake, a 5-mile- long reservoir hailed as the “largest
man-made lake in the world.”

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Bear Lake
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 6,776 feet
Top Elevation: 6,822 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mountaintop Ranger District Big Bear Discovery Center, P.O. Box 69, 40971 N. Shore Dr./Hwy. 38, Fawnskin 92333; (909) 382-2790. San Bernardino fs.usda.gov/sbnf
Local Maps: USGS Fawnskin; San Bernardino National Forest; Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation map
Driving Directions: Directions to Alpine Pedal Path

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Apr 2018