The mountain scenery surrounding Big Bear CA inspires the outdoor life. The hills around the Lake are covered with hiking trails. Hiking during this season (June) is picturesque, with flowers blossoming all around.
A great place for a gentle hike or bike, suitable for all ages and abilities, is the Alpine Pedal Path. This trail hugs the North Shore, extending three and a half miles from the Solar Observatory to Stanfield Cutoff, across from North Shore Elementary School. This hiking and biking path is paved and graded with gentle slopes, passing through forest trees and grassy meadows.
You can park at the Big Bear Lake Discovery Center on Hwy 38, set up your base camp and head out from there. Enjoy mountain streams emptying into Big Bear Lake and scenic views of Snow Summit and the San Gorgonio Mountain Range.
The lake supports an abundance of wild birds including pelicans, ducks, seagulls, hawks and occasional high-flying bald eagles. Remember to bring your camera! Big Bear Lake has more than 300 days of sunny skies. There’s always something photo-worthy to frame, with blue skies by the lake. The best time for rich colors is either at sunrise or sunset.
As you near the end of the Pedal Path, you’ll pass by Juniper Point, a great place to park and picnic or fish. Use the picnic tables and enjoy the view.
Further east is the Carol Morrison Public Boat Ramp. The boat ramp is open for launching boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet-skis. Fishermen take advantage of the docks and set up for the day, hauling in well fed trout and bass. Day visitors park here and enjoy a lunch and a swim.
Hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains is a breath of fresh air. Hiking trails beckon all around the Big Bear Valley. Some trails are easy for families with children, and some challenge even the best of us. Be prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen. Remember, our altitude is 7,000 feet!