Taking a trek into the open country via snowshoes or cross-country skis is one of the best ways to enjoy the true bliss of Big Bear Lake's picturesque winter scenery. This is a great way to escape the crowds and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the natural winter wonderland. Picnic lunches go hand-in-hand with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, which helps enhance the outdoor adventure. Snowshoes and cross-country, steel edged skis can be rented at various sporting goods stores throughout Big Bear. There are a vast amount of trailheads throughout the Big Bear valley.
Best Snowshoe Experiences
There’s not much better than enjoying a quiet snowshoe under a full moon so bright that you don’t need a headlamp. Shadows against the stark white snow and moonbeams to light your way. Be a friend of Open Air Big Bear on Facebook to find dates and details.
Pine Knot Trail
Pine Knot Trail is an easy to moderate snowshoe trail with easy parking and trail access. Park at Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Follow the signs to the trailhead. This trail, also known as 1E01 can take you all the way to Grand View point, a round trip of 6 miles. The best part of the Pine Knot Trail is that you can turn around at any point and return quickly to your car.
Towne Trail has easy access from just behind the condos at Snow Summit. Park at Snow Summit, walk to the trailhead where you can put on your snowshoes. Towne Trail is less than 3 miles round trip and is fairly flat though there are some short ups and downs. There are some fantastic views of the lake along the trail so don’t go too fast to stop and enjoy.
Grandview Point begins where Pine Knot / 1E01 ends. The 2 mile round trip trail takes you to a view point that is nearly unmatched. From Grand View Point you can see San Gorgonio (Southern California’s highest peak) the Santa Ana River Valley, Sugarloaf Peak, Butler Peak and on a clear day we’ve even seen Catalina.
Resources for Snowshoeing in Big Bear
Snowshoe the Bear
Snowshoe Races and Festival, Demos, Live Music, Kids Activities
The Discovery Center
Snowshoe Tours, Maps and Information
Sky High Training, Inc
High altitude training center for athletes
Mountaintop Hiking Club
Group Snowshoe Hikes
Big Bear Trails Foundation
Forest Advocate, Group Activities
Snowshoe Gear and Rentals in Big Bear
North Shore Trading Company
Snowshoe Sales, Clothing and Gear
Bear Valley Bikes
Goldsmiths Board House
Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Rentals and Sales, Accessories, Trail Head Maps, Current Trail Conditions.
TC Ride Shop
Snowshoe Rentals and Gear