Big Bear Lake
Trinity Center, CA
Big Bear Lake
To capture the essence of the Trinity Alps in half the time and effort of the previous route, take this scenic hike. A northeast neighbor of the Trinity Alps core, Big Bear Lake is arguably the prettiest of its outer lakes. A possible tradeoff is that there is only one good campsite at the lake—if it’s occupied, you’ll have to come up with a plan B for camping. Bear Creek is at its prettiest over the first mile, and the trail shows off several small falls, cascades, rapids, and clear swimming pools where fishermen may linger. Landscape variety is another strong point of this hike. You pass through dry oak woods, in and out of forests, across mini-meadows and seeps, and finally over glacier-polished rock slabs. The views farther up are photogenic. Snow usually graces the final 1000 feet of the moderate climb during winter, which makes snowshoers happy. In mid-autumn, the black oaks and the occasional dogwoods offer trailside color.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Trinity Center|
|Elevation Gain||2,800 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate to strenuous|
|Season||Year-round; best during fall and winter|
|Top Elevation||5,800 ft|
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