5 Best End of Summer Activities in Big Bear

Bobby Dyer

5 Best End of Summer Activities in Big Bear

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With the leaves changing colors, the summer heat dying down and families back into the swing of school, Big Bear Lake in the early fall offers an enchanting adventure getaway. Staying in the mid 60s through part of November, travelers still get to enjoy the majority of the summer favorites, just without the crowds. That combined with several annual Big Bear Events makes the late summer months an ideal time to visit Big Bear.

Here are some of our favorite late summer Big Bear Activities:


Taking place over 7 weekends throughout September and October, this  #1 ranked Oktoberfest in Southern California treats festival goers to live music, German food, games, competitions and dance floors. Did we mention the stein carrying contest and log sawing competition? You can’t get a better festival than that.

Attracting thousands of visitors each year and serving up fine food, drink and memories, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest won’t disappoint! The 2014 dates are from September 13th through October 25th.


Soar through the trees, over canyons and lakes with Big Bear’s adventure ziplining tours. Suspended high above the forest floor, zipping through the wilderness, this unique and memorable experience will give you the sensation of soaring like a bird. All you have to bring is your sense of adventure as the highly trained guides send you on the experience of a lifetime.

Big Bear has two great options, including Action Zipline Tours just four miles from the ITH Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge.

Kayaking, Canoeing & Boating

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No matter the season, the views from the lake always impress. Whether you prefer a kayak or canoe, non-motorized watercrafts give travelers the unique opportunity to explore the lake, finding hidden coves and traveling to secluded areas. For the more adventurous, you can take the lake by storm with water skiing or tubing with a powerboat.

With the warm temperatures until late October, water sport enthusiasts can still enjoy jumping into the water after a trek across the lake.


big bear lake hiking

No matter if you are looking for a scenic beginner trail or a rugged route to challenge your skills, Big Bear has it all. With over a dozen trails to choose from, ranging from short jaunts to 15+ mile treks, hikers can count on magnificent scenery and the serenity of the mountain air.

Pine Knot Trail, a great middle of the road hike, is one of the favorites closest to our Adventure Lodge. Six miles round trip, most hikers complete the trip in 3 hours.

Mountain Biking

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With over one hundred miles of trails and forest service roads, Big Bear offers bikers of all experience levels adventures coupled with scenic views. The expansive network of trails gives bikers the option to choose from short wandering lakeside trails to arduous 26-mile expeditions.

Make it the Ultimate Adventure

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Not sure what activities you are up for? Leave the planning to us! We host weekly events at our Adventure Lodge, ranging from hiking, yoga, boating or guided meditation. As adventurers ourselves, we can also give you the suggestions to the best activities in the area for your desired experience.

No trip is the same without adventurous cohorts to join in the festivities! That’s why International Travelers House developed a community atmosphere, connecting travelers to both the best activities in the area and like-minded travelers to share in the adventure.

After a day out exploring the breathtaking mountains, join up with your fellow travelers to relax as we cook complimentary dinners and hot breakfasts. Food just tastes better in the mountain air!

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Cofounder of ITH Hostels. I love traveling, hosting, gardening, golfing, fishing, and sailing.