Big Bear Lake, located in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, offers a range of exciting activities to enjoy during the summertime. Just about everything from underwater to the sky. Whichever experiences you are looking for, Big Bear *always* serves up a great adventure.
Big Bear Lake is perfect for various water sports. It’s still warm, and you can cool off with a refreshing float at one of the sandy beaches near the dam.
Go kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, or rent a pontoon boat to explore the lake’s crystal-clear waters. Or just dive in baby!
Camping and Picnicking
Big Bear Lake has several campgrounds and picnic areas where you can immerse yourself in nature. Pitch camp, enjoy a picnic by the lake, simply relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Look around, crack open a beer and a book, and chill. Cheers! Do this in combination with any of the following and you’re in for a sublime time.
Find the best alpine trails as you climb to the summit and overlook the San Bernardino National Forest. Explore scenic trails like Castle Rock Trail, Pine Knot Trail, or the Cougar Crest Trail, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lake.
The full guide to planning your best hike possible, at every level, can be found here.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Big Bear Lake offers numerous trails that cater to hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels.
Didn’t bring your own bike? No prob. Accessible rentals are available at posts within the lake grounds. Step by step guides provided here.
Scenic Chairlift Rides
Take a scenic chairlift ride at the Snow Summit Ski Resort to enjoy 360 degree, panoramic views of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains. You can also bring your mountain bike and ride the chairlift up for some insane downhill biking (if you’re experienced at it, please don’t hurt yourself!!!)
I have always wanted to do this. Experience the thrill of ziplining through the mountainous landscape of Big Bear. Fly through the trees, feeling the rush as you enjoy spectacular views of the forest and lake below. Daunting and exhilarating.
Big Bear is known for its 4×4 terrain game. If you’re an off-road enthusiast, explore the rugged terrain surrounding Big Bear Lake with off-roading adventures. Rent an ATV or a UTV to traverse the forested trails and enjoy an adrenaline-filled experience.
Full guide to rentals, trails, and levels here.