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Summer Vacation Ideas

On The Lake

Big Bear Lake provides excellent fishing, sailing, pleasure and speedboating, jet boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, canoeing and kayaking. Because of all the activity on the lake, as well as underwater dangers near the shorelines, there is little room for swimming. The lake is patrolled by the City of Big Bear Lake's law enforcement. Lakeside residents have private docks, while the general public can obtain mooring in several of the marinas found on both shores. There are numerous private boat rental marinas and two public boat-launch ramps. The local marinas provide a variety of sport and pleasure boats, and there's also parasailing available.

Biking and Hiking

The Big Bear Valley offers a variety of mountain biking trails for cross-country mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels. The beginning rider will find the Bristlecone Trail east of the base area and Towne Trail to the west to be a good introduction to mountain biking. Slightly more challenging, and perfect for the intermediate riders, is the area from the top of the Scenic Sky Chair, including Skyline Drive, which offers great views of the lake from the top of the ridge. The most popular and thrilling ride in the Big Bear Valley starts with a climb to Grandview Point and then on to Towne Trail and back to Snow Summit. It is a nine-mile ride. For those looking for a slightly longer ride, Skyline Drive to the Champion Lodgepole Pine, and back to the resort, offers a 16-mile round trip.

During the summer months, Snow Summit turns one of its two high-speed quads, the East Mountain Express, into the Scenic Sky Chair. Visitors of all ages can hop on the Scenic Sky Chair for breathtaking view of Big Bear Lake and the encircling area. The ride from the base elevation of 7,000 feet to a summit elevation of 8,200 feet takes about 15 minutes. The ride down can also be turned into a short hike on one of the many trails the mountain has to offer. For a slightly longer hike take the trail behind the View Haus, down to Skyline Drive, and take in the amazing views of Santa Ana River Valley and San Gorgonio Mountain.

During the spring and early summer months several types of wildflowers are generally in full bloom bordering the mountain trails and roads all across the Valley. Birdwatchers will be amazed by the variety of birds that populate the Snow Summit during the summer months.


Golfers will find golfing at 7,000 feet enjoyable and rewarding. Bear Mountain Golf Course is located at the base of the resort in the Moonridge meadow area. It is a 300-yard, nine-hole, mountain-style course, that is suitable for all levels. It also has a restaurant, club rentals, and a pro-shop.


The lake is a great place to go camping. There are several campgrounds located anywhere from next to the lake to more remote spots in the mountains. The U.S. Forest Service maintains the campgrounds in the National Forest and RV camping is also available in the Valley.