A lakefront village surrounded by mountains and tall pines is the perfect spot for a getaway, any time of year. Add in the fact that it becomes a winter wonderland and snow sport mecca in the winter months, and a water sports enthusiast’s favorite summer spot, and you’ve got Big Bear. Being at a lake surrounded by mountains and pines means you’ll have plenty of opportunities for “Instagram-worthy” pictures of some of the best views in Big Bear.
Year-round, the Snow Summit Sky Chair offers breathtaking views to its riders. Whether you’re bundled up and ready to ski down or heading up to hike the trails atop the mountain, you’ll take in – and maybe capture with your camera – stunning views in addition to the ones you’ll get at the top! At Bear Mountain, hop on Chair 9 and head to the top. Get a picture with the most popular bear statue in town with the scenic San Gorgonio Mountains behind you.
Boulder Bay Park
The locals have dubbed it the best overall spot for the best Big Bear mountian views. That also means a great view of the mountains and rock formations surrounding the lake. The free park not only has fabulous views, but it’s also a great spot for nature watching, fishing, and watching the sunset over the lake. Pack a picnic and enjoy it at a picnic table. There are also public restrooms available.
Castle Rock Trail
Located in Boulder Bay Park, of course it has a stunning view! The moderate, 1.5-mile trail boasts a breathtaking view of the mountains, trees, as well as Big Bear Lake below. Leash your pup and to take the hike along with you, or bike the route that is open year-round, weather permitting.
Cougar Crest Trail
You’ll have to work a little harder on this trail, meant for hikers with intermediate to advanced skills, but the payoff is worth the climb. The 2.5-mile trail is workout that results in amazing views. Catch your breath, only to have it taken away by the gorgeous mountaintop scenery. You’ll ease into the climb, as the first mile is a gentle uphill slope that increases in difficulty through the rest of the hike. If you keep going, you’ll continue on the famed Pacific Crest Trail, which boasts wide-open spaces and unforgettable views of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains.
Pine Knot Trail
The moderately-challenging 6.9-mile out-and-back trail attracts hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers looking for beautiful mountain views. If you keep a steady pace, stop around the two-hour mark and admire the beautiful views of the mountains that you’ll no doubt want to make sure are posted to social media. You can even bring your pup along with you for some exercise. You’ll need an Adventure Pass, available for $5 at the Visitor Center.
When it comes to great Big Bear mountain views, the lands of Snow Summit can’t seem to be beat. Whether it’s on the way up on the Snow Summit Sky Chair, or once you’re atop the mountain, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a view that’s not spectacular. Once you’re at the top, snap a pic overlooking the lake. Winter or summer, it’s a beautiful backdrop. Grab a seat on Chair 2 of Snow Summit, where you’ll not only get a beautiful view, but delicious food and drink as well. The mountaintop Hog on the Rocks or Skyline Taphouse each include a full bar and warm and delicious eats to make your trip up and down the mountain worth it.
Big Bear Lake
Who says you have to be on a mountain to get the best views in Big Bear? Take a vessel out on the water of Big Bear Lake and pause for a moment to take in the stunning views all around you. If you don’t want to captain your own, take a relaxing ride on the Big Bear Queen, an old-fashioned paddle boat that takes you on a 90-minute narrated tour of the area. Other companies offer sunset cruises, too.
Experience Big Bear’s Best Mountain Views
A trip to Big Bear means a lot of time spent outdoors. Whether you’re out enjoying water sports on the lake, or hiking the surrounding mountains, you’ll find killer views everywhere. Another place for mountain views may be your own “back yard” of your vacation rental provided by Big Bear Vacations. Choose a lakefront cabin for a beautiful view of the lake and mountains or live among the trees in a more secluded rental. No matter which one you choose, you’ll have access to the unit’s fully equipped kitchen for all your meals. Gather together with loved ones on the couch and watch your favorite movie or TV show. Choose a cozy one-bedroom for your small family, or up to a sprawling five-bedroom for a large family or group reunion. Our premium units include upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more!
Contact us today to book and take the first step toward planning your Big Bear vacation!