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Pineknot Campground

Big Bear Lake

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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  • Typical campsite at Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
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  • Typical campsite at Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
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  • Vault toilet facilities at Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
  • Typical campsite at Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
  • Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
  • Typical campsite at Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
  • Vault toilet facilities at Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
  • Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
  • Snow Summit Ski Resort adjacent to Pineknot Campground.- Pineknot Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Proximity to Big Bear Lake and Snow Summit Ski/Mountain. Bike Resort.
Cons: 
Little privacy between sites. Many sites have sloped grade.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Managed by: 
Mountaintop Recreation/San Bernardino National Forest
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Pineknot is the most convenient Forest Service campground to the town of Big Bear, and it is located right at the base of Snow Summit Ski Resort. From your campsite you can bike into town to check out shops, restaurants, and the lake. Simply walk or ride up the hill into the resort for hiking, mountain biking, or the scenic sky chair.

The proximity comes at a price in popularity. You should reserve a site in advance because none are set aside as first-come, first-served campsites. There are 47 sites situated rather tightly, but each has ample room for two vehicles a few tents. Each site has a picnic table, a fire ring, and a grill. Drinking water, trash cans, and toilets are nearby.

​Note: Pineknot Campground is typically open from the end of April through the end of October. Call 877.444.6777 for specific seasonal dates.

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