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Grand View Point Hike

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

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  • Trailhead at Aspen Glen Picnic Area.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Trailhead at Aspen Glen Picnic Area.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Pine Knot Trail en route to Grand Viewpoint.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Towering ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) over the Pine Knot Trail.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Deer Group Camp is along the way.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Fields of false hellebore (Veratrum viride) and ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa).- Grand View Point Hike
  • Fields of false hellebore (Veratrum viride) and ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa).- Grand View Point Hike
  • Bigberry manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca) along the Pine Knot Trail.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Fields of false hellebore (Veratrum viride) and ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa).- Grand View Point Hike
  • Pine Knot Trail en route to Grand Viewpoint.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Pine Knot Trail after crossing the Skyline Trail en route to Grand Viewpoint.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Unidentified penstemon species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Grand View Point Hike
  • Pine Knot Trail en route to Grand Viewpoint.- Grand View Point Hike
  • View southeast to San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) and San Gorgonio Mountain (11,502 ft) from Grand View Point.- Grand View Point Hike
  • View southeast to San Gorgonio Mountain (11,502 ft) from Grand View Point.- Grand View Point Hike
  • View west toward Clarks Summit from Grand View Point.- Grand View Point Hike
  • Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) at Grand View Point.- Grand View Point Hike
  • View east from Grand View Point to Sugarloaf Mountain (9,952 ft).- Grand View Point Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Gradual incline. Well shaded.
Cons: 
Limited views except for final destination. Crosses motorized roads.
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Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
915.00 ft (278.89 m)
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
12.20 mi (19.63 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,870.00 ft (2,093.98 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Grand View is an aptly named overlook on the high country rim that offers a commanding vantage over the Santa Ana and San Bernardino valleys. Though there are ways to get closer by road, the hike from Aspen Picnic area via Pine Knot Trail is a pleasant hike that is worth the trek all on its own. It meanders southward from Big Bear, sharing segments with unpaved forest roads here and there and passing through Deer Group Campground.

Along the way you will explore ponderosa groves, mixed conifer glades, wildflower meadows, and manzanita gardens. You will also get views of Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountains. The last section of the hike parallels the rim and grants glimpses of open skies and distant peaks, but these are really only teasers before the view really opens up at the final destination.

Soon you will see the reason for the name, as the valley spills away below and the treeless summit of San Gorgonio Mountain towers beyond. Take time to enjoy the panorama before retracing your path. This is a fairly long out and back, but it makes a great way to spend a day with family or friends in San Bernardino National Forest.

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