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3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California

09.15.17

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3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California

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  • The newer Doble Mine 40 stamp mill, built in 1900.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Quarry and tailings at Doble Mine.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Alpine pedal path at Juniper Point Day Use Picnic Area.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Juniper Point Day Use Picnic Area.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) along the Woodland Interpretive Trail.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Woodland Interpretive Trail.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Swim beach and picnic area at East Public Boat Launch on Big Bear Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Swim beach at East Public Boat Launch on Big Bear Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Buttercup Group Camp.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Typical campsite at Pineknot Campground.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Deer Group Camp.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Playground at Meadow Park, Big Bear Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Ski Beach Park at Meadow Park on the south shore of Big Bear Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Big Bear Marina.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Big Bear Marina.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Serrano Campground.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • First view of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) on the Cougar Crest Trail.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Big Bear Lake from the summit of Bertha Peak.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • The town of Big Bear Lake from Bertha Peak's summit.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Cougar Crest Trail intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Shoreline of Big Bear Lake from Meadows Edge Picnic Area.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Meadows Edge Picnic Area.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • View of the disc golf course at Captain John's Fawn Harbor and Marina.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Ad hoc picnic area at Captain John's Fawn Harbor and Marina.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Big Bear Lake shoreline at West Public Boat Launch.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Big Bear Lake West Shore Beach.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Big Bear Lake West Shore Beach.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • View east to residences along Big Bear Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Castle Rock.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • The Castle Rock Trailhead.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Boulder Group Camp.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • View of Castle Rock and Big Bear Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • View of Castle Rock.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Granite boulders along the rim at Bluff Mesa Group Camp.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Paintbrush (Castilleja) along the Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Early morning light along Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Trail near the Champion Lodgepole Pine.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • View of the Champion Lodgpole Pine from the Siberia Creek Meadow.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
  • Rock formations between the Champion Lodgepole Pine and Bluff Lake.- 3-day Itinerary for Big Bear Lake, California
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Located about 100 miles from the heart of L.A., Big Bear Lake is a year-round tourist destination that offers something for everyone. It is located in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles and is 6,752 feet above sea level.

The resort community is located along Big Bear Lake, an alpine lake that is popular among paddlers, swimmers and fishermen and women. The lake is surrounded by trails that take you high into the San Bernardino peaks or along the water’s edge. The trails vary in difficulty, making this an ideal destination for a group with varying interests and ability levels.

The town is home to about 5,000 people, but with it’s close proximity to L.A. and it’s excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, the number of people in the area swells to about 100,000 on busy weekends and holidays.

Given the overcrowded nature of this place, it’s best to visit mid-week or in the shoulder season if possible. That makes the months leading into fall an ideal time to explore this region. A long weekend or 3-day holiday in the area makes for plenty of time to go for a paddle, stretch your legs on a hike, and have a few picnics on the water. While the area does see quite a bit of snow in the winter, you can camp out at one of the many camping areas late into the fall if you can brave the chilly temperatures.

Here’s a range of camping options and activities to customize an itinerary that works perfect for your group's specific interests.

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Paddling and Swimming

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