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5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake

02.23.17

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  • Sunset view looking west toward the San Gabriel Mountains from the Rim of the World Highway.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View west along the Rim of the World Highway toward the Inland Empire at night.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Sunrise on the Rim of the World Highway.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View south from the Rim of the World Highway down East Fork City Creek with Harrison Mountain (4,743 ft) at left and McKinley Mountain (3,795 ft) at right.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Pine Knot Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Pine Knot Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Pine Knot Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Sledding in Aspen Glen Picnic Area.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View southwest from Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View of Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower from the entry gate.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View east to San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) from Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower at the summit of Morton Peak (4,624 ft).- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View east toward San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) and Mill Creek Valley from Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Interior of the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Aztec Falls swimming hole above the falls.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Aztec Falls swimming hole.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Aztec Falls swimming hole.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Deep Creek Hot Springs.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Deep Creek Hot Springs.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View of the pools adjacent to Deep Creek Hot Springs.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Swim Beach on the southwestern shore of Lake Gregory Regional Park.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Splash pad at Lake Gregory Regional Park.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Lake Gregory Regional Park.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View of Lake Arrowhead's Village Bay.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Lake Arrowhead Village promenade. Note the orange fence on the beach prohibiting swimming.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • Arrowhead Lake.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
  • View of Lake Arrowhead above the Arrowhead Lake Association.- 5 Reasons to Explore Arrowhead Lake
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A weekend getaway that’s a favorite among locals in the San Bernardino area in winter and summer alike, Lake Arrowhead offers access to open waters and forest hideaways. The lake is private, and those willing to pay the access fee will be able to use the lake’s waters—a worthwhile price to pay for those who seek calmer waters in the height of summer. In the winter, snows transform the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains into a winter playground, and with several ski resorts in the area and countless trails to snowshoe, the area of Arrowhead Lake is sure to allure winter adventurers looking for a weekend escape. Book a stay with one of the lakeside resorts or cozy up in one of the nearby cabins, and be sure to check out one of these reasons to visit the beautiful Arrowhead Lake.

  1. Drive the scenic Rim of the World Highway: Just getting to Arrowhead Lake is an adventure of its own. The route to Arrowhead Lake along Highway 18 traverses the San Bernardino Mountains, offering a peaceful and scenic drive in the pine forests and mountain passes. Each twist and turn of the highway brings new and broad vistas of San Bernardino and the rest of the Inland Empire as the route dives ever deeper into the mountains and the outdoor adventures therein. The drive itself is part of the thrill—an escape from the everyday.
  2. Winter play: Arrowhead Lake is close to several ski resorts that offer skiing and snowboarding, including Snow Valley, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain, and Rim Nordic, most offering terrain for every type and skill level of skier. Snowshoers will find the trails of the San Bernardinos snowed over and ready for the hiking, including the Pine Knot Trail, a 7-mile trail with the option for backcountry exploration for those who have the navigation skills. And be sure to stop off at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area while you’re on your way out for some sledding at the end of the day.
  3. Go explore fire lookouts: Many of the fire lookouts in the San Bernardino Mountains close for the duration of the winter, with the exception of the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower, which sits at a lower elevation than others in the network. And while the lookouts aren’t generally available for reservation, they are an interesting look into the way that California’s wild land administrators protect Southern California from the wildfires that plague the region at the end of every summer. Check out Strawberry Peak Lookout Tower or the Keller Peak Fire Lookout Tower.
  4. Hike along Deep Creek: Hikes along Deep Creek are scenic, and offer hikers the opportunity to dip into waters of varying degrees. Deep Creek Hot Springs offers three pools for hot-water soaking in the shade of cottonwoods, while Aztec Falls Swimming Hole offers a 40-foot cliff to dive from.
  5. Plan a visit to Lake Gregory Regional Park: For those looking for a bit of a thrill to accompany their float, head to Lake Gregory Regional Park. Its large waterpark offers diving platforms, nozzles, slides, and paddle boats to enjoy during the hot summer months. Similarly, those looking to strike out onto the lake’s waters without having to pay a fee will find stand-up paddleboards and motorboats for rent.
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