Put yourself in the midst of snow-covered nature with a tranquil snowshoe trek in Big Bear Lake. Pack a picnic lunch (think hearty sandwiches and hot chocolate in a thermos) and trek on snowshoes over Big Bear’s network of beautiful trails—the easy Town Trail at the Snow Summit Ski Resort at Big Bear is a local favorite. (Try Goldsmith’s Ski and Board Rentals, Potter’s Mountain Sports or Blauer Rentals for gear rentals, maps, and trail recommendations.)
Other local spots include Rim Nordic, which has groomed trails for both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well as rental equipment. From Lake Arrowhead, east toward Fawnskin, on the banks of Big Bear Lake, Blue Diamonds mark routes that are part of the Forest Service road system. This means they are closed to vehicles during the winter season, and thus make for a great snowshoe experience if you prefer wider paths free of underbrush and trees. The San Gorgonio Wilderness lends itself well to snowshoe trekking, and for ease of access, it’s hard to beat the well-marked trails on the north side of Highway 38. The staff at the Big Bear Discovery Center will be able to offer additional tips on places to go; while there, check out the exhibits, weekly programs offered, and calendar of events held at their outdoor amphitheater.
If you’re new to the sport or you would just like to explore with an experienced guide, consider joining a trek with Action Tours Big Bear. Three-hour snowshoeing tours, best for ages 10 and older, are customized to match your interests and abilities. All gear is provided.
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