Where to Hike in Big Bear Lake, California

Where to hike in big bear lake

Hiking in Big Bear Lake with a Baby in November

The Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail is an easy hike for beginners and is located on the south side of Big Bear Lake. On this trail, you’ll find one of the largest Lodgepole Pine trees in the world. An exciting walk through the forest that leads to a wide meadow called Bluff Meadows is where you’ll find the Ancient Tree of Big Bear Lake. 

Our little one was as excited as we were for this hike. He even gave us a full smile, and that picture now hangs in our living room, marking our first family hike together. Let's go!


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Travel Tips

If you're still looking for plane tickets check out Skyscanner, it's a great platform that our family used to compare flight tickets and we always get the best deals there.

If you're renting a car, Enterprise is a reliable car rental service that we have personally used without any issues. Consider renting a car for the whole duration of your trip as it may be more affordable than just renting for a short period. 



Places To Stay around Big Bear Lake


Our family trusts booking.com when it comes to hotels with great deals. Try to find accommodation near Big Bear as that will save you time traveling and make the most of your vacation days.



Where to Hike in Big Bear Lake with a Baby

Where to Stay in Big Bear Lake

My husband and I usually travel during off-peak season to avoid the crowd, cheaper hotel rates, and, best of all, parking. I'd never experienced such huge parking problems until I arrived in California. The most advisable and best time to visit Big Bear Lake is the Spring and Fall season unless you want some challenges with lines and parking. Meanwhile, the craziest and busiest months in Big Bear Lake are July, August, and September. 

Location: 40472 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
3 days 2 nights: 360 USD

We chose Big Bear Frontier for the location and the wonderful amenities. It was conveniently located near everything: hiking trails, restaurants, shops, and more. The privacy they provided for each guest also added a great highlight for our stay as we traveled with our 6-month-old baby.

 
How to get there: Champion Lodgepole Trail
Big Bear Frontier to Champion Lodgepole Trail: 30 mins drive

Beware: You must use a 4-wheel drive going up the mountain. Driving up the mountain was not a joke. Expect rocky roads and a very wild, bumpy ride.

Location: Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail (1W11)
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Street Parking
Route: Champion Lodgepole Trail 1W11 - USDA Forest Service

Distance: 1 mile (out and back)
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Elevation: 7,500 feet
Highlights: Largest Lodgepole Pine trees in the world.


Best time to visit bear bear lake
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Where to Hike in Big Bear Lake
This is where it begins. 


Where to Hike in Big Bear Lake
The beginning of the trails looks interesting as there’s a small bridge over a dried riverbed. We went during Fall so the river is dry. 


Where to Hike in Big Bear Lake
It’s a great hike for beginners. 


Where to hike in big bear lake with a baby
Look around you'll find some interesting rock formations.


Where to hike in big bear lake with a baby
There’s also not much elevation.


where to hike in big bear lake with a baby
I love it when there are two gigantic trees in between me, I feel like I’m being welcomed into a different world.


where to hike in big bear lake with a baby
I try to take pictures to mark where we were and to avoid getting lost. This trail is far from civilization and taking the wrong path is not an option, especially since we have a baby. 


where to hike in big bear lake
Random bark of a tree. Don't forget to look around and enjoy the wonders of nature.


where to hike in big bear lake with a baby
It’s nice to see trail signs along the way, at least we know we’re in the right direction.


where to hike in big bear lake with a baby
This is it! The Largest Lodgepole Pine Trees in the world. 


where to hike in big bear lake
Leave no trash behind. Just wonderful memories.


where to hike in big bear lake
The pictures we have does not give justice to the enormous size of this pine tree. 


where to hike in big bear lake
Find someone who shares the same passion and love for nature. I was blessed to find my one and now I have another one, I can't wait to do more adventures with our little man.


Heading back now...

where to hike in big bear lake
My husband and I took turns holding our baby. He’s not heavy but as we get further to the end of the trail he felt heavier. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to introduce our little one to the hiking world. 


where to hike in big bear lake
We followed the same path going back to the street parking. 


where to hike in big bear lake
Hiking with a baby is not a joke. It’s tiring but fun. I got to see my baby’s fascination with nature, even thou he slept when we got to the end of the trail and headed back to the car, ahahaa. 


Safe travels. 


Big Bear Lake with an Infant
This is definitely a feasible hike in  Big Bear Lake with an Infant. Our kiddo loved everything he saw and he slept like a baby on our way back to the cabin.



Have fun and be safe ^__^


Do you want more adventure?
Why not do something extraordinary like Hang Gliding in Los Angeles, California.

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