Your trip to the San Bernardino Mountains wouldn’t be complete without hitting the top instagrammable spots! After you’ve settled into your cabin, put on your hiking shoes, grab your phone, and check out these 15 perfect locations to snap an Instagram. Make sure to include #getlostinn on your post!
You can find all the locations here on our interactive map.
#15 Boulder Bay – Head over to Boulder Bay for a lovely spot to have a picnic and take a photo. It offers picturesque views of scattered boulders across the shoreline of Big Bear Lake and vibrant green trees.
#14 Pine Knot Trail – Up for a 6.9-mile trek? As outlined from AllTrails, this out-and-back trail takes about 3 hours, and the views will leave you breathless the entire way – the hills may leave you breathless at times, too. Leashed dogs are welcomed, so bring your pup along for the journey. The best months to hit the Pine Knot Trail are between March and November.
#13 Little Green Valley – Here, you’ll find a gorgeous, high-altitude meadow where you can have an Instagram photo shoot with a stunning backdrop. Little Green Valley is a must-see destination that you can access from the water tanks at the campground or Rim Nordic trail (see below).
#12 Rim Nordic Track Mountain Biking Course – Who said Instagram posts have to be boring? Grab your GoPro, hop on your bike, and take some epic shots bombing the adrenalin-filled mountain biking trails. You’ll have to pay an affordable entrance fee during the summer months. Parking is just across from Snow Valley Snow Resort on HWY 18
#11 Lake Arrowhead Village – Take a stroll through the village to soak up the charming atmosphere. In the summer, your kids will love playing at the park, and you can enjoy non-stop concerts. Here there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy backdrops.
#10 Sky Park Santa’s Village – When you’re in the San Bernardino Mountains, visiting Santa’s Village is a must-do activity. Pose next to snow-covered cabins, giant candy canes, trains, and even Santa himself! It’s a fun way to spend the day, and you’ll leave with a camera full of great memories. Don’t miss out on your chance to go ice-skating and rock climbing!
#9 Snow Valley Ski Resort, Ski Run – At the top of lifts 1 and 3, head over to the EDGE of Snow Peak, where you can take a selfie with an incredible view of Big Bear Lake in the background. On a sunny day, this spot will leave you speechless.
#8 Your Cabin Rental – Where should you take a photo next? Oh! At your picturesque cabin rental, duh! The #GetLostInn cabins make for some great photo opportunities. Make sure to have your camera on hand while you’re chilling on the deck, grilling up some dogs, or relaxing by the fireplace.
#7 Stanfield Marsh Trail – If you’re looking for a great spot to capture a beautiful sunrise, the boardwalk along the Stanfield Marsh Preserve is a no-brainer. The walk is only about 30 minutes, and it’s wheelchair and stroller friendly. So, bring the whole gang along – or at least anyone willing to wake up for the sunrise.
#6 Green Valley Overlook – Here, you’ll find one of Green Valley Lake’s most popular and stunning overlooks. We recommend using a high clearance vehicle or mountain bike to get there. Go north on Forest Service Road 2N13, just outside of downtown. The overlook will be on your left-hand side about .5 miles up the road. Once there, you’ll have a view of everything the region has to offer. Don’t miss out!
#5 Keller Peak Lookout Tower – Climb up the lookout tower for a chance to capture the San Bernardino Mountains and three different lakes: Arrowhead, Gregory, and Silverwood. If you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, you’ll even have views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. California is amazing, right?
Located east of Running Springs, 5 miles down Forest Road 1N96, the tower is open daily from Memorial Day to mid-November from 9am to 5pm.
#4 Heart Rock – Visiting the mountains with the love of your life? Then you can’t miss out on witnessing a naturally occurring heart shape in the rocks! It’s the perfect place for an adorable picture.
#3 Fisherman’s Point, Green Valley Lake – At Fisherman’s Point, you don't even have to try to take a wonderful photo because the shores of Green Valley Lake are so darn beautiful. If you want to get adventurous, and we recommend you do, rent a rowboat from the boathouse. You can take a selfie from the middle of the lake – just don’t drop your phone!
#2 Rim of the World Scenic Byway – Set aside your hiking boots and hop into your car to experience the most incredible drive in the San Bernardino Mountains! This bypass will take you along forested peaks that reach 8,000 feet. Don’t miss any of the pull-outs where you can gaze at the stunning panoramic views. The road will lead you to two popular lakes that draw in outdoor enthusiasts from around the country. Oh, and make sure to have your road-trip playlist ready!
#1 Castle Rock – Load up your daypack with water and snacks and hit the Castle Rock Trail. It’s a 3-mile roundtrip hike that requires a bit of rock scrambling. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with an astonishing 360-degree view of the region – including Big Bear Lake. Be careful around the edge of the rocks because a 50-foot drop is standing guard!