Explore the Beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains: Top 10 Trails to Hike This Summer

Nestled in the heart of Southern California, the San Bernardino Mountains offer a picturesque escape from the urban life below in the city. With its towering peaks, lush forests, and stunning vistas, this mountain range is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, especially during the summer months. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a novice explorer, there's a trail for everyone to enjoy. When you stay at a Get Lost Inn cabin, hiking is the perfect activity to truly enjoy the area. Here are our top 10 trails to hike in the San Bernardino Mountains this summer. 

Castle Rock
  1. Castle Rock Trail: One of the most popular hikes in the area, the Castle Rock Trail offers breathtaking views of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trail is relatively short but steep, making it perfect for a quick morning or afternoon hike. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes, as the terrain can be rugged at times. 
  2. Pine Knot Trail: For a more leisurely hike with stunning panoramic views, head to the Pine Knot Trail. This moderate trail winds through dense forests of pine and oak trees, offering hikers the chance to spot wildlife and wildflowers along the way. The highlight of the hike is the spectacular vista overlooking Big Bear Lake and the San Bernardino National Forest.
  3. Cougar Crest Trail: Named for its frequent sightings of mountain lions, the Cougar Crest Trail is a challenging yet rewarding hike that takes you through dense forests and rocky terrain. The trail offers stunning views of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains, making it a favorite among experienced hikers.
  4. Heart Rock Trail: If you're looking for a family-friendly hike with a unique attraction, the Heart Rock Trail is the perfect choice. This easy, one-mile hike takes you to a heart-shaped rock formation carved into the granite cliffs by the rushing waters of Seeley Creek. It's a great spot for a picnic and photo opportunity.
  5. Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail: For a peaceful and educational hike, check out the Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail. This short loop trail takes you through a grove of ancient lodgepole pine trees, some of which are over 500 years old. Interpretive signs along the trail provide information about the area's natural history and ecology. To visit, see details to Bluff Lake Reserve below in #7.
  6. Sugarloaf Trail: For panoramic views of the San Bernardino Mountains and beyond, tackle the Sugarloaf Trail. This moderately difficult hike takes you to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, where you'll be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as there is little shade along the trail.
  7. Bluff Lake Reserve Trail: For a serene and tranquil hiking experience, head to the Bluff Lake Reserve Trail. This easy loop trail takes you through a pristine alpine meadow and past a tranquil mountain lake. Keep an eye out for a variety of bird species and other wildlife that call the reserve home. Plan your visit to this spectacular reserve by visiting the Conservancy Website HERE
  8. Little Green Valley: Little Green Valley Trail is a popular hike that starts at the water tanks in the Green Valle Lake campground. It will lead you to a beautiful meadow covered in wildflowers. In the spring, you’ll even find a gently flowing creek. It’s a great trail to see everything the region has to offer. The Green Valley Lake website classifies the route as difficult. It’s an out-and-back hike with a total distance of 3 miles. Be prepared for steep hills, so make sure to bring extra water. For a map of this trail see HERE.
  9. Alpine Pedal Path: For a leisurely stroll with stunning lake views, check out the Alpine Pedal Path. This paved pathway winds along the shores of Big Bear Lake, offering beautiful views of the water and surrounding mountains. The path is perfect for walking, jogging, or biking, and is accessible to hikers of all skill levels.
  10. GVL Community Trail: Just off Edison Road in Green Valley Lake, you’ll find the Community Trail. A great out-and-back route that is 1.5 miles each way. Once you reach the halfway point at the campground, stop to have a nice lunch in nature before making the trek back. The trail has some of the best sunset viewpoints, so consider planning your excursion in the late afternoon. It’s a moderate to difficult hike, depending on your physical health. As always, make sure to bring lots of water and snacks. For a map of this trail see HERE
Bluff Lake Reserve

With its stunning scenery and diverse array of trails, the San Bernardino Mountains are a hiker's paradise. Whether you're seeking panoramic vistas, tranquil lakes, or ancient forests, you'll find it all in this beautiful mountain range. After your day of hiking, return to your Get Lost Inn cabin and fire up the BBQ and crack open a cold brew and wait for the magical stars to appear as the sun sets. See you on the mountain! 

Firepit and BBQ time!