Must See: Big Bear Lake, California

Vacation home on the lake

 

Just a short two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake couldn’t be further removed from big city life. Surrounded by the lush San Bernardino National Forest, Southern California’s largest recreational lake is a natural beauty in any season. Whether you’re chasing a winter wonderland, summer by the lake or a fall cabin escape we here at Tripping have you covered.

In The Summer

bigbearsummerSummertime at Big Bear Lake offers endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Take a hike or a bike ride through the stunning San Bernardino Forest and soak up the beautiful pine-scented surroundings. After that head out on the lake for a relaxing canoe or kayak ride. At an elevation of 6750 ft, the Alpine lake may be a little on the cool side but that doesn’t stop visitors from water skiing, wake boarding or jet skiing.
 
 
 
 

In The Fall

As the leaves turn the surrounding forest takes on a beautiful golden hue and is perhaps best explored on horseback. Enjoy the crisp weather by taking a ride on the scenic sky chair before retreating to your cozy cabin. For those looking to party, The annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest boasts the most elevated biergarten in the U.S.

In The Winter

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As the days get shorter and the cold weather rolls in, Big Bear Lake becomes Southern California’s premier ski destination. The twin peaks of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit combine to welcome skiers and snowboarders all winter long. Home to the only superpipe in Southern California, Bear Mountain is a noted playground for snowboarders and was frequented by Olympic Gold Medallist Shaun White in his younger years. Complimenting this, Snow Summit is a more family-orientated park with plenty of space for beginners.

In The Spring

As the snow melts, the forest comes alive and there is no better place in Southern California to see nature bloom. Explore the outdoors on foot or relax and drop a line in. Big Bear offers some truly amazing fishing with trout, bass and catfish all abundant in the lake.

Where To Stay

Boulder Bay Lakefrontbigbearlakeca

This luxury home was custom-built in 2013 and boasts lake and mountain views from every room. With four bedrooms including two master suites, this rental makes for a seriously stylish group getaway.

 

bigbearcabin2Remodelled Rustic Cabin 

If you truly want to get away from it all, this charming cabin is the perfect retreat. Starting at just $101/night this property packs some serious value with three bedrooms, wifi and a recently renovated kitchen.

 

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This cozy three bedroom cabin comfortably sleeps six. With hiking trails just steps away, this vacation rental is perfect for nature lovers but still comes with all the comforts of home. Add a luxurious steam bath and this is the perfect winter getaway.
 
 
 
This post was written by Ben Crock, Tripping Blogger.