Top Things to Do in Big Bear

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Ski or Snowboard

Apples is ideally situated, literally just minutes away from both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts. Choose between the two, or enjoy them both.

Snow Summit

1 mile away
Snow Summit is a family-friendly resort. You'll find bunny slopes great for learning. Then comes Summit Run, a long easy way down the mountain for beginners. There's also the Family Fun zone, an area with a number of easy runs for the whole family. Summit also offers steeper, more challenging terrain including the double black diamond bowl runs the Wall and Olympic. A few runs are designated as a park area with rails, boxes, and jumps.

Bear Mountain

1.5 miles away
Snowboarders flock to Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain has the Park with upwards of 120 beginner to advanced jibs including a huge variety of rails, boxes and walls. It has over 100 snow features of all shapes and sizes, and Southern California's only Superpipe. There is also some vertical terrain at Bear. Bear boasts that the run Geronimo is the highest, steepest, and most challenging lift-served peak in Southern California.

Mountain Biking

1 mile away
Take a chairlift up Snow Summit and mountain bike down. You'll find over 60 miles of professionally built and maintained trails. You'll find every ability level from easy trails to challenging runs with terrain features like step-ups, berms, and bridges. You can even rent a bike at the base of Snow Summit.


1.5 miles away
Bear Mountain Golf course is a 9-hole course located at the base of Bear Mountain Resort in the Moonridge meadow area. The course is a par 35 featuring two par 5s, four par 4s, and three par 3s. From the back tees, the course measures 2,787 yards with a rating of 32.8 and a slope of 110. There's also a driving range where you can work on your swing or warm up for your round.

Hiking and Biking

Distances to trails vary
There are a number of great walking and hiking trails around Big Bear. You can take an easy stroll around the lake or try a more strenuous hike in the mountains. For some of these trails, you will need an Adventure Pass that you can purchase at the Discovery Center. Here are the highlights, lengths, and difficulty of the trails:

  • Alpine Pedal Path (Free!)
    • Highlights: Scenic walk or bike ride by the lake
    • Length: 3.2 miles one way
    • Difficulty: paved and easyM
  • Castle Rock
    • Highlights: Climb to the summit of this large rock formation
    • Length: 2 miles
    • Difficulty: moderate
  • Siberia Cree
    • Highlights: Thick forest with tiny waterfalls and meadows
    • Length: 2 miles
    • Difficulty: easy to strenuous
  • Cougar Crest
    • Highlights: Panoramic views of the lake
    • Length: 4 miles
    • Difficulty: moderate to difficult
  • Champion Lodgepole Pine
    • Highlights: See the "Champion" double-topped 110+ foot tree
    • Length: 1 mile
    • Difficulty: easy

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

1.5 miles away
The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is right down at the base of Bear Mountain. Some of the animals you may find at the zoo include: badgers, falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, foxes, bears, geese, lizards, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, porcupines, wolves, and raccoons. The zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering a safe haven for injured or orphaned animals. Almost all the animals brought to the zoo for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment.

Snow Play

2.5 miles away
The entire family will have fun as they race down the ski hill in an inner tube. When you reach the bottom of the hill, you take a Magic Carpet lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. This is a great option for the family that doesn't ski or snowboard but wants to experience the thrill of gliding on snow. You pay one fee and can ride as many times as you like. Tubes are provided. Night tubing is available if you want to brave the cold.

If you are looking for a free place to sled, tube, or saucer, you can pull over wherever there is a hill and some snow and it is safe. Try the sledding hill in Pine Knot. You will need to bring your own sledding gear.

Big Bear Lake

2 miles away
Big Bear Lake is 8 miles long and 1 mile across at the widest point. In the summer, have a relaxing picnic at the beach or go fishing. There are so many water sport options including boating, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, wake boarding, waterskiing, and swimming. There are boulders for jumping into the lake. In the winter months, the lake is often frozen. Cedar Lake and Bluff Lake Preserve are two other options you can check out while you are in Big Bear.

The Village

2.5 miles away
The Village is called the "heart of Big Bear." It is our quaint, downtown shopping and dining area. Down the main street, you will find restaurants, a movie theater, fire pits, shopping, sweets and treats, and more! Plenty of great shopping opportunities for clothing, decor, souvenirs, and more. If you are looking for a little night life, you will find bars, pool halls, and a place to catch live music down nearby streets. Parking is usually pretty available off the main street. Reservations are recommended for the more popular restaurants, especially in peak season. We're happy to share our recommendations for our favorite places.

Magic Mountain Recreation Area

3 miles away
The Magic Mountain Recreation Area at Big Bear Lake offers family fun activities year round. Activities include: Alpine slide, water slides, go-karts, and miniature golf. The Alpine Slide is a wheeled bobsled ride down a quarter-mile long cement track filled with high-banked turns and long straightways. Riders take a scenic chairlift ride to the top. From the top, they control their own sled down the tracks. Miniature golf offers 18 exciting holes complete with breaking greens and water hazards. Race the go-karts track. Karts are available for single riders over 4 foot, 9 inches tall. For smaller children, double karts are available (driver must be over 18 years old). The double water slide operates during the summer months, taking riders down two twisting and turning flumes filled with refreshing, cool water, before dumping them with a splash into the heated pool at the bottom.

Zip Line Tours

1 miles away to center, 20 minute van ride to zip lining
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, go zip lining. Glide among the treetops, above the mountains. Action Zipline Tours is open year-round, weather permitting. The three hour tour includes an off-road ride two miles into the forest in their safari jeep, with nine high-speed zipline lines that run down the mountain for the most avid thrill-seekers, a beautiful suspension bridge with stunning views of Johnson Valley as a backdrop for it all. Truly an adventure you won't forget!