All around Big Bear Lake, California you will find some of the most incredible hiking trails and peaks in the state. You can lose hours in the wilderness exploring until your heart is content. Butler Peak is one such spot that is open for hikers; it is one of the more popular trails in the area. Butler Peak reaches a peak height of 8,535 feet and overlooks the surrounding forest area. Here is what you can expect from an exciting hike around Butler Peak:
The Unofficial, Easier Trail
The unofficial trail up to Butler Peak is one of the easier hiking trails in the area. Rated as a 2-2 difficulty hike, you will find it to be a fairly easy stroll up to the top. Even though it is rated as an easy hike, you can still expect 2.9 miles for the entirety of the trail, taking the average hiker around an hour and a half. Like the rest of the San Bernardino National Forest, Butler Peak saw some fire damage two years ago, but has been recovering since then. You can’t go wrong with a hike up Butler Peak.
Butler Peak Trail
If you are looking for a more difficult trail, then take the official Butler Peak Trail up and around the peak. You can easily access the back trail from Big Bear City and explore this moderately trafficked trail. It is recommended to access the trail from March to October during the best weather conditions and when the wildflowers are blooming. Feel free to bring your pup with you, as the trail is dog friendly as long as they remain on a leash. You will get 9.1 miles of amazing views and a gradual climb that will not be too difficult for most average hikers. If you do not mind the chilly temperatures during the winter months, you can enjoy incredible snowy views. Make sure you show up early as the parking area can fill up quick, leaving you to park a couple miles further away from this Big Bear Lake mountain trail.
Booking with Big Bear Cabins
For your next Big Bear Lake mountain vacation getaway, make sure to book with Big Bear Cabins. Our friendly staff will help you find the perfect cabin to stay at during your travels. All cabin rentals are a short distance away from all of the exciting attractions found around Big Bear Lake. Contact us today to help you pick out the perfect rental cabin and plan for your big getaway!