Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of visiting Big Bear, California is delving into its vast and wonderful natural setting. From lovely meadows and thick, lush forests, to glistening lakes, shimmering streams, and stark mountain peaks, there is a bevy of picturesque sights in Big Bear.
With so much to see, the best way to take it all in is to immerse yourself in it by setting off on an adventure on one of the many local Big Bear Mountain hiking trails! One such trail is the Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail. Read on below to learn more about this fun and invigorating Big Bear hiking trail!
What Makes the Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail Worthwhile
Nestled along the south side of the town’s famous Big Bear Lake, Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail can be found by driving along Mill Creek Road for a little over four miles until you can turn right onto 2N11 and head one mile further to the trailhead.
When you arrive, you’ll find that the trail is a gentle Big Bear hike, winding its way parallel next to a pleasant stream. Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail consists of a total of one half of a mile in length, making it an extremely easy Big Bear hike for beginners and children. Pick up a brochure from the parking lot and take a self-guided tour of the numbered posts throughout the trail.
While hiking the trail, you will come to a fork where you can head left and follow signs for the Champion Lodgepole, which is an enormous pine tree that is among the world’s largest lodgepole pines. As you make your way to the Champion Lodgepole, which juts into the sky far above the trees surrounding it and can be seen from quite a distance, you will encounter swathes of forest greenery, including beautiful wildflowers and forest ferns. Crossing a small wooden bridge, the trail winds through meadows and trees—including the Champion Lodgepole itself, which marked by a sign and a small wooden fence.
Here, you’ll want to treat carefully to preserve the fragile balance of the plant life. Whether you come in the warmer months to see the wildflowers or in the cooler months to see the changing leaves, Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail is worth the stop.
Begin Planning Your Big Bear Adventure with Big Bear Cabins Today!
Contact our reservations team to find out additional information on Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail and other great destinations and activities that you’ll find all over Big Bear when you book your stay in one of the rustic, traditional cabins that are offered by Big Bear Cabins year-round.