As an avid hiker, I am always looking for new hikes to explore in Southern California. I spent this past weekend in Big Bear, and decided to do the hike at Snow Summit. It had great views the entire way up, was the perfect amount of time, and had a nice little surprise at the top!
The hike starts at the bottom of the mountain. The only time I have been to Snow Summit is in the dead of winter, so seeing the mountain covered in green grass was a nice change of scenery. Approaching the bottom of the mountain, little signs pointed in the direction of the trailhead.
The beginning of the hike is clearly marked by a wooden arched entryway, and you start off by zig-zagging your way up the mountain face. The trail takes you near a small stream, and then cuts back across of what would be a wide open ski slope. The hike is 2.2 miles up and took about an hour and half to reach the top.
The view from the top overlooks the entire San Bernardino Mountain Range and is absolutely breathtaking. There is also a restaurant and bar with open patio seating, and is the perfect place to rest, grab a bite, and sip on glass of wine.
If you don't feel like hiking down, you can pay a small fee and ride the ski lift back! As you fly the by tree tops you can see Big Bear Lake and the town below. It's a fun experience and I would definitely recommend it!
Out of all the hikes I have done in Big Bear Mountain, this is by far one of the best. Not too hard, not too easy, beautiful green grass and trees all around, and view from every angle. This hike is an easy to moderate hike and can be completed by all hiking levels. The best part, the trail is dog friendly!