After much trial and error and a few discussions with friends and coworkers, I’ve found that the best way to experience Big Bear during winter is to simply just pull off to the side of the road and jump into the snow! Winter brings in busy crowds and bumper to bumper traffic. If you aren’t planning a visit to Snow Summit or only have a day to spare, head up to Big Bear early in the morning and visit one of the hiking trails instead. It is definitely worth it and makes for a great experience!
One of my favorite hiking trails in Big Bear is Castle Rock. It’s a short hike to the top, but can be a little tricky with the snow. So come prepared! Any shoes with good grip will do, but always take caution as slippery spots can be deceiving.
The trail entrance to Castle Rock isn’t that noticeable and parking is very limited. However, it is a great spot to visit. There is lots to explore and the snow is deep enough in some areas to play around in. Find some soft snow and have a snowball fight!
Big Bear City is only a few minutes away from the hiking trail. After exploring, grab a bite and hot drink in town! There are some easier flat trails to walk right by the lake if you’re feeling a little less adventurous. Whatever you decide, you’re bound to have a great time!