Big Bear is an excellent place for runners of all levels, and gives you a chance to get off the road and enjoy the serenity and peace of the mountains. Take a deep breath and step into the fresh mountain air with the smell of pine, the sounds of birds, the incredible blue skies and puffy white clouds. Beautiful Big Bear Lake fills the valley floor at 6750 feet. From there, the valley is surrounded by rugged hills and mountains rising to nearly 10,000 feet. Whether you just want to relax and gather your thoughts or train for your first 5k, 10k or marathon, the fresh air and endless web of trails at high elevation make Big Bear the ultimate runners’ paradise.

Best Running Experiences

South Shore Trail Network
Rising quickly above The Village this network of single track and fire roads provides unlimited running! Start by heading up Knickerbocker and turning left onto forest road 2N08 or just past Bear Mtn Resort at the junction of Skyline Trail and 2N10.

Holcomb Valley Trail Run
15 and 33 mile Trail Runs on North Shore of Big Bear Lake. Website.

Kodiak Kids Trail Runs
Four races designed to introduce kids to trail running, the series includes 1.5 and 3 mile trail runs on Open to K-high school students. Learn more.

Ryan Hall’s Run Around the Lake
Big Bear’s Olympian Ryan Hall’s first run around Big Bear Lake. This run moves clockwise around the lake. Start and finish on Sandalwood Drive, turn right on Fox Farm, left on Wren, right on Park Avenue, left on Knight, right on Big Bear Boulevard, right on Lakeview Drive, right on Big Bear Boulevard, right North Shore Drive, right on North Shore Lane, left onto the Alpine Pedal Path, right on Stanfield Cutoff, right on Big Bear Boulevard, and right on Sandalwood to finish.

Alpine Pedal Path
5 Mile out and back lakeside route is on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake near the East Boat Ramp.

Cougar Crest
Four miles round trip. It’s a steep climb, but a great technical run.  Park at Cougar Crest Trailhead and follow the trail until it meets the Pacific Crest Trail to a beautiful view of the lake from the north shore.

Resources for Running in Big Bear

Holcomb Valley Trail Run
7, 15 and 33 mile Trail Runs on the PCT in Big Bear

Kodiak Ultra Marathons
50K, 50 Mile, and 100 Mile Trail Races finishing in the Big Bear Village

Kodiak Kids Trail Runs
Four races designed to introduce kids to trail running

Big Bear Trail Runners
Join the Facebook Page to connect with local and visiting trail runners. Post questions or look for training partners and group runs.

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