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.

Big Bear Youth Trail Run Series
Four races designed to introduce kids to trail running, the series includes 1.5 and 3 mile trail runs on Woodland Trail on North Shore Drive near Stanfield Cutoff. 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

Run Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake North Shore Half Marathon, Kodiak 100, and Big Bear Turkey Trot

North Shore Trading Company
Running Shoes and Running Clothes

Big Bear Youth Trail Run Series
Four races designed to introduce kids to trail running.

Holcomb Valley Trail Run
15 and 33 mile Trail Run on North Shore

Misery Loves Company
Big Bear Running Club

Ted’s Gym
Training Runs, Endurance Training, Nutrition

Running Events:

Friday, Aug


Kodiak Ultra Marathon

Southern California's Premier Ultra Marathons - 100 Mile, 50 Mile, and 50k Trail Races. The…

Thursday, Nov


Big Bear Turkey Trot

A Thanksgiving Day Fun Run for the whole family presented by the City of Big…

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