Surrounded by over a million acres of National Forest, Big Bear offers the best hiking in Southern California. From logging roads to trails to cross country jaunts, there is a path for everyone who enjoys seeing nature on their own two feet. Big Bear features many different microclimates. While the general climate is alpine, large areas in the East Valley have a high desert climate where you can even find Joshua Trees. Scattered throughout the valley are pockets of marshes, springs, meadows and wetlands. Few places on Earth offer as much habitat diversity as are available in Big Bear.
The most famous hiking trail in the Valley is the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT runs from Mexico to Canada and the section through Big Bear is easily accessible from a number of points and can then be hiked as a day hike.