Where to Find the Best Views of Big Bear

Jaw dropping views. That’s what’s in store for you at Big Bear while you’re enjoying our skiing, fishing, hiking and more. If you’re looking for where to find some beautiful views of Big Bear anytime of the year, we’ve got you covered.

best views of big bear
Big Bear has some of the best views you’ll find anywhere during any time of the year.

Boulder Bay Park

Most residents and visitors say Boulder Bay Park has the best universal views of Big Bear. It’s also known as the best overall spot for the most scenic view of Big Bear Lake. Whether the kids are playing in the snow or running through the park in the spring, there are plenty of spaces to find a tranquil spot and capture scenes of Big Bear in all its glory year-round. The park also has a small dock so you can walk out on Big Bear Lake and take pictures of the lake, rock formations and the mountains. It’s also a great spot for watching nature, fishing and seeing a wonderful sun set over the lake. The park is free, has tables for picnics and public bathrooms too.

Castle Rock Trail at Boulder Bay

What’s the end result for hiking the fairly moderate 1.5 mile Castle Rock Trail? Breathtaking views of course. Once you make it to the top of the rocks at the end of the beginner trail, take a deep breath of fresh mountain air and take in the sights and sounds of the mountains, trees, and Big Bear Lake below. Get there early. Parking for this trail is limited and the spaces fill up early. Bonus perk? This year-round trail is open to bikers and dogs too.

Big Bear mountain views
Hiking the trails of Big Bear will result in beautiful views at the top of the hills.

Cougar Crest Trail

You have to work a bit harder for your awesome view of Big Bear from this trail. Cougar Crest Trail is for intermediate to advanced hikers. The 2.5-mile trail will give you a workout that culminates in amazing views while you take a breather from your hike. The first mile is a gentle uphill climb that gets more difficult during mile two. Your stopping point puts you out on the popular Pacific Crest Trail, where you can keep hiking or enjoy wide open spaces and sweeping views of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains. This trail requires a $5 hiking pass you can pick up at the Big Bear Discovery Center, which also offers maps for the trails.

View From Big Bear Lake

No workout necessary to enjoy the great views of Big Bear Lake! Take a tour of the lake on a paddlewheel boat tour or enjoy a sunset cruise right on Big Bear Lake as you gaze at the natural beauty from the sparkling water of the lake at ground level.

Big Bear Lake view
You can enjoy the views of Big Bear right on Big Bear Lake.

Dining With a View

Does all this sightseeing have you hungry? There are plenty of places to grab lunch or dinner that also include sweeping views of Big Bear. The Pines Lakefront offers great food and waterfront views of Big Bear Lake. Looking for comfort food as you head to enjoy the scenery? Grizzly Manor Café is known as the place to go for great food in the mountains. It’s centrally located right near the trails, parks and recreational amenities.

All that’s left to do is make a reservation for a comfortable cabin or luxury hotel room at Big Bear, so make your reservation today. Remember we also extended our Winter Sale until the end of April. Get 20% off when you use the promo code “Wintersale” through April 30.

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