The 5 Best Places to See Fall Foliage Colors at Big Bear Lake

Southern California is known as the best place to witness the seasons in California. One of the best places to see fall foliage is the Big Bear Lake area. From mid-October through November, Big Bear Lake is awash in a sea of crimson, amber and yellow fall colors. Celebrate fall foliage in California with the 5 best places to see fall foliage at Big Bear Lake.

best places to see fall foliage

One of the best places to see fall foliage is the Big Bear Lake area.

Take Colorful Fall Photos at Pine Knot Trail

A moderate hiking trail with a gradual incline, those that walk the 7-mile Pine Knot Trail will be rewarded with colorful fall vistas both along the way and at the end of the trail. Aspen Glen Picnic Area, in the San Bernardino National Forest, will provide you with a spectacular view of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding fall foliage that makes for a great photo opportunity.

Read our blog on the  8 best places to take pictures in Big Bear to become a picture taking pro in the area.

Hike Castle Rock Trail for Scenic Autumn Views

Castle Rock Trail is a must-visit trail in the fall to experience both fall foliage and beautiful rock formations. The incentive to finish Castle Rock Trail culminates in a stunning display of rocks, fall foliage and amazing vistas of the mountain range. It’s also an easier trail to maneuver and is known as a “kid-friendly” trail.

best places to see fall foliage

We have the road map you need now to enjoy fall colors and fresh mountain along Big Bear Lake.

Enjoy Autumn Along Big Bear Lake

Enjoy the scenery of fall foliage from the comfort of below at Big Bear Lake. You don’t have to go on an incline hike to enjoy all that fall has to offer in the area. Take a seat anywhere near the lake or one of the lake’s public parks to enjoy one of the best places to see fall color.  Bask in the surrounding fall foliage of the San Bernardino Mountains, which provide a backdrop of Big Bear Lake, while you enjoy the serenity of the area.

Visit the San Gorgonio Wilderness

Enjoy a hike past the San Bernardino Mountains and into the San Gorgonio Wilderness to see a variety of trees like Black Oaks and Cottonwood trees that display different fall leaves and colors that can only be found in this Southern California location.

Wilderness permits are required for all hikes into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Permits are free and may be requested in person or at the Big Bear Discovery Center. For more information on permits, and Adventure Passes, contact (909) 866-3437.

big bear lake fall foliage

Celebrate all that fall has to offer at Big Bear Lake.

Aspen Grove Trail: Awash in Fall Foliage Color

We saved the grand finale of fall colors for last. The Aspen Grove Trail, located in the San Bernardino National Forest, is always awash in autumn colors that will take your breath away. Known as one of the best places in Southern California to see fall in all its glory, visitors must walk down the 1.5-mile walking trail, where they will be awarded with several areas to take pictures of the trees littered with fall foliage.

Book Your Big Bear Frontier Stay Now

You have the road map you need now to enjoy fall colors, fresh mountain air and brisk walks along Big Bear Lake. To celebrate all that fall has to offer and to take advantage of your visit to Big Bear Lake, make a reservation for a cozy cabin or luxury hotel room at Big Bear Frontier.

Make your cabin or hotel reservation today!

About bigbearfrontier

Nestled among the giant pines, our comfortably shaded resort stretches from Big Bear Boulevard to the water’s edge of the lake. We have everything from jacuzzis to fireplaces with views of Big Bear Lake.
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