Winter Hiking at Big Bear

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Big Bear, it’s cold outside!  Our cabins and luxury hotel rooms, however, are quite cozy.  If you haven’t made your plans yet to spend a long weekend with us at Big Bear Frontier, make sure you make your reservation today.

Hit the Big Bear Trails                                                                                                                               

While you’re staying with us, make sure you schedule some time out on the almost 60 miles of beautiful trails around Big Bear Lake.  From a less than a mile beginner path to the more difficult 10-plus mile treks, the hiking opportunities at Big Bear accommodate everyone’s interests.  There are even mixed-use trails that allow for biking or even horse-back riding.

 All Weather Hiking Preparation

Knowing some basic hiking guidelines should keep you relatively comfortable on the trails all year long.  Always dress in layers.  Kicking off your hike in the morning can mean much cooler conditions than for your return trip and even in the middle of the day cloud-cover can dampen the temperature.  You want to be able to easily shed or replace your extra padding when necessary.

Always check the weather before you hike.  Temperature and conditions can easily change any time of year, so it’s important to begin your trail with the most updated information on what you can expect.

Before you head out, make sure you have your trail map with you.  Don’t rely on trail markings alone.

Cold Weather Hiking Preparation

Hiking in the winter months means a bit more preparation than just making sure you bring along plenty of water.  First, pay special attention to your extremities.   Keep to the layering rule here and bring along a couple of pairs of gloves or mittens.  Socks are very important; don’t skimp on them!  Buy a nice pair of socks for winter weather that fit well.  Standard, every-day socks can lead to cold feet and blisters.

Make sure your outer layer of clothing is waterproof.

Always plan for the worst, especially while winter hiking.  Bring along emergency blankets, a flash light, and extra food and water in addition to your normal hiking preps.  Make sure you communicate with someone else your hiking plans and an expected return time.Untitled design (1)

Do take into consideration shorter daylight hours when winter hiking.  A hike that you could easily do during the summer months will be harder in winter and require more time to complete.  Make sure you allow yourself the extra time so you aren’t caught on the trail at night.  Traveled far from home to your hiking destination?  Make sure you have your watch set for the local time and are aware of what time the sun sets.

We hope this gives you trailsperation to get out here and hike at Big Bear soon!  Remember, that our warm and comfortable beds will be ready when you return from your adventures.  Start planning your next quest with us today!

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