Big Bear Trails is a Southern California Mountains Foundation program supporting non-motorized trails in the Mountain Top Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake, California.

Big Bear Trails works to develop new trail opportunities, support the Adopt-A-Trail program, educate the public on our local trails, provide news and educational resources, address immediate trail maintenance needs, and provide an opportunity to bring community members and government officials together to engage in positive collaboration.

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Welcome to the Maple Hill Trails! We hope you enjoy your day of fun and exploration. You are now standing on a 213 acre parcel of land donated by RCK Properties in 2018 to the non-profit Bear Valley USD Education Foundation. The trail system was designed and built through a partnership with Big Bear Trails, part of the Southern California Mountains Foundation.

Be sure to enjoy these pathways with consideration for everyone and adjust your speed and intensity when you encounter others. Please be nice and say hi.

This trail system is on private property and the use of this property and trail system is dependent upon all of us acting as good and responsible stewards.
You can access them from these three trailheads: Shore Drive, off of Big Bear Blvd, North of Big Bear High School or West of Baldwin Lane Elementary School.


Please share the trails! There are as many ways to enjoy them as there are to respect them. Follow these guidelines to keep it fun for everyone:

  • Stay on the signed trails. Do not take shortcuts or adjust the trail.
  • Don’t leave trash, and if you see trash please pick it up.
  • Share the Trail – Be Nice and Say Hi.
  • Mountain bikers yield to hikers and horses. Hikers yield to horses. Horses always have the right of way. Other users must step down on the low side of the trail and say hi. This helps the horse recognize you as a person.
  • Mountain bikers, please use a bike bell.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Dogs must be nice, kept on a leash and/or strictly controlled by command. All pet waste must be removed.
  • No overnight camping.
  • No campfires, cooking or open flames.

Snow Play

You can use this property for snow play in the winter, given that you do not leave any trash and follow the above considerations.
If there is any visible trash the area is subject to immediate closure and you will be considered a trespasser and asked to leave.
This encourages you to actively pick up trash, whether it is yours or someone else’s.
Please Don’t Litter Our Mountains!

Once you have been out please take our Maple Hill Trails Survey and let us know what you think of our new trail!

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