Winter takes many different forms here in Big Bear. Some winters we get dumped on and the stoke can be felt in the neighborhoods. Other winters are bone dry, and the lines at the post office become one continuous no-snow winter support group. Nevertheless, we’re fortunate to have and experience four seasons up here, if not for a bit more solitude out on the trails. They have their seasons, too, each offering their own unique experience for the user.

Here are a few great ways to catch a trail experience in Big Bear this winter:

Snowshoe or hike the Pine Knot Trail

Snow covering the trail? No problem. The Big Bear Cycling Association, working through the Southern California Mountains Foundation’s Adopt-A-Trail program, installed US Forest Service approved blue diamond-shaped reassurance markers from top to bottom on this trail. If the snow is covering the trail and making it difficult to follow, look up and follow the blue markers in the trees. This is a stellar trail in the winter season, as it provides lake views to the north throughout. When you make the summit, views to the south provide a panoramic view of the Santa Ana River basin with San Gorgonio (11,500 feet) as its crown jewel. Get lucky with some winter coloring on this one, and you’ve got a day that can rival anything out there. Distinctly Big Bear.

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Attend Winter Trails Day at the Discovery Center Jan. 12

Celebrate winter trails with others like you regardless of conditions. If Mother Nature will allow, the Southern California Mountains Foundation will hold free, guided snowshoe tours on the Nature Trail at the Discovery Center followed by refreshments around a fire.

Additional activities like a US Forest Service Eagle Count, Reading Animal Tracks Tour, nature craft activities and more. Check it out Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Big Bear Discovery Center.

Reposted from the Big Bear Grizzly Weekender December 21, 2018