Bear Lake, the Four Seasons California Mountain Resorts
Big Bear Lake is a high-altitude
wonderland of towering pines, the freshest air and bluest skies enjoyed by
all who venture to Southern Californiaa's premier mountain resort destination
with its splendor and varied weather. Just two hours from the beach, you can
be in the mountains skiing in the winter, and during the summer, there's
lake sports, hiking trails, museums, art galleries, events, dining and good
old-fashioned mountain fun shared in the atmosphere of a community. While
Big Bear Lake offers spectacular mid-winter localized skiing for Southern
Californians, one of our favorite types of vacations at Big Bear Lake and
nearby Lake Arrowhead is the
California lake vacation.
Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino National
Forest 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles in Bear Valley, named by early
settlers who discovered a region thickly populated with bears.. It
takes approximately 45 minutes to drive up "the hill" from Riverside and
San Bernardino on a well paved two lane highway which traverses the mountain
and includes a dozen or so passing lanes and pull outs. One such vista
offers a view looking down to Big Bear Lake from a higher elevation.
Southern Californians flock to Big Bear Lake to enjoy
the "Four Seasons" playground featuring distinct spring, summer, fall and winter
weather and foliage.
In fact, many children growing up in Los Angeles see their first snow as
an adult when they venture into the local mountain resorts. Activities
such as skiing, snow boarding, sledding, ice skating and ice hockey also
attract international travelers who find out about the location on web
sites such as this one and through word of mouth.
Moderately challenging with numerous
opportunities for beginning skiers, Bear Mountain Resorts skiing features chair
lift rides which are becoming increasingly popular in the Summer months
for mountain biking, as well. Other activities include hiking, fishing,
parasailing on the lake, swimming, boating, water sledding and the number
one attraction, shopping.
What else can you do in the city of Big Bear Lake?
You can golf on a 9-hole course, a miniature golf, visit the Big Bear
Historical Museum, Moonridge Animal Park Zoo, Big Bear Discovery Center, a water slide, two movie theaters and a community
theater which features live performances and many celebrity guests. There are
horse stables for riding, Farmer's Market in the summer, Miner's Days, Oktoberfest
and many celebrations throughout the year.
Lodging includes cabins, hotel rooms, bed and breakfast
hotels and resorts with prices generally ranging from around $75 to $350
per night, depending on your budget. For more to see and do, visit the many
pages about Big Bear Lake and Big Bear Valley on the left column.