The glorious colors of fall have started to accumulate all around in Big Bear Lake! Soft orange hues, magnificent yellows and contrasting reds are showcased among these mountainous lands as far as the eye can see.
Big Bear Lake is home to the four glorious seasons. If you live in the inner city, you can sometimes forget about the sheer beauty of Mother Nature during her finest time. Take a break and get away to experience all that fall has to offer in Big Bear!
Biking! If you’re coming up to Big Bear and you’re a novice or even an expert mountain biker, you will be able to experience a ride at 7,000 feet weekends only at Snow Summit. Titled “Snow Summit Summer” the trails typically used for skiers and snowboarders by the thousands in winter is transformed into a biking haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Open weekends only for the fall season, you can get a pass, and bike around for hours. If you’re hungry, stop and grab a bite at the Skyline Taphouse at the top of the mountain with views of the Valley! You’re certain to see the glorious colors of Big Bear Lake all around you.
Off-Roading! The ultimate off-roading adventure is waiting for you at Big Bear Lake. Discover the back roads on your own via information from the Visitors Center and Big Bear Discovery Center, or join a tour with local experts in the area. Reserve a tour with Big Bear Jeep Experience where you drive the car and follow your guide through Big Bear’s beautiful back country!
Zip lines! Acrion Tours’ zip line course is unlike any other in Southern California. Situated above the pines on private property you switch between various levels of platforms with gorgeous views of the surrounding valley.
Oktoberfest! Every weekend from September 7th through November 2nd, check out Southern California’s favorite Oktoberfest! Great for any age, Big Bear’s Oktoberfest offers more than just high-energy German music, beer and food – it also offers, contests (such as stein-carrying and yodeling), games, dancing and unique local vendors and crafts. Held every year at the Big Bear Convention Center, you can even get a FREE ride home if you’ve had a little too much fun. On Saturdays, the festival runs from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight so be sure to buy tickets ahead of time to avoid longer lines. If you decide to visit Oktoberfest on Sunday, you’ll find a more family friendly experience since the doors close at 5:30 PM. Please remember to drink responsibly and take advantage of the free shuttles both to and from the venue.
Fishing! If you want to get out of bed and into the great outdoors, perhaps you should grab a rod and some bait and reel in some adventure! Big Bear Lake covers 22 miles of shoreline which means there are a lot of different areas to fish! What better way to see the beauty of the Big Bear Valley than by standing at the edge of the water, serene and peaceful, with beauty all around? Even if you don’t have your own gear, you can rent a rod and reel from various local shops. If you are over 16 years of age, you’ll have to purchase a California Fishing permit from a marina or sporting goods store to abide by county laws. Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank at around $13 per person for the day.
Revised from original blog posted on 9/28/15.