SNOWSHOE HIKING the Secluded Pine Knot Trail Near Big Bear Lake - 6 Miles Total

  • February 23, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Want to have fun in the snow and get a GREAT WORKOUT at the same time?

As you know, it's snowboarding season. But for those of you that don't ski or ride, but love to hike and play in the snow, I have another great group activity.

SNOWSHOE HIKING!!!

Why? We get to be hiking outdoors in the snow and get a great workout!

You'll burn approximately 500 calories an hour.

Note: If you don't have snowshoes, you can buy them really cheap now at Costco for the entire set for less than $70. Or you can rent it for less than $10 - $20 per day at Big Bear.

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner - Intermediate

Mostly gently graded trail

The Basics:

- Distance: 6.11 miles.
- Elevation Gain: 904 feet
- Time: About 3 hours, with breaks
- Trail Condition: Good. Other than one junction, the Pine Knot Trail is easy to follow. Most fire road junctions are marked with signs, but you should definitely have a good topo map with you on this hike. It’s very easy to get disoriented if you’re unfamiliar with the area — especially if the fire roads are covered in snow.

Directions:

How To get There: From The Village in Big Bear (the corner of Big Bear Blvd. and Village Drive), head west on Big Bear Blvd. for 0.5 miles. Turn left at Mill Creek Road and continue for 0.3 miles to the Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Park and display your Adventure Pass — the trailhead is at the western end of the parking area. The trailhead is about 98 miles from downtown L.A, so make this part of a long weekend.

Where to park your car

Aspen Glen Picnic Area

40101 Mill Creek Rd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

** ADVENTURE PASS IS REQUIRED AND MUST BE DISPLAYED ON PARKED CARS!!! **

The Notables:

- After one major incline, rest of the trail is relatively easy
- Great views of Big Bear Lake and the southern San Bernardinos

Another source remarking about the Pine Knot Trail (may be very comforting for some of you) 
Pine Knot Trail is an easy to moderate snowshoe trail with easy parking and trail access. Park at Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Follow the signs to the trailhead.  This trail, also known as 1E01 can take you all the way to Grand View point, a round trip of 6 miles.  The best part of the Pine Knot Trail is that you can turn around at any point and return quickly to your car.

Want to do more snowshoe hiking after the 6 mile warmup?

How about hopping onto another connecting trail for another 2 miles to get A FANTASTIC VIEW?  

I'm just throwing this out there AS AN OPTION ONLY.

Most likely, we'll finish after the first trail. But just in case anyone wants more...

Grandview Point
Grandview Point begins where Pine Knot / 1E01 ends.  The 2 mile round trip trail takes you to a view point that is nearly unmatched.  From Grand View Point you can see San Gorgonio (Southern California’s highest peak) the Santa Ana River Valley, Sugarloaf Peak, Butler Peak and on a clear day we’ve even seen Catalina.

Snowshoeing in Big Bear
 

elevation profile of Pine Knot Trail

google earth profile of pine knot trail

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  • Joo Hong K.

    Very interesting hike and beautiful view. Though my legs are feeling some pain afterward.

    February 25, 2013

  • Maggie

    Beautiful scenery, fun & friendly peeps, and very enjoyable experience! Thank you for hosting Jay!

    February 24, 2013

    • Jay

      Thanks for posting those terrific photos!

      February 25, 2013

  • Jessica

    we will be 20 minutes late

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Patty I texted you that if you can meet at Marty's place at 6:45 am tomorrow we will be leaving from there

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Marty and I are driving together early tomorrow AM and coming back Saturday afternoo. I can't stay over Sat night

    February 22, 2013

    • Patty

      Hi Roger - May I join u guys? Also sending u an email. Tks

      February 22, 2013

  • Patty

    May I join someone's carpool? I'll chip in for ga$. I'm in 91101/91106. Thx!

    February 21, 2013

    • Joo Hong K.

      Are you going Friday or Saturday? I am picking someone up at the City of Industry. I could pick you up there on Friday evening. I am already picking up two other people at two different locations so I do not want to make third stop in Friday evening.

      February 22, 2013

    • Patty

      Tks but can't on Fri.

      February 22, 2013

  • DAVID

    can not make it

    February 21, 2013

  • Greg

    My ankle sprain hasn't healed enough to go on this hike. Sucks...

    February 21, 2013

  • Jimmy

    I'm out I injuried my leg

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Santa Monica so if anyone needs a ride, I have space

    February 20, 2013

  • Jimmy

    Tracey email me your address and I have room for 2 more if anyones needs a ride.

    February 13, 2013

    • TRACEY N.

      Jimmy, did u get my email? Is the plan still in effect?

      February 19, 2013

    • Dan

      Jimmy, I emailed you as well. Can I join your carpool?

      February 20, 2013

  • tony

    Project got crazy and working thru the weekend...=/ So bummed

    February 19, 2013

  • tony

    Goldsmith's has the shoe rentals for $15 and pants for $8
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    February 18, 2013

    • Jay

      Thanks for sharing those details!

      February 19, 2013

  • Erik

    Sorry, will be out of town for work

    February 18, 2013

  • Robert

    Hey guys, I'm sorry I can't attend. I just closed escrow on my new place and have so much work to do to prep for my move-in.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tentative no.

    February 16, 2013

  • Jay

    If anyone needs to rent snowshoes, check out http://www.bigbear.com/things-to-do/recreation/snowshoeing/#snowshoe. Or you may be able to find somewhere more local at a sports shop. If you do need to rent snowshoes, I encourage you to start looking around now. Please don't wait last minute.

    February 15, 2013

  • Angela

    jay, how early should we leave LA to be there at 10? do you have an address of the meeting area?

    thanks!

    February 15, 2013

    • Jay

      Check the posting. I just updated it.

      February 15, 2013

  • TRACEY N.

    I am fine w extra 2 miles.

    February 13, 2013

  • Jay

    We will go slow and steady and stay together as a group. Just make sure you put on warm clothes, waterproof gloves, and waterproof boots. And make sure you pack enough food and water for yourselves. We'll be stopping for lunch. I'll bring my Jetboiler so if anyone wants hot tea, coffee, or bowl ramen, just bring extra water for cooking. Once we meet at the trail head, I will evaluate everyone's gear and supplies. If for any reason I feel someone isn't prepared to do this hike (nothing but boxer's and socks on, or feverish and lethargic with lots of coughing, or forgot to bring food and water), I will kindly dismiss you to go back to the safety of your own home. Remember, we are traversing mountain wilderness under potentially adverse conditions. So please start preparing to gear up now and plan accordingly.

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Joo Hong K.

    Wow, we have women warriors. Since I never done snow hiking, I think I am upto 4-5 hours of hiking. I go along with a group.

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    +2 miles is fine with me, Jay.

    February 12, 2013

  • Angela

    i'm up for extra 2 mile trail.

    February 12, 2013

  • TRACEY N.

    Jimmy, I need a ride from OC.

    February 12, 2013

  • Jimmy

    Anyone need a ride coming from the OC

    February 12, 2013

  • Dewey

    Can't make it.

    December 5, 2012

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