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.
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
- 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.
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!!! **
- 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 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.