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Dog Friendly Parks and Pathways

Added: Mar 07, 2019
Category: Pet Friendly Info

These trails and parks have been given the Golden Bone Award from our dog Nugget!

Cougar Crest Trail nuggets-golden-bone-award

Highway 38

Big Bear Lake,



This trail is well know to visitors and residents alike. Located within the San Bernardino National Forest, leashed dogs are allowed throughout the San Bernardino Forest Trails in Big Bear.


The trail offers all inspiring views of the lake and valley below. Two miles up it connects to the Pacific Crest Trail at which point you can extend your hike significantly should you wish to. Please be aware that the Cougar Crest Trail is strenuous, caution should be taken to bring enough water for dogs and people.


The trailhead is located on Highway 38 west of Big Bear. There is parking at the trailhead.


Grout Bay Trail nuggets-golden-bone-award

Hwy 38

Big Bear Lake,



The Grout Bay Hiking trail is about 3-5 miles each way. Its rated easy to moderate. To get there from the village, head west on Hwy 18. Take Hwy 38 to the right, towards the northwest corner of the lake. The trail begins by the Grout Bay Picnic Area.


Pine Knot Trail nuggets-golden-bone-award

Tulip Lane

Big Bear Lake,



Approx. 3 miles each way, the Pine Knot trail has a rating from moderate to difficult. The trail begins by the Alpine Glen Picnic Area. In order to park there you will need to acquire a “Forest Day Pass.” These can be acquired from local sporting good stores and local convenience markets. Don’t forget to put your pass in the window for the officer to see. To get there from the village, head west on Hwy 18 and turn left onto Tulip Lane.


Woodland Trail / Nature Walk nuggets-golden-bone-award

Hwy 38

Big Bear Lake,



This trail is interesting as it has approx. 20 informational stops throughout the nature trail. Once you pick up one of the maps (Discovery Center) you will be your own self guide as you walk thru this 1.5 mile nature walk. Rated “easy”, great for beginners. To get there, (going away from the village), take the Stanfield Cutoff to the other side of the lake and turn left onto Hwy 38. In about 1/2 mile, parking will be on the right.


Hanna Flat Trail nuggets-golden-bone-award

Rim of the World Drive




Located in the San Bernardino National Forest, Pets must be on a leash, owners are expected to clean up after their canine. Approximately 9 miles round trip, rated as a  moderate trail. Due to the bald eagle winter habitat this trail is closed annually from November 1 to April 1. To get there take Highway 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. Go straight, do not cross over the dam. Highway 18 becomes Highway 38. Go to the Fawnskin Fire Station and turn left onto the Rim of the World Drive. Its approx. 2.5 miles on a dirt road to the campsite and trailhead.


Big Bear Bikes/Snowshoes nuggets-golden-bone-award

41810 Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake,



Let your best friend experience the snow in the winter by renting some snowshoes and go on a snowy mountain hike. Big Bear Bikes rents snowshoes and cross-country skis. Don’t forget to dress warm and use snow gear. Also, you will need a National Forest Adventure Pass to park. The forest trail off Mill Creek Rd (by the Alpine Slides). The rental shop will be able to provide directions and/or maps. Once at the trail, you'll be able to go snowshoeing for miles

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