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Big Bear

From Gold Rush to 4-Season Resort, Exploring Big Bear, California
By Mike Harris



From its historic gold rush days to its modern four-season resort fame, Big Bear is one of California’s most popular destinations. Whether it’s winter skiing or snowboarding, enjoying springtime alpine meadows, summer boating and fishing on Southern California’s largest recreational lake, or enjoying fall colors, Big Bear offers visitors plenty to do.

Hiking the San Bernardino National Forest’s many trails, ranging from easy to challenging, is a prime attraction, while mountain biking, zip line adventures, off-road jeep tours, and the Pacific Crest Trail add popular appeal. Travel writer Mike Harris provides a list of things for you to do, from scenic walking paths and easy hikes to discovering the area’s many attractions. Enjoy a tour of the lake aboard a paddle-wheel boat, summer concerts, the annual Oktoberfest, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, golf, camping, shopping, dining, and so much more.

Contributor Bios
Mike Harris is a California-based travel writer. Since he was a boy, he has had a passion for the American West. A journalist and editor since graduating from the University of Southern California, exploring California’s rich history is one of his favorite pastimes.