While it isn't a hike to a high mountain summit, taking the serene and scenic Pineknot Trail up to Grand View Point offers you a similar payoff, but without a big effort. The trail climbs gently through the pine forest, with glimpses down to Big Bear Lake, and then ends at Grand View Point, which has sweeping views of the San Bernardino high peaks. Overall it's a pleasant hike that offers something nice for hikers of all ability levels.
- Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions to Grand View Point
- How to Get to the Pineknot Trail
- Grand View Hike Maps
- Insider Tips and Recommendations for the Hike
When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
Where is the Pineknot Trail?
The Pineknot Trail is located in the town of Big Bear Lake, and it starts at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Use this trailhead address:
Aspen Glen Picnic Area, 40105 Mill Creek Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Gear For the Hike
- Like most of the area, it can get hot in the summer and cold and icy in the winter. There's no real mountain summit, so what you wear at the start is usually fine for what you need at Grand View Point.
- I'd bring at least 1L of water.
- The hike is shady and the sun isn't a problem.
- There are no real steep parts and trekking poles are probably overkill, but if you like hiking with them, they'll work fine here too.
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Pineknot Trail Maps
Overall the trail is in great condition, and a local cycling club has even adopted some new trail signs. There are several cutoffs, trail updates, and use trails initially, and I'll tell you how to navigate them below. You'll share the trail with mountain bikers.
Guides to Help You Navigate
Pineknot to Grand View Hike Directions
Turn by Turn Directions
From here, just hike back the way you came up.
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