Kid-friendly Hiking Trails in Big Bear

kid friendly hikes

Hiking as a family is one of the best activities you can do on your vacation to the Big Bear area. For the kids, it offers fresh air, exercise, outdoor education, and time together away from screens. Big Bear provides incredible trails for any level of hiker.  

Involving your kids in the planning process from the start will make it more enjoyable for them. If you are new to hiking, here are some tips to consider in the planning stages:

  • Bring appropriate gear. If you are hiking with a very young child, you will want a carrier for them to ride on someone’s back. Otherwise, let each kid carry their backpack. Solid footwear is essential for all hikers. Big Bear has plenty of places to rent gear if you choose.
  • Plan snacks. This will be the fun part of planning for the kids. Let them think through some good snacks to bring on your hike. It should be food that can withstand some warmth, doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and will provide good energy on the go!
  • Find a trail. Your family can talk through how far you want to hike and how much climbing you want to do. You might also consider what kind of scenery you want to experience. Talk to your kids about the importance of knowing weather conditions before you head out.


Pick up an adventure pass at the Big Bear Visitor Center to access parking at many trailheads. Confirm that dogs are allowed on the trail if you bring a four-legged family member. Now that you are ready for a family hike, here are some great kid-friendly trails to consider around Big Bear.

Champion Lodgepole Pine

This trail is only one-half mile long, so it is an excellent option for those beginner hikers with shorter legs. If your kids love trees, they will be in awe of Lodgepoles, the largest tree in Big Bear Lake. 

Woodland Trail

This is one of the more educational hikes you will find. There are 16 bear paws along the trail that reveal a fun fact. Your kids will learn about local plants, wildlife, and geology and have a lot of fun in the process. It is a 1.6-mile hike, making it very manageable for various ages.

Big Bear Discovery Center Nature Trail

This half-mile hike might be a good warm-up hike or an option for young kids. It also offers educational plaques along the trail and spectacular views of the lake.

Eye of God via PCT and Burns Canyon Road

While this trail is still considered easy, it is longer in distance, at 4.4 miles. Offering stunning views of the Mohave, it is a great hiking option for older kids. As a bonus, they get to experience the Pacific Crest Trail!

Once you have completed the hike, ask your kids what they enjoyed most. Share photos that every hiker took along the way. Everyone will have different perspectives on the most beautiful scenes they saw, what they smelled, and how it felt walking on the terrain.


If you want to make your next visit to Big Bear a permanent stay, look at the amazing properties currently available through Krause Real Estate.

You can also call or text us: 

Jason Krause 909.649.4438 

Ed Krause 909.725.4382

Our team would love to share our 20 years of real estate experience in the Big Bear area. We look forward to helping you find the perfect place for you and your family.



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