Top three reasons to go snowshoeing in Big Bear Lake
Plenty of trails appropriate for snowshoers of all fitness and skill levels
Find an ideal tour among miles upon miles of high-quality trails
Experience Big Bear Lake’s picturesque winter landscapes on snowshoes
While the outdoors oasis of Big Bear Lake is most famous for its summer activities, it actually provides excellent adventure opportunities year-round. When the snow covers Bear Mountain and the aptly named Snow Summit, visitors can hit the slopes, zipline, bird watch for wintering bald eagles, and take a snowshoe tour of Big Bear’s beautiful backcountry. Snowshoeing in Big Bear’s serene snowy landscapes is an easy-to-pick-up skill and a family-friendly way to step away from the crowds and experience SoCal’s wilderness. There are miles upon miles of snowshoe trails here, most of which run through beautiful Jeffrey and Ponderosa pine forests and provide breathtaking views of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. Once you experience Big Bear’s winter landscapes on snowshoes, you’ll never want to take them off!
December through March
Los Angeles, CA, is 2,5 hours from Big Bear Lake
Beginner to advanced
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Big Bear Lake Snowshoe Tour
Make your way to Big Bear Lake for a multi-terrain snowshoe tour in SoCal’s winter wonderland! Experience the stunning and otherwise inaccessible trails among the Jeffrey and Ponderosa pine forests in Big Bear’s majestic backcountry. Your guide will take you to all the best-hidden and least-crowded routes, immersing you in the peace and quiet of the Big Bear wilderness.
Meet your guide
I’ve certainly hiked in my life but never with snowshoes. It was an extremely busy weekend on the mountain and this was an excellent escape from the crowds and resorts by taking a snow-covered hike into the wilderness. It can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. I happened to be with a group that was up for a challenge and we went into knee-deep, untouched snow which was a great workout in addition to a stunning backdrop that nature provided. It can be an easy “walk in the park” or it can be a true mountain challenge, Phil, our guide will help you make the most of your experience. He’s a delight to spend a few hours with and knows the trails – even when they are several feet under the snow. GREAT morning on the mountain. Special thanks to Jennifer in the office who made it all happen. Highly recommend snowshoeing and Action Tours!
Went out with Phil for a wonderful morning snowshoe tour. Loved it! Action tours was great at scheduling and accommodating me. First time snowshoeing, wasn’t sure what to expect, it was easy and so peaceful. I will definitely be back. A great option for moms and dads not interested in waiting at the crazy resorts while their kids are snowboarding.
Things to know
Covid measures in Big Bear Lake, California
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Big Bear Lake please refer to Visit California’s travel recommendations and Big Bear Lake’s COVID-19 updates.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified snowshoeing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Half a day of snowshoeing
- Snowshoes and trekking poles for the tour
- An after-tour hot chocolate or coffee
- All necessary equipment & training
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Big Bear Lake
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this snowshoeing adventure, you should be under 330 lbs, free from back, foot, heart or respiratory problems, and in generally good health. Other than that, there are no special physical requirements for this tour. Keep in mind that you will be on your feet snowshoeing for about 3 hours while carrying a backpack.
What if I’ve never snowshoed before?
Snowshoeing is easy and anyone can pick it up quickly. As the saying goes, “if you can walk, you can snowshoe”. If you’ve never snowshoed before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, and go through safety and correct snowshoeing techniques with you before heading out on the tour. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Wool or synthetic hat, headband, or balaclava
- Wide-brimmed hat or ball cap
- Gloves or mittens
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, long underwear, and socks
- Polyester fleece insulating mid-layer
- Extra clothing layers & socks
- Snow boots or waterproof hiking boots
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
- Thermos with a warm beverage
- Energy bars or snacks
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Small backpack or daypack
- Camera — optional, but highly recommended
Snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided by your guide at no extra cost. You are obligated to only use snowshoeing equipment provided by your guide.
Group sizes and age requirements
- This tour is not private. For this snowshoeing tour, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Snowshoeing in Big Bear Lake can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors as young as 10 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to snowshoe with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
If your group has snowshoers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Big Bear Lake, CA, most people fly into Los Angeles Airport about 2 hours southwest of Big Bear. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service straight to Big Bear Lake. Alternatively, you can take a local flight to Palm Springs and drive to Big Bear Lake.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.