Big Bear Lake is located in Southern California on the edge of the fish-filled Big Bear Lake. The town is known for their ski resorts, scenic downtown that is covered with gift shops and restaurants, and the rolling San Bernardino National Forest. Although it is a small city in San Bernardino County, Big Bear Lake is a fantastic spot to take your dog for a fun hike along the Alpine Pedal Path or Grand View Point Trail.
If you and your dog are more for relaxing and sun bathing, then be sure to check out Big Bear Lake Beaches or Boathouse Dog Beach, a perfect spot for Fido to run around and splash in the water and for you to grab a drink. There are six veterinary hospitals to choose from to bring your pup to, and a pet supply store, Waggin’ Tails, for all your dog’s needs.
Big Bear Lake features many cabins to relax overnight in that your dog is more than welcome to stay at. Since Big Bear Lake is a tourist area, most of the hotels and cabins located within the city welcome your dog as a guest. All Seasons Alpine Resort, Snow Summit Ski Cabins, Four Season Getaway at Big Bear, and Best Western Big Bear Chateau are just a few locations that welcomes dogs.
The Alpine Pedal Path is a lovely 3.5-mile asphalt trail that is perfect to take your dog for an awesome jog or walk. The trail has a beautiful scenic view, and there are a lot of access points to the various lakes and beaches that surround Big Bear Lake. Your dog is welcome to walk around the path aslong as he remains leashed. Make sure to bring water for your pup and clean-up bags since there are none along the trail. There are benches along the path that are perfect for a rest stop. If you are looking for another trail to explore, check out the Bertha Peak Trail. This trail is 6.2-miles and a great trail for beginners to explore. The trail is popular with runners and families, so you won’t be alone on your adventure.
Big Bear Lake welcomes your dog to accompany you to the beach and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun. It doesn’t matter what side of the beach you take your dog to since the entire beach is dog friendly. If you’re up for an adventure, check out China Island which has rocks you can jump off. If you want a safer environment, head to Meadow Park since it always has lifeguards on duty. Be sure to watch your dog when he is swimming in the water since there are often boats in this area. If you would rather hike than swim, check out the Grand View Point Trail. This easy 6-mile hike takes you through San Bernardino National Forest which Fido will love exploring. The trail is mainly dirt, so watch your dog’s feet, and remember to bring water with you. If you’re in search of a dog park and great food, then look no further then the Boathouse Dog Beach. This pawesome establishment welcomes dogs to join you off-leash where they can enjoy a beach bar, great food, numerous games like volleyball and horseshoes, and a boat tie if you decide to come up from the lake.
If you and your dog are new to the hiking trail, then be sure to check out the Castle Rock Trail. This trail is an easy 1.6-mile hike that takes you through the San Bernardino National Forest and only takes about an hour to complete. The hike has a beautiful scenic view of the lake and there is a small stream that runs along the trail. This hike is a little way out of the busy city of Big Bear Lake and your dog will love the peacefulness that surrounds you two as you hike. You will be walking along a lot of rocks during the hike, so be sure to check your dog’s feet and bring some water along.
If hunger calls after a fun adventure, you are in luck in this neighborhood. Broadway Café has an outdoor patio that welcomes your dog to join you for a bite to eat and offers an array of food from fried zucchini to BBQ brisket sandwiches. Thelma’s Twin Pine Restaurant serves hearty breakfasts plus pasta and steak. They love when your pup joins you in the outside seating. The Big Bear Mountain Brewery serves craft beers plus sandwiches and burgers. Their outside patio welcomes your dog to join you for a nice lunch. If you are visiting and need a place to stay, Big Bear City is surrounded by numerous cabins that welcome your dog . Check out Tao Cabin, Viola Haven, or Relaxing Mountain Retreat for a pawsome night in with your best pup.
If you're visiting Fawnskin and need to eat, head to North Shore Café which has a beautiful outdoor patio that welcomes your dog to join you for a yummy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Locals say that the patio is always filled with dogs enjoying their time and dog parents enjoying their meals. If you’re looking for a great hike, be sure to check out the Grays Peak Trail. The trail is a 7-mile hike located on the North side of the lake that leads to the backside of the mountain. Although walking this trail will make you lose view of the water, you will still have an amazing view of the open vistas. You and your pup will love the peacefulness of communing with nature.