Sugarloaf is a small community nestled in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. Named after one of the nearby peaks, this small town sits at about 7,000 feet above sea level. It is also stocked with many vacation homes and has a fluctuating population. Since it is less than 10 miles from Big Bear Lake and Bear Mountain Ski Resort, Sugarloaf is just minutes from pawsome outdoor fun. But, if your pooch needs care while staying in Sugarloaf, she’ll have to travel a few minutes north to Bear City for the nearest veterinary clinic.
Since it is on the small side, Sugarloaf only has one
park to call its own. Grab your pal’s leash and take him to Sugarloaf Park for
some fresh air and sunshine. Not only does this park have ball fields, sport
courts, and a playground, it also has a furrific walking path with exercise
stations. Your furry friend can stretch his four legs as he trots around the
trail, or he can sniff his way around the grassy fields. Picnic facilities are
available, so bring a sandwich, and a biscuit or two for your pup, and stay for
lunch. You’ll enjoy views of the pine covered mountains while you dine with
No bones about it, your pup will love spending time in Sugarloaf!
Woodlands is a small community in Big Bear City and the home of Erwin Lake Park. Just a bone’s throw away from Sugarloaf, this community park is a convenient spot for an afternoon walk with your canine companion. A paved walking path circles the park. It’s not very long, so if you have an energetic pooch, she’ll probably need to take several laps. Since two legged locals love to take advantage of the park’s playground and volleyball court, there will be plenty of opportunity for your pup to practice her socialization skills. Bring some water for your pup so she can have a refreshing post workout drink.
If you’re feeling hungry, the City Center of Big Bear City is the place to be. Big Bear Mountain Brewery has both a pawsome atmosphere and delicious menu items, not to mention the many craft beers available. Outside patio seating welcomes four legged guests. Thelma’s Twin Pine Restaurant is another great pet friendly option. This homey place serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Grab a seat on the patio, so your dog can hang out by your side. Your pal will feel right at home on the patio seating at Broadway Café. You can munch on a juicy burger while she enjoys her own bowl of water and a biscuit.
A trip to the Big Bear Discovery Center is a must. As the largest visitor’s center in the Big Bear Valley, it is a pup-ular stop for learning all about the San Bernardino Mountains. Leashed pets are welcome to join enjoy the exhibits and interpretive tours. Once your pal is up to speed on the area’s natural history, take him out on one of the nearby pet friendly hikes to experience the beauty firsthand. Cougar Crest Trail is a moderate trail that runs about 4.5 miles. For something a bit easier, follow The Woodland Trail, a 1.5 mile interpretive nature trail. As always, remember to bring enough water to keep your pup hydrated.
Is your pooch ready for some time in the great outdoors? Head over to Big Bear Lake and check out Pine Knot Trail. You’ll find the trailhead at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Let your leashed pup be the guide as you follow the trail through pines and fir trees to Grand View Point, where she’ll soak in the beautiful vistas of the Big Bear Lake, rugged peaks and forests. The terrain is fairly mild so this six mile round trip hike shouldn’t be too difficult. Remember, this is bear country, so keep a close eye on your pooch.
Castle Rock Trail is one of Big Bear Lake’s most pup-ular hikes, and it’s easy to see why. Your pup will love hiking to the top of this peak and looking out over Big Bear Lake and the surrounding beauty. Once you are at the summit, you’ll find a cluster of large granite boulders that’s perfect for climbing. This hike is short, but it packs a punch. Although it’s only a mile to the top, you gain over 700 feet in elevation. The good news is that there are plenty of oak and pine trees to keep the trail shady and cool. This trail will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!