Big Bear Lake, part of Bernardino National Forest, lies in the southern middle portion of California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Big Bear Lake is home to many private residents, marinas, public parks, and lodges.
Throughout the summer season, guests and locals alike can enjoy the spectacular mountain views while swimming, fishing, wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, or sailing, among many other activities. The Lake has a number of shaded picnic areas where visitors can grill out, play horseshoes, or even swing a racket in a game of tennis.
The best news yet? All of the Big Bear Lake beaches along Highway 38 are dog-friendly! You simply take the "Alpine Pedal Path" to get there. The entire path is about a 5-mile round trip path, most of it being paved. You will find access areas to the Lake and shoreline beaches throughout the path. Further, a number of the cabins along the Lake provide for pet-friendly lodging, making it easy to plan a trip with the whole fam, including your furry members. Just be aware of additional dog fees that may be charged per night.
It is important to remember that while the Lake is a sandy, sunny time, the Big Bear Lake lies within a mountain environment. This means diverse wildlife, like raccoons and wolves, are prevalent. Because of this, you should never leave your pooch unattended, and it is recommended that you keep your dog on a leash while in public areas. This way, your pup stays safe and secure throughout your summer travels.
If you really want your pup to roam free, just be certain that your pup will not wonder away. The mountain environment has a number of new smells and spaces that may be quite intriguing to your pup. Just remember to proceed with caution.