There are lots of big views in Big Bear, so when something’s named Grand View Point, you know it’s going to be good. To get there, follow the 6.6-mile (round-trip) Pineknot Trail, weaving up through a forest of Jeffery pines and white firs, past cascading creeks, and along mountain meadows specked with purple lupine and crimson Indian paintbrush. Catch over-the-shoulder views of Big Bear Lake while gradually climbing 850 feet to Grand View Point overlooking a beautiful green valley. To the southeast, 10,840-foot Anderson Peak looms. To the southwest, the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains disappear into the flatlands and the city of Redlands. This hike’s a grand occasion.
BONUS: Post-hike, enjoy a cold one at the Big Bear Mountain Brewery (on Big Bear Boulevard, one block west of Mill Creek Road), the best (and only) brewery in town. Pair your fish and chips with a pint of signature Red Ant Hill red ale.
Pineknot Trail begins in Aspen Glen Picnic Area. From Big Bear Village, drive half a mile west on Big Bear Blvd. and turn left onto Mill Creek Rd. Proceed 1/3 of a mile to the picnic area on the left. An Adventure Pass is required to park. Pineknot Trail begins from the left side of the parking area. The wide gravel trail quickly narrows to a dirt path, which crosses dirt roads twice en route to the point. Follow the signs for Pineknot Trail or 1E01 across the roads at miles 2 and 3 to reach the point. Dog-friendly!