Fawnskin: In the Woods

Fawnskin provides a doorway to the San Bernardino National Forest. You can go hiking, mountain biking, and camping in the summer, and snowshoeing in the winter through miles upon miles of trees and flowers. You can spend an afternoon in the forest, only to find your breath taken away by the view overlooking the lake.

The Discovery Center provides guides to hiking trails, information about the forest and its plants and wildlife, activities, and guided hiking and snowshoe tours. The Discovery Center also works closely with the Forest Service to coordinate the annual Bald Eagle Counts, a volunteer-staffed inventory of the eagles who make the Big Bear Valley their home.

Some of our hiking trails include:

  • Woodland Interpretive Trail
    1.5-mile loop; easy. This is a unique nature trail with 20 posted stops. Pick up a pamphlet at the entrance and take the self-guided tour to learn about botany, geology, and the wildlife of this dry woodland area.
  • Alpine Pedal Path
    2.5 miles long; very easy. This asphalt path meanders gently up and down, curving along the sparkling north shore of Big Bear Lake from the Stanfield Cutoff to the Solar Observatory.
  • Cougar Crest Trail
    4-5.5 miles round-trip; moderate to difficult. The Cougar Crest Trail starts .6 mile west of the Discovery Center on Hwy. 38. You will need an Adventure Pass (available for purchase at the Discovery Center) to park in the Trailhead parking area.
  • Gray's Peak Trail
    7 miles round-trip, moderate to difficult. This trailhead is in the center of a bald eagle wintering habitat area and is closed to all public use from November 1 to April 1.


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