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Groups and Events Calendar
Posted: 08-Dec-18
Local event calendar and highway information for lodging guests, groups and all mountain travelers.
Family friendly places to stay with your pet in Big Bear Lake California. Year-round AAA approved resort
and cabin facilities
designed to accommodate & provide amenities and activities for groups of 20 to 200
in the heart of scenic Big Bear Lake. 

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Snow Summit Resort, Southern California's home for year-round outdoor fun opens at Snow Summit Nov. 16. 
Bear Mountain is expected to open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 23. All "Bear Only" passes 
will be good at Summit 

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Ski Resorts open for the
2018/2019 Season!

October 15, 2018- Big Bear preparing for heavy rain/snow from future El Nino storms.
10-15-18 first snow. Big Bear  travelers are booking FALL & WINTER dates

 Driving - Romantic Big Bear. 

City lights begin to fade
as we drive toward the mountains.
Music flows out of the speakers
as we try to think of something to say.
Cool November night sky lies overhead
as we travel along the interstate.
I sit in the passenger seat
watching you drive and smile,
wishing we can keep driving until the road ends.

Now, as we return toward the city.
Conversation glows around the car
with no music from the speakers.
Cool Autumn night sky lies overhead
as we travel along the interstate
I sit in the same passenger seat
as I always have been
while I watch you smile and drive.
I want us to keep driving until the road ends.

Winter is one of the best times for a Mountain Lake Escape to Big Bear.  
Gather family and friends to experience the mountains, a celebration of pumpkin spice, 
the glory of mountain sweater weather and the best leaf colors this side of New England. 

Pineknot Trail begins at the Aspen Glen Picnic area. In the fall, you'll get an eyeful of brilliant yellow at the trailhead with the more subtle autumn colors of the oaks as you get further up the trail. The red-barked manzanita is covered in berries that attract local deer early in the morning and at sundown. Plenty of photo ops. The trail crosses the road at the 2N08, skirts alongside Deer Group Camp and you wind up at the 2N10 where another sign will direct you to Grandview Point. Follow this trail for another quarter mile and you will top out at 7,784' with spectacular views of Mt. San Gorgonio. There are a lot of elevation changes on this trail, with beautiful forest views.

Intermediate/Difficult | 6-mile hike or ride | Round trip

Golden Autumn Leaves:  Castle Rock Trail: Photo Credit: Ruth Hager

Castle Rock Trail

On Castle Rock Trail you'll wind your way through a dense forest trail of pine and oak trees. Scramble up impressive boulder outcroppings for panoramic views of Big Bear Lake. The autumn leaves make Castle Rock Trail a favorite fall hike for locals and visitors. This trail has a steep climb that will get your heart pumping for the first half-mile and then levels out as you make your way towards Castle Rock.

Intermediate | 2-mile hike | Round trip

For more information on Big Bear Lake and launching visit: Big Bear Municipal Water District
November 1, 2018 - Big Bear Lake is still open and the 2018 season promises to 
be the best Fall we've seen in years. 
The lake is up over five feet from last year and we still have a lot more snow in the mountains 
that will produce good runoff, filling the lake even more. 
For more information on Big Bear Lake and launching visit: Big Bear Municipal Water District

Summit Bike Park - OPEN 4 FALL
As the premier MTB destination in Southern
California, Snow Summit has a diverse mix of
trails and terrain for riders of all ages and ability
levels, including a gravity fed park with lift-served
access to six trails and a Skill Builder Park with
pump tracks, jump line, and pro line. Riders can
also explore 60+ miles of cross-country trails that
are directly accessible from the Summit base and
mountaintop areas.

Save on Scenic Sky Chair & Bike Park Lift Tickets...

Fall is here but the lifts are open. Save big on Scenic Sky Chair and Bike Park tickets when you purchase at least 72 hrs in advance.

Groups and events:  Golden Bear Cottages at Big Bear Lake, California

OCTOBER 15, 2018 Visit our local NWS office at:
ENSO-neutral to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2018, with 
El Niño most likely thereafter (2018-19). The forecaster consensus favors the onset of 
El Niño during the Northern Hemisphere fall, which then continues through winter. 
The chance for El Niño increasing to about 65% during fall, and to about 
70-80% during winter 2018-19. This means more rain for the Southwestern 
United States which includes snow for the mountains of Southern California

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Fishing Tournaments and Derbies

  • May 18-20 - Big Bear Lake Spring Fishing Festival - Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • June 9-10 - Fishin' for $50k - Big Bear Visitor's Bureau
  • June 16-17 - 15th Annual Big Bear Lake Carp Round-Up - Big Bear Municipal Water District
  • June 22-24 - Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series - Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • June 27-29 - Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series - Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • August 17-19-Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series-Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • September 14-16-Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series-Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • October 6-7-Big Bear TroutFest-Western Outdoor News

Types of Fish

Rainbow trout is the most popular species of fish found in Big Bear Lake, as its depths 
allow rainbow trout to thrive, even in the heat of summer. Summertime also brings other 
species to the lake like largemouth bass, channel catfish, and a variety of panfish, which 
make great fishing for younger anglers.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts - Southern California's only year-round destination for 
cool high-altitude adventure. 
#check out everything going on and get ready for YEAR-ROUND mountain fun.


Horseback riding at Bear Valley Farms
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Autumn in Big Bear is filled with fun for the whole family. From old-fashioned hayrides and a Sunflower Spiral at Bear Valley Farms to the newest high-flying fun at Action Tours, the 'Pumpkin Smash'. Peek in on the animals at night with a Flashlight Safari at the Zoo at the Zoo and learn all about wolves at Wolf Awareness Day.
Fall hikes in the forest and mountain bike rides down the Alpine Pedal Path are spectacular at this time of year. Fall Color Tours in Big Bear. Fall Outdoor Adventures in Big Bear. Trees change colors in Big Bear Lake, CA. Experience fall in its true beauty by watching the leaves change in Big Bear Lake, CA.

Another way to see the beauty of Big Bear in the fall is with a tour. See the colors of the season splashed along the shore with a 90-minute tour on board the Miss Liberty or the Big Bear Pirate Ship. Fly over the forest with Helicopter Big Bear to get spectacular views of the colorful tapestry of leaves changing on the trees below.
Glide up the mountain on the Scenic Sky Chair and get a glimpse of fall colors before the snow flies. Take a guided 4x4 tour with Big Bear Jeep Experience or Action Tours - Segway special Fall Colors Tour and drive right through the autumn leaves.

Throughout October everything gets a little spookier with the Big Bear Scare. Check out the Haunted Hayrides when 'Scare Valley Farms' comes alive with the 'undead'. Boo at the Zoo is perfect for little ones who want to parade around in their costumes and Halloween in The Village is a Trick-or-Treat tradition for the entire family… yes, even your pet.
Trees Change Colors In The Village of Big Bear Lake, CA
Fall Outdoor Adventures Big Bear. The Village in downtown Big Bear Lake is lined with scarlet red maples and bright yellow cottonwoods. Quaint shops are filled with the warmer colors of the season and the menus switch over to heartier fare. In the evening, you can stroll through the lamplit Village and warm yourself beside one of the softly-glowing firepits.

The Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival is mid-September through early November and features creative fall scarecrow displays throughout The Village, adding even more autumn charm to our central shopping and dining hub.

Autumn Hiking and Mountain Biking Adventures in Big Bear. Fall Outdoor Adventures Big Bear.

A couple enjoys a hike in one of the many hiking spots in and around Big Bear Lake, California
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Three of the best trails for hiking in Big Bear Lake and mountain biking to view fall color are on the South Shore; Town Trail, Pine Knot Trail and Castle Rock Trail.

You can drive, hike or ride up Mill Creek Rd./Skyline Trail (2N10) to Bluff Lake Reserve for a quiet walk through some of the prettiest autumn scenery in Big Bear. Hike the Siberia Creek Trail from the Champion Lodgepole Pine and see the forest floor covered with brilliant yellow and rust-colored ferns.
For the avid camper, Pineknot Campground is open until late October and Serrano Campground is open until the end of November.

Fall Fishing in Big Bear Lake.
A fisherman enjoys a nice fall day fishing on Big Bear Lake
Throw on your favorite plaid flannel, grab your Stanley thermos, find your lucky fishing pole and head up to Big Bear Lake. The fish are definitely biting this season. Set up your camp chair on the shoreline and settle in for a relaxing day of fishing in Big Bear Lake. Along the North Shore there are popular places to drop a line, especially close to the dam. The marinas close in late October, so try one of the local sporting goods stores for bait and tackle in November.

Fall Romance
Fall is a perfect time to surprise your special someone with an autumn getaway to Big Bear Lake. Book a rustic cabin nestled in the forest or a beautiful hotel suite with all the modern conveniences. Pamper yourselves with a romantic dinner for two followed by an in-room couples' massage. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to share in front of a roaring fireplace. For romantic outdoor adventure, pack a picnic, grab a trail map and head out to Pine Knot Trail for a day of playing in the woods. Rent a bike or kayak for a day of leisurely pedaling or paddling along the shore.

Have the trail map and other features with you on your hike.
Come cool off at 8,200 feet with access to an extensive network of Forest Service trails, 
and two on-site trails at Snow Summit: Mountain Top Loop and Log Chute Trail.

Hiking with dogs provides health benefits to both the pets and the owners, as well as deepening their bond through shared experiences. We've got you and Fido covered with dog friendly hikes in Big Bear
The Pet friendly cabins at Golden Bear Cottages have fenced yards 4 your pet

Check out our Big Bear Info Page and find out the
Best places to stay during your visit to Big Bear Lake 

See cool Big Bear Weather report below.
We hope to see you in Big Bear Lake soon 


We got over 69" of snow this season. Great for the trees and the lake too!
Travelers to Big Bear Lake are booking HOLIDAY and winter dates now.Secure the right size holiday vacation rental today, and have the perfect 

Stay updated on road conditions before heading up.

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SPRING is already here, there's still time to make outdoor reservations for camping
in Big Bear Lake National Forest Service camp grounds that book up in advance.
Big Bear campgrounds April 1 to November 30! Both tent camping or RV camping.
Big Bear's mild Summer temperatures make it a perfect escape for all ages of campers.
Start planing your camping getaway by visiting: this campground reservation site

Big Bear Lake 2018 - Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Events

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Trails are open and we are here with the best deals on Lodging

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 Golden Bear Cottages offers our guests a propane fired group fire pit by reservation.

 Big Bear Lake welcomes our guests and groups with open arms.
AAA approved cabins in Big Bear Lake at Golden Bear Cottages family resort...
We accommodate groups from 20 to 200 guests. Take a Big Bear lake bus tour and be our guest. Fascinating surroundings and colorful history of Big Bear Lake, California. Make your group's destination Big Bear for fun all year. Top AAA approved big cabins in Big Bear Lake
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this WINTER and SPRING, here are some traveler tips...

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ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Head up to cool Big Bear where the lake is filled with fun activities
and the forest is perfect for learning about nature through the forest on one of our many trails.
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The natural alpine scenery that surrounds cool Big Bear Lake, from lakeside to the
mountaintops, creates stunning backdrops for events, which explains why so many
events are held each year at the mountain resort. Summer is the perfect fit for
festivities, with a deep blue lake at center stage, thousands of shady trees swaying
to the sounds of nature, and cool mountain breezes providing a natural air conditioning
system for those looking to escape the heat.


In the fall the most notable event is the annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest,
the highest-altitude Oktoberfest celebration in the United States. For 46 years, this event
has attracted thousands of visitors to enjoy German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands,
traditional dances and competitions, such as the Queen Stein Carrying Contest.


Another fall staple is The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. It's where cinema meets
the fresh alpine air. It showcases the emerging talents of screenwriters and independent
filmmakers on the silver screen, all brimming with creativity. For three days audience members
choose from documentaries, shorts and feature-length films, some moving, some daring, some
thought-provoking, and others downright hilarious. The film festival is also a forum for those
interested in all aspects of the film industry. 


Of course the lake is teeming with rainbow trout, which means it's only natural to have fishing
tournaments such as the May Trout Classic, Fishing for $50K and the 
October TroutfesT. There's
even a way to win some big bucks! And all it takes is some fishing gear, bait, patience and a little
luck. Anglers have the opportunity to catch a tagged trout worth $50,000 at 
Big Bear Lake's
Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby in June.

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It only makes sense to kick off the summer months with a cool celebration to honor the great
outdoors. National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day (hosted by the 
Big Bear Discovery Center)
does just that, providing both traditional and innovative new ways to experience mother nature up
close and personal. Open Air Big Bear takes it to the next level by promoting a healthy lifestyle with
events to inspire people to get outside and stay active with a series of outdoor events with "altitude,"
such as
Team Big Bear's Mountain Bike Shootouts, Gran Fondo, Big Bear Lake Paddlefest,
Grizzly Stage Race and Endure the Bear Trail Run.
 In fact, the Open Air Big Bear series challenges
individuals to the best of their abilities to finish each race to become part of "Conquer the Bear."
It's a challenge that will change your life! Those looking for a more casual pace can choose from c
ommunity group bike rides sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association or nature walks, canoe
tours, and kayak tours offered by the 
Discovery Center every weekend from May to October.


Snow covered mountains in winter means ski and snowboard competitions at both
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain
. Christmas in the Village kicks off the holiday season
with strolling musicians, Victorian-style carolers, Christmas tree lighting ceremony and
of course, Santa Claus. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders descend down the
mountain at Snow Summit's annual New Year's Eve torchlight parade.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort is building Southern California's 1st and ONLY 
High Speed, 6 Passenger, Detachable Lift which will open in December for 
the 2018 Winter Season.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, photos, and video 
of the All New Snow Valley Express!


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Construction of the Snow Valley Express is now complete! 

The new addition to Snow Valley will be SoCal's 1st and only 
High-Speed 6 Passenger Detachable Lift, which can transport 
2,600 people per hour. Guests can expect to travel over 3/4 of 
a mile in approximately 4.6 minutes.

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Big Bear's Lake favorite family style cabins and group lodging vacation spot: world famous Golden Bear Cottages

Golden Bear Cottages is pleased to offer many additional services for our guests including group and retreat
planning at our office located on our AAA approved, Diamond rated rustic resort property during your

vacation or big retreat with us. See us for Big Bear Retreats for College and High school Sports Teams group
travel and Track Clubs. 


Golden Bear Cottages is the only lodging resort to offer Tempur-Pedic queen beds.

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