View of Snow Valley Mountain Resort




This pic shows what the Snow Valley Mountain Resort (near Big Bear Lake) looks like during the summer when no snow is present and was taken from the Butler Peak Fire Lookout.   This ski area is the oldest in California, dating back to 1924.

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Big Bear Discovery Center


The Big Bear Discovery Center is on the north side of Big Bear Lake and is a great place to stop and view informative displays, get questions answered, buy passes, use the restroom, etc.  And kids love to get their picture taken with the bear statue.

Links:   BBDC     previous related post

Big Bear Solar Observatory


The Big Bear Solar Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Their newest solar telescope has a 1.6 meter clear aperture and is the largest aperture solar telescope in the world.  Tours are offered from 2-3pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.  I love the stark whiteness of the building against the blue and green of its surroundings.

Links:      BBSO (tour info, webcams, latest images)

Classic Cars Invade Big Bear Lake


A couple of weeks ago we caught just the beginning of the 27th Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run held at Big Bear Lake.  Over 500 classic cars were expected with a highlight of the weekend being a cruise around the lake by everything from restored stock vehicles to wild hot rods.  The pic above shows one of our favorites!

View from Butler Peak Fire Lookout


Last week I posted a pic of the Butler Peak Fire Lookout (see link below).  Today I am posting a pic of the awesome view of Big Bear Lake that the Lookout offers.  You can see most of the lake including the airport at the far end.

Links:    Butler Peak Fire Lookout

Jenks Lake


Jenks Lake is a beautiful little mountain lake located off Highway 38, twenty eight miles from Big Bear Lake.  Sitting at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers fishing from a wooden pier or from shore.  A hiking trail (with picnic tables and restrooms) runs along the parking lot side of the lake.  We want to return and do a little kayaking.

Links:    NFS

Butler Peak Fire Lookout


The road to the Butler Peak Fire Lookout (north of Big Bear Lake) reopened to the public in July 2016 after being closed for 9 years.  Sitting at 8,535 feet atop a tangle of rocks, the lookout offers a commanding 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains.  Fire Lookout Host volunteers James and Mark gave us a great overview of its history and function.  Check with the Big Bear Discovery Center to make sure it’s open before you go.

Links:   Fire Lookout Host Program