Southern California is known for its sun-splashed beaches and palm trees, but fall is in full effect at Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR), with clear skies, cooler temps, and colorful leaves to give guests a true alpine autumn experience. Fall colors in Big Bear Lake and Running Springs typically start to show in September and October.

Here are some ways to enjoy all that autumn has to offer during your next visit to Big Bear Mountain Resort.


Scenic Sky Chair

Take in panoramic views of the San Bernardino National Forest on a mile-long ascent to the top of Snow Valley (elev. 7,841 feet) or Snow Summit (elev. 8,200 feet).

Sightseers of all ages are welcome and kids 12 and under ride free when accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase your Scenic Sky Chair tickets online in advance to get the best prices.

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Save even more by bundling a Scenic Sky Chair or Bike Park lift ticket with lunch at the Skyline Taphouse to experience Big Bear’s only mountaintop dining, featuring BBQ, full bar, and amazing vistas or at Snow Valley's base area Hideaway Grill.

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Mountain biker riding on a dirt trail with yellow flowers

Downhill & Cross-Country Mountain Biking

Snow Valley and Snow Summit are home to Southern California’s premier lift-served, gravity fed bike park, with trails and terrain for riders of all ages and ability levels, plus over 60 miles of cross-country trails directly accessible from the resort. As the leaves begin to change, remember that last chair is typically sometime in October, so grab some pumpkin spice goodness and get up here for your last laps of the season.

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Snow Valley and Snow Summit have hiking trails for guests to experience all the amazing fall foliage first hand.

The Bobsled Hiking Trail located at Snow Summit is a 2-mile footpath that traverses the forest canopy under Chair 1, with moderate incline/decline and panoramic views of the Big Bear Valley throughout the journey.

Hikers looking for a less rigorous route at Snow Summit can take the Scenic Sky Chair to the top of the mountain and explore the aptly named Mountain Top Loop trail on a 1-mile excursion that starts and ends at Skyline Taphouse Although not quite as aggressive as the Bobsled Trail, the trail is still considered an intermediate trail and proper aggressive tread footwear is strongly recommended.

Snow Valley's Longhorn hiking trail offers amazing views of the infamous Slide Peak, views of the west, rock formations, and more. For those looking for a smoother, less daunting trek, guests must take Chair 1 up to access this 3/4 mile loop and enjoy the alpine good times before taking the lift back to the base.

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Two trees with red and yellow fall colors

Bear Mountain Golf Course

Cooler temps and crisp, sunny days are perfect for golfing. Make time for nine at Bear Mountain Golf Course and enjoy the benefits of playing at 7,000 feet with the San Bernardino Mountains as your backdrop. During the fall, the colors of the trees lining the course show off their amber and orange hues which make playing a round that much more colorful.

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Cruise the Lake on a Bike

Enjoy a family cruise through the Village or take a leisure lap around the scenic Big Bear Lake Pedal Path. Rent a bike directly from the BBMR Visitors Center Station and be in center of Big Bear Lake's shopping, dining, and lake waterfront. Spend the day cruising the lake while being surrounded by plush trees that show their fall colors. This ride will truly wow you as you gaze into the forest while riding along the lake.

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About Big Bear Mountain Resort

Big Bear Mountain Resort is Southern California’s premier year-round alpine destination, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and golf in the summer. Widely regarded as one of the most innovate and influential destinations in the snow sports and mountain biking industries, Big Bear Mountain Resort features three properties – Snow Valley, Snow Summit, and Bear Mountain – that have been pushing the progression of skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking for over 75 years while offering distinctive experiences for guests seeking outdoor adventure, including the largest beginner areas, highest-lift served peak, and only halfpipes in Southern California as well as the region’s best lift-served bike park and an idyllic 9-hole course.

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Mountain Resort is easily accessible from most points in Southern California. In 2017, Big Bear Mountain Resort was acquired by Alterra Mountain Company and designated as a member destination of the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes, connecting over 40 of the most iconic mountains across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Chile to deliver authentic, memorable snow adventures.

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