Many hikes in the requion require an Adventure Pass – available at many gas stations and other vendor points scattered through the region. If planning to hike on multiple days, our tip is to purchase the passes for all the days you’ll be hitting the trails in one stop so you won’t waste time locating a point of purchase each day. It’s worth planning ahead to know which hikes you’ll be doing and if the pass is required.
A quick yet rewarding jaunt is Heart Rock Trail. This short 1.3 mile hike follows Seeley Creek to an overlook of a 20-foot waterfall next to a heart-shaped pool. A popular hike great for all ages.
The Will Abell Memorial Trail is particularly nice early in the morning or late evening for that sought after golden hour lighting. A 1.9 mile loop with a bit of elevation change and nice forest views. The trailhead is close to Stone Creek Bistro for a post-hike bite to eat.
For some elevation gain paired with great views or neighboring Big Bear Lake, Castle Rock Trail is our pick. This 2.7 out and back trail is moderately challenging due to the 820 foot elevation gain, but worth the climb for the panoramic views at the top. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Castle Rock sign on the right side of the trail so you don’t miss the turnoff that heads to the top.
The Pinnacles Trail begins in forested alpine terrain and as you ascend it quickly turns into a challenging bouldering and climbing trail as you approach the top third of the hike. On clear days, views of the Mojave desert are the payoff at the top. We recommend downloading a map prior to heading out as it can be easy to lose the trail for this 4.6 mile out and back trail.
Nearby the Pinnacles Trail you’ll find the Pinnacles OHV Staging Area to set off on an off-roading adventure. There is a wide variety of terrain from beginner to more advanced trails for 4×4 and side-by-side vehicles.
Since Lake Arrowhead is a private lake, the Lake Arrowhead Queen paddlewheel boat is one of the few ways for visitors to get out on the water. Hop on for a guided tour and a peek at the exclusive luxury homes that surround the lake. Tours are offered throughout the week and tickets can be purchased at LeRoy’s Boardshop.