Guided Hiking Tours with the Hungry Mountaineer

Love to hit the trails of Big Bear Lake but have no idea where to go? Let the Hungry Mountaineer hiking guide take you and your friends and family on some of the best hikes that Big Bear Lake has to offer!

I’ve been hosting guided hikes throughout the San Bernardino National Forest for the past five years, taking guests on snowy family-friendly hikes under the pines to all-day adventures up to the top of San Gorgonio at 11,503 feet. (The highest mountain in southern California)

I offer seasonable hikes and snowshoe tours for beginning hikers to advanced hikers from Lake Arrowhead to Running Springs to all over the Big Bear Valley and also areas down near Jenk’s Lake.

Hike through the pretty Snow Forest Resort to Grand View Point

Moderate hike
2 hours tour
($36 per person)

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This steep hike I would consider a little harder, moderate and takes just over two hours to trek the full loop depending on your hiking speed. This hike gives you great lake views as well as a view over the valley at Grand View Point.

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Bluff Lake hiking tour with car transportation included

easy hike
2 hours tour
($50 per person)

I offer this hike to Bluff Lake from spring until around November when the dirt road is closed for the season. (I also offer guided snowshoe treks to Bluff Lake in the winter but this is an advanced hike with over 1,000 feet of altitude gain and much more intense) Bluff Lake is one of the prettiest areas in the Big Bear Valley and a hidden gem in the southern California Mountains. A lot of Big Bear residents don’t even know about Bluff lake, hidden three miles down a dirt road amidst the pines. This is an easy, meandering hike, once I drive my hikers up to Bluff lake in my all wheel drive vehicle.

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Winter snow hike or snowshoe tour with possible donkey sightings

Easy hike

2 hours tour

($45 per person) 

The best thing about my easy and family-friendly winter snow hike is we have a great chance to see wild donkeys who live in this area. I would say I see wild donkeys on this hike about eighty percent of the time when I go out on this snow trek. I usually lead this hike early in the a.m. hours, the best time to spot donkeys. (However, donkey sightings are not guaranteed) With or without donkey sightings this is a gorgeous winter hike with wonderful snowy views.

This winter hike is one of my easiest hikes I offer and is great for kids and families. I offer this hike in different areas during the winter depending on how much snow we have at the time.

I always advise my guests if they need to rent snowshoes ahead of time for the winter hikes and the very best place to rent them in Big Bear lake.

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Hike through the autumn colors with the Hungry Mountaineer

moderate hike
2 hours tour
($35 per person)

My autumn hike through the fall colors is one of my absolute favorites. It takes an expert guide to know exactly where and when the fall colors peak in the Big Bear Valley. Mid October to early November is the best time of year to witness fall colors in the Big Bear valley. Let the Hungry Mountaineer guide you through a rainbow of fall colors this coming October!

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Big Bear sunset hike with wine and gluten-free delicious snacks prepared by the Hungry mountaineer

Easy hike
2 hours tour
($70 per person)

If you love a mountain sunset the way I do then book this hike today! I offer this hike about eighty percent of the year when the dirt road to get to the trailhead is not covered in snow. Transportation on the dirt road to the trailhead provided in my all-wheel-drive SUV. What’s better than doing a short and easy hike to watch the sunset? Why if your hiking guide brings wine and gluten-free delicious snacks, of course! One bottle of wine, red or white is provided with booking, as well as gluten-free homemade cheese crackers for my guests.

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The best-secluded swimming hole hike in southern California

 

Hiking to Deep Creek to swim in the summer months is one of my favorite things to do in our mountain communities. I, however, do not like the trash and crowds at our popular swimming holes. Luckily, the Hungry Mountaineer knows the best-hidden swimming holes located in the San Bernardino National Forest. From May until September these hidden swimming holes are a tranquil place to spend an afternoon.

Moderate hike
2 hours tour
($40 a person)

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All-day hiking tour to the top of San Gorgonio

Advanced hike,
10-14 hours hiking time depending on the speed of the group
($200 a person)

Hiking to the top of San Gorgonio is a tough and rewarding day on the trails of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. I’m an expert on the trails in this area and my guided up Vivian Creek Trail to the summit is not for the beginning hiker. This trek up into the forest contains some of the very best views you will find in southern California. It is a sixteen-mile round trip hike and usually takes all day, especially when you stop to take breaks and have lunch at the summit. Having a guide to accompany you on this trek is very helpful as I can advise you before the hike on the proper equipment to use, and the best foods to fuel your body. I also know where all the seasonal water sources are if you wish to pump water along the trek.

This is an all-day hike, meeting up just after sunrise and finishing the hike before sunset. Not only will I lead you and your group on this hike but I will also offer advice on how to train for this hike to the top of this mountain, the tallest mountain in southern California at 11,503 feet. Summiting “Öld Greyback” is quite a challenge and having a hiking guide who has hiked these trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness hundreds of times can make your day on the trail safer and more fun

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All inquiries about booking a hike please email

Hungrymountaineer@gmail.com