Top Lake Arrowhead Hikes
Lake Arrowhead Communities offer some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country. The famous Pacific Crest Trail runs through here and is accessed by Hook Creek Road in Cedar Glen.
Grab a picnic lunch at Jensen’s Minute Shoppe and have a picnic at Splinter’s Cabin, the trailhead for PCT and Deep Creek. Stop by our one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in Cedar Glen before or after your hike. Antique and treasure hunt at Shop Road Trip, Wildflowers at the Lake, The Lake House, or Boys & Girls Club Resale Boutique, Cedar Station. Dine at the Malt Shop or RBs Steakhouse. Catch a Yoga class or work out at Bullworx Fitness.
Hikes along Deep Creek are scenic hikes and provide the opportunity to dip into waters of varying degrees along the many “pools” along the Creek. Deep Creek Hot Springs offers three pools for hot-water soaking in the shade of the cottonwoods while Aztec Falls offers swimming and cliff diving.
Our Top Recommended Hikes are below. The downloadable map correlates to the number of the hike.
For more hikes & information, visit the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.
NATURE LOOP IN LAKE GREGORY REGIONAL PARK (No Marked Number)
2.5 Mile Loop, Easy Walk
This lakeside trail begins from the back of the South Beach Parking area in Lake Gregory Regional Park.
From Highway 18, take Lake Gregory Drive to San Moritz Drive. Turn Right on San Moritz and look for the Parking area on your left.
This is a great hike for dogs.
STRAWBERRY PEAK FIRE TOWER
To get an impressive view of the San Bernardino Valley without having to spend a full day hiking, head to this tower on the top of Strawberry Peak. Located off Highway 18, head up Bear Springs Rd. to a two-mile paved road that drops you right at the foot of the tower (an elevation of 6,135 feet). After just three stories of stairs up the 80-foot tower, you’ll be greeted with an amazing vantage of the Inland Empire and its cities, as well as the surrounding mountains of Mount Baldy and Cucamonga Peak.
SEELEY CREEK TRAIL / HEART ROCK – 4W07 (#4)
A favorite photo-op spot coveted by locals (and Instagrammers), Heart Rock is a geological anomaly that lies at the end of the half-mile Seeley Creek trail in Crestline, less than 10 miles from the resort. The perfectly heart-shaped pool was carved out of the rock by the Seeley Creek waterfall centuries ago. Now, the fall cascades into a different pool, creating the perfect backdrop for your heart rock photo.
1 Mile Each Way, Easy Walk in Crestline
To reach this short trail turn left on FS Road 2N03 at the entrance to Camp Seeley on Highway 138.
Proceed ¼ mile to the trailhead, marked “Heart Rock 4W07”.
This easy hike follows Seeley Creek to an overlook called “Heart Rock” which marks the trail’s end.
The gentle grade of this trail makes it an excellent walk for all ages. The Adventure Pass is not required at this trailhead.
DEEP CREEK/SPLINTERS CABIN – PACIFIC CREST TRAIL (ACCESS POINT #6)
Moderately Difficult Hikes in Cedar Glen
Located on Hook Creek Rd. in Cedar Glen (off Hwy. 173) Drive to end of Hook Creek Rd.
The road becomes a forest service dirt road. Stay left when the road forks.
Soon you will see an open gate on the right leading to a ½ mile drive to the picnic & restroom area.
An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Follow the signs to Deep Creek and the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from the Mexican border to the Canadian border so you can choose your own distance on this one.
NORTH SHORE NATIONAL RECREATIONAL TRAIL – 3W12 & 2N25 (NEAR # 6)
1.7 Miles Each Way, Moderately Difficult
Begins near site #11 at the North Shore Campground in Lake Arrowhead
2 ways to reach the hiking trail
To Reach trail #2N25:
Take Hospital Rd. (off Hwy. 173) When you drive up Hospital Rd. you will see a road on your left & a North Shore Campground sign.
Park along the road outside the campground. Proceed to site #11 where you will see the North Shore Recreation Trail sign
To Reach Trail #3W12:
Turn east on Torrey Road opposite the Lake Arrowhead Marina (on Hwy. 173)
Turn at first left and follow the dirt road 1/2 mile to where you reach the trailhead on the east (right) side of 2N25.
HEAPS PEAK ARBORETUM TRAIL (#8)
1 Mile Loop, Easy Walk in Sky Forest
This interpretive trail is located 2 miles east of Sky Forest on Highway 18.
The trail is an easy walk for all ages that takes you through a self-guided tour with 25 points of interest about native plants and wildlife.
CHILDREN’S FOREST EXPLORATION TRAIL (#9)
4.5 Miles Each Way, Moderately Difficult in Running Springs (12% Grade)
This trail will take you into some of the San Bernardino Mountains’ most beautiful country. This non-motorized trail crossing the 3,400 acre National Children’s Forest is open for use year-round & is family-friendly. The trail starts on Keller Peak Road (first right after Deer Lick Fire Station, traveling toward Big Bear) in Running Springs on Hwy. 18. The trailhead is on the right a little way inside the gate. (The gate is locked from the first snowfall until the road is completely thawed and cleared of obstructions in the spring.)
TRAIL OF THE PHOENIX at the CHILDREN’S FOREST (#9)
0.5 Mile Loop, Easy Walk
This paved nature trail begins near the top of Keller peak Road in Running Springs.
THE PINNACLES (NEAR #10)
3.5 Miles Each Way, This is a Moderate to Difficult Hike
To get to this trailhead take HWY 173 down to the shooting range.
When you see the shooting range sign on your left, turn left on the left-hand side of the shooting range (on the same side of the street) you should see the trailhead post.
There is limited parking. The views from this hike can be quite spectacular so bring a camera plus we recommend plenty of water.