I was very pleased with the service I had from Will Rahill. I found him to be very professional yet very nice to deal with & very informative. I have bought & sold many homes over the past years and can honestly say that working with Will & Nicki was the easiest & most pleasant.Jane Alexander
Thank you very much! We had a wonderful experience of buying land with Tarl Wood. He provided excellent services and he was always prompt, helpful and informative. I would not hesitate to recommend Tarl’s services to anyone we know. We also loved the easiness & convenience of signing all documents online.Glenn & Vera Savage
Lisa is a great agent who worked very hard to keep us informed of every step of the house sale. Her knowledge of the industry and her honesty are well appreciated by us all in a very stressful time. She made it a lot easier. She always kept us informed almost on a daily basis.  David & Judy Behrens
My wife and I bought a house in Big Bear Lake from Will Rahill in 2008. We love our home here.  Will, made the experience wonderful.  He is very knowledgeable and he knows how to do his job in a quick and efficient manner.   Will also gave us a lot of pointers on the town and people here and he gave my son his first set of skis and boots. We would highly recommend him.Paul & Andrea Columbis
I have known Will for over 20 years. You will not find a real estate professional with more integrity, honesty and knowledge of the Big Bear area than Will. He is the first person I call when I need investment advice and/or have questions about real estate.Paul Skip Sjoberg
We have used Will on several properties and have found him & his staff to be very knowledgeable & courteous to me and our staff. Closings go smoothly which we like very much and Will & Nicki follow up with escrow to make sure there are no loose ends. We are happy, satisfied clients!Portia Frost
Lisa & Rahill exceeded our expectations.  I feel Lisa is just as interested in making friendships as she is in selling real estate. She showed us 19 properties in one afternoon. That must be some kind of record. Talk about organized & multi-tasking all at once. Very impressive. I wish she worked for me at my firm.Mark & Diane Frank
I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make this whole process go smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without you Lisa.Cheryl Soave
Lisa, John & I have bought and sold over ten properties with eight different real estate people. You by far exceed them all in every way. You simply are the best and a wonderful person.  John & Karen Schofield
Will helped us find the perfect home in Big Bear. During our hunt he showed us many homes, fine-tuned the search as we gave him feedback, and did not high pressure us for a sale. Will is very knowledgeable about the properties in Big Bear and readily available to answer questions. We appreciated his honesty and patience. Thank you, WillOlivia Kennedy
Will has the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. He is intelligent, honest and capable, and he has my strongest personal recommendation.Kenneth M. Klein
I’ve known Will for 25 years, and there is nobody I would trust or recommend more highly.Mark Spurlock
We could not be any more pleased with the job that Tarl has done on our behalf. Throughout the whole process he has been available and sensitive to our questions & worries. I would like to thank all of you at the Rahill Real Estate Group for helping us make our dream come true. Especially you, Tarl!Bob & Terri Miller
Very attentive, Will will help you find what you’re looking for.Karen Scholl
Thank you for the great service you and your team provided.Karim
Lori & I are very pleased with your service. Team Rahill is very lucky to have Tarl as your agent. Tarl is very special in all his skills and is an asset to your firm. I have sold life insurance for 30 years and know a gem when I meet them. Thanks for all your services!Frank & Lori Garcia
Will never quits and keeps looking for the best possible outcome. Thanks to Will’s integrity, tenacity, and compassion, we were able to sell a family home.Lisa L. Magnuson
Will was a real treat to work with…professional, experienced and he sold our home the first weekend it was on the market. We had a difficult buyer and if it wasn’t for Will “talking me off the ledge” a number of times, I’m sure I would have blown the sale. He’s calm and cool under pressure and made selling our home easy. Thanks Will.Christie Walker
Our experience with Team Rahill was very positive at all times. We worked with Tarl Wood over several months. Tarl provided advice & important knowledge of the area which helped us make decisions. As a result, we made a purchase we are very happy with.Max & Julie Perdue
I truly appreciated my time at the Rahill Real Estate Group. My agent, Tarl Wood, was a pleasure to work with. I felt zero pressure to buy a house and he didn’t get mad when I lost his favorite pen ! 🙂Richard O'Connor
Lisa & Rick were absolutely fabulous!! We were referred to them by a friend from down the hill, called and scheduled to meet, and the same day found a house we loved. The best part is that we came up with a long list of homes we wanted to see, but Rick & Lisa also brought us to a few houses not on our list and came up with a home that we instantly fell in love with. Lisa was available at all hours, …Todd & Yorley Blacher
Lisa, my son Joe was spot on when he recommended the Rahill Real Estate Group. It was comforting to have a person who could understand the emotional problems in having to give up my dads cabin. Thank you for being so sweet.Lois Lillibridge
Tarl did an amazing job finding the right house & connecting me with others that made the process quick & easy. I closed in less than 21 days & was very happy. I can’t say enough about Tarl’s service & I would recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Big Bear. I thank Tarl again for everything.Cyndi Dart
Will consummately blends his extensive market knowledge and attention to detail with keeping things simple and in a lay-person’s terms. His skill, confidence and familiarity with all aspects of the process ensured that my home purchase as convenient and effortless as possible. I will no doubt use his expertise again and I unequivocally recommend others do the same.Tom Peirce
Rick was great! House was priced right, sold quickly, smooth transaction and short escrow. Thanks you!Sudie Smartt
Both my wife & I were very happy with all the work Lisa Seifert did to find our Big Bear property. Lisa worked hard for 6 months to find the property where we can build a cabin in Big Bear. She stayed in touch and kept us aware along the way. We are both very pleased.   Thank you!    Dave & Jeanne Jensen
We appreciated all of Rick’s efforts & professionalism. It made the sales transaction easy & straight forward.Rich Roche
Will was good, very good.  I felt I knew who I was dealing with, which you don’t get with most real estate agents.  He was great!Keegan McGrath
We had been looking for a property for about 3 years and in our search, we met Tarl Wood. He was very accommodating. He showed us properties when we came to town and also sent us some to view online. He would always make himself available and gave us some insight on rentals and regulations. The process was very smooth with no problems or issues. We would definitely recommend to future buyers.Mike & Cathy Butkus
Tarl Wood was our agent that helped us with the purchase of our house. He did a fantastic job. He went above & beyond in helping us with the process of buying a home in Big Bear. It was a pleasure working with him every step of the purchase. Top notch!!!  Ken & Cindy Epema
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
What a grand experience I had working with Rick & Nicki. You have a very professional, efficient crew at your office. I felt as if I was kept informed on my listing, progress of sale, and the negotiation process. Rick guided me through it all with clarity and patience. I appreciated the constant communication that I had from/with Rick & Nicki, along with the MLS emails. I look forward to spreading the word about the exceptional service that I received from the Rahill Real …Karin Powell
My husband and I couldn’t be happier about the service we received from Will Rahill and his team.  His knowledge of the market and unique strategies for listing our higher-end home were unimpeachable. The process was efficient and resolved much more quickly than we’d ever imagined possible. He was also extremely responsive, encouraging, and persistent in getting us through it all without undo stress. We wouldn’t hesitate to use him again or recommend him to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to let us share …Lorraine Wolfe, Ph.D.
I’m writing this letter to let you know how pleased we were about Tarl’s caring attitude. Tarl exceeded our expectations. He took time to find out our needs & knew which homes we’d like to see. He gave us his personal knowledge of the area including restaurants, activities & winterization. We feel Tarl is a great person and cares for people’s needs. Thank you!Juan & Irma Orozco
Will is the type of real estate consultant that everyone needs: honest, extremely bright, thorough and just a fantastic person. He is passionate about helping people and finding the right fit for his clients. Procuring real estate is a huge financial investment and often times an emotional one. He takes great care in his work and takes the prudent approach to conducting ethical business. I highly recommend him.Sue Schroeder
Excellent Agent! Will did a great job for me!Fred Liebel
Lisa Seifert was such a blast to work with. She patiently showed us cabin after cabin until we found our dream getaway. All along the way we learned so much about Big Bear & all the special places to go & have fun with our family & friends. She helped us through each step & was always there to answer any questions quickly. We feel blessed to have our family getaway so enjoyed what would have otherwise been a stressful process, thanks to Lisa …Sean & Elizabeth Stephens
Tarl Wood was a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. We are out of state buyers and he made us feel as though we were next door during the entire transaction. His follow up was great and he over delivered on everything we needed. Thank you Tarl for a great buying experience as it rare to experience such a seamless transaction, you are an asset to your team and I look forward to seeing you when we are up there!   …Robert Dubel
Lisa was professional and yet friendly and caring. She was not just interested in making a sale, but she made sure that I would be happy & comfortable in whatever home I chose. Lisa always used the utmost integrity. She will be my first choice for a Realtor in the future.    Adrienne Schubert
Will did an exceptional job selling our cabin. Always honest & upfront. Always kept us informed of what was happening.  Thank you!Bill & Pam Hartley
When my wife & I started getting interested in purchasing a vacation home in Big Bear, we really didn’t know for sure what we wanted & weren’t entirely sure with the area, so I started searching the web to find a real estate agent to help answer our questions. The first real estate agency I emailed replied a couple days later and then I didn’t hear back from them for over a week. Therefore, I decided to try a different agency. However, I never …Brad Gilpin
Lisa Seifert was an excellent representative of your agency. She was always available, knowledgeable and got us all the answers to all of our questions. She has a great positive attitude, and is very friendly. I chose Rahill Real Estate because of your affiliation with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, and I’m glad I did. Not having any experience with working with a realtor before, I was a little apprehensive. The experience was perfect.Susan Pearson
I would like to recognize Tarl for providing the best experience possible as our agent. Tarl met all my expectations as a professional and my expectations are high!  Thank you!Maritza Makemson
Will was great to work with. He showed me several homes that were within the parameters of my price point, and only homes with the size and amenities I was looking for. The foreclosure purchase I made went very smoothly, and Will kept me updated throughout the process. Will is extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the Big Bear area, and is very involved in the community. I highly recommend Will for your real estate needs.Manuel Gutierrez
Best experience I’ve ever had! From day 1 through escrow closing & beyond, Rick of Rahill Real Estate was there for “me”……….Sheila Pitts
How lucky we were to have been introduced to Brad King at Keller Williams.  It was our daughter and son-in-law that was originally looking for some property.  The more we looked at properties with Brad, the more we grew to like him and trust him.As it ended up, we were shown 10-12 properties for us, but in the end we decided to purchase a lot and build what we were looking for.  Our daughter and son-in-law are still working with Brad to find the …Norbert & Judy Goulart
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
Will is honest, trustworthy, and an all-around great person! He is very intelligent and a hard worker (and a lot of fun too!). I trust him with my real estate needs!Chris Nagel
I’ve known Will for well over 20 years and has my highest recommendation as a professional who pays attention to detail while looking out for the best interests of his clients.Sean E Stall
Will was very good to work with.  He was knowledgeable, about the market, candid about the process, reliable in his communication.  I recommend him.Rob Drew
Will was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, & helpful throughout the entire home-buying process.Bill LaGrosso
This letter is intended to give thanks for an excellent job done by Jonathan Vasquez, part of Team Rahill, Keller Williams Realty. I first met Jonathan on May twentieth after seeing various properties to get an idea of what I was looking for. He managed to locate the house next door to my brother’s cabin which was exactly what I was looking for. We put a bid on the house which was immediately accepted. The process went very smoothly thanks to Jonathan and his …Oscar Menendez
Will is an amazing Real Estate agent with a wonderful team that is always on top of what is going on in Big Bear. He is an honest and trustworthy person who will help you with your real estate deals and questions.Nicole Lathrop
Over the years I have purchased & sold many properties including commercial & rentals. During this time I have been involved with numerous realtors and Tarl is one of the best. After I purchased this home, Tarl did not disappear (as most agents do) but continued to be very responsive to my needs & is still helping me get settled. I have no doubt Tarl will be even more successful going forward as I will go out of my way to recommend him to …Pete Buenzli
If you’re looking for a professional, intelligent and personable Realtor who knows Big Bear, Will Rahill is the guy for you.Megan Blaney
Relying on an agent to represent you in a real estate transaction is all about trust. The profession sometimes draws “salespeople” that are more interested in their wallets than your needs. There isn’t anyone I would trust more than Will to be my advocate buying real estate, both from a technical perspective in understanding the angles of the “deal” and more importantly, knowing that integrity and helping people are more important to Will than what’s in his wallet.Wade Griffis
Mr. Rahill, thank you for the informational disc and your interest in my experience. In short, “the best experience of my life”. Jonathan is an asset to your business and a delight to work with. The time flew by and I’m very happy with my purchase. I look forward to meeting you on the mountain soon.Rick Negrette
Rick was great from the start. He was not pushy and answered all our questions. If there was something he didn’t know he would be honest about it and got back to us with an answer. He was very easy going and always on time. Since we live in Anaheim, he made all arrangements to accommodate us. He also referred us to a great lender and kept us in the loop at all times. This was the best home buying experience we’ve ever had. …Hyong & Hilda Perkins
You are the best! Thanks so much for making it as effortless as possible during the process of buying. We’re grateful for your attention, warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm. We think of you as a friend in Big Bear and hope to see you soon. And thanks for offering to answer any further questions regarding improvements and maintenance. Chal Pivik
I’ve known Will for 18 years from snow skiing, investing in stocks, and buying and selling homes! You’ve got a great guy working for you!Bryan Dilbeck
Will is a very helpful and knowledgeable realtor!Jessica Stack Yeoman
Will knows Big Bear. He is a man of integrity and understands what you are looking for. If you are reading this recommendation then you are looking for someone to trust. Trust Will.Julie L Appel
Lisa was really fantastic from the initial contact, through closing and beyond. Friendly, professional, and clearly an expertTzvi Haber
Our experience with your office was great from the moment we walked in and fortunate enough to connect with Tarl Wood. Tarl listened to our concerns, needs and budget and went over and above our expectations to find us the cabin we wanted. Tarl understood that we lived far from Big Bear so when we made the drive up he maximized our time & showed us every available property. Tarl also kept in close contact through email & phone conversations to let us know of “new” …Perry & Colette Gustafson
I decided to sell my house in Big Bear, so I contacted a few realtors.  After looking at Will’s marketing plan to sell my house and his realistic evaluation of the market value of my house, I decided to list my house with Will’s team.  Other realtors gave me decent evaluations, but no one had such a strong marketing plan as Will’s team.   Within a week after it hit the multiples, I received a strong offer.  After brief counter offers the property was put into escrow.  …James Evans
Lisa was wonderful to work with. We had dealt with several realtors on the mountain and had noticed a lack of professionalism until Lisa.   She made us feel as though we were really important.  Not just another buyer, she cared about making sure we were happy and well taken care of the entire process.  Jeff & Noel Donahue
Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
It is always great working with Will. He is very trustworthy as well as kind. I would highly recommend Will to anyone interested in real estate. He genuinely enjoys helping people.Sara Gordon
Superior local knowledge and a true dedication to both his personal and professional lives are what set Will apart from the masses. Will’s integrity in his craft is unsurpassed. You could not choose a finer practitioner.Kevin Dougherty
Will is talented, hard working and professional. I highly recommend him!Mary Scott
I would like to say how great my agent Lisa Seifert at the Rahill Real Estate was in helping me find my new home in Big Bear Lake. She has to be the best agent that I have ever had in all the years that I been buying homes. She took the time to show me all the homes that were in the Big Bear Lake area and never gave up the hunt to find me my home.  She is a supper person and …Jim Bullard
I was very happy with my agent, Tarl Wood. He was very responsive, professional, and dependable. He took more than sufficient time to keep us up to speed & meet our needs. His service was top rate, exceptional!Ryan Miller
Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
Seldom does one receive customer service as satisfying as was provided by our agent, Tarl Wood. He was professional & personable and made a process that might otherwise have been stressful, progress smoothly & efficiently. His warm and friendly personality made him a pleasure to work with and I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a competent agent. Thank you Lisa Seifert for referring us to one of your best.Sandy Smith
We had a very nice experience dealing with Rahill Real Estate. In particular, our agent, Lisa Seifert!! She was patient, informative, and made herself very available to any and all questions and requests we had for her. Her knowledge of the area and understanding of what we were looking for in a family cabin helped the process be as efficient and easy as possible. We feel very fortunate she answered the phone when I called inquiring about the property that caught our eye.  Thank …Ron & Carol DePompa
I would like to take a moment to say thanks to your agency so very much for helping us find our perfect home in Big Bear. We love it, and your website was perfect for searching the Big Bear Valley Area for the one special place. Our realtor, Lisa Seifert was amazing. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and very patient. She always seemed to have time to answer our questions, no matter how small, and would even respond late at night. It felt …Scott & Elaine Hudson
Loved working with “real” real estate professionals. You & your team provided us with on time performance with regards to paperwork requirements & deadlines.  Your Docusign made everything easy, hassle free and on time.  Thank you for making this real estate experience painless & successful.Roland B Scott
Lisa, you have been such a breath of fresh air in this process. When we began working with you, you really helped put our minds at ease. Thank you for your guidance and support it has made all the difference.Javier & Cassandra
Lisa is the most amazing person I ever met. It is a good thing we have no plans to move again, because I can’t imagine going through another transaction without her. Every person I spoke with while going through the rigors of selling a home have only had the highest praise for her. She was on time for every meeting, she was available every time I needed her, she worked well with all the people involved in this sale including the contractor, buyers, other …Donna Cooper
Having worked side by side with Will when I lived in Big Bear, he’s my go-to agent for every referral I have. I trust sending my LA based clients to him, because I know they’ll get the same great service from Will that they do when they work with my own team locally.Deanna Wallo-Whipp
We wish to thank you for our agent Lisa Seifert.  She is truly a patient and sincere person & so down to earth!  Our experience with Rahill Real Estate Group has been quick & smooth even with a Cal Vet loan!  Dell & Laura Warfield
Thank you for all of your hard work in making this happen! My house was the last of about 5 properties to go on the market on our street and I think the first to sell.   Donna Gurule
This was our first home purchase since we retired 2 years ago. During my 35 year career, we were moved 7 times domestically and 6 times internationally. The property purchase in your area was, by far, the easiest one we have experienced. We were guided through the process by our agent, Lisa Seifert. Lisa was patient with our ever changing goals, as we viewed dozens of properties and learned more about the area. She provided concise guidance, communicated with us on a daily basis, …Mike & Roseanne Mollere
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rahill Team, especially Rick & Lisa Seifert. At first the sale of our cabin seemed like a daunting task. Rick & his wife dug in and helped us prioritize what needed to be done.  They were constructive….never pushy. We were amazed at the difference de-cluttering made.  Rick patiently helped us through each step of the process.  The last time we entered an escrow was in 1992. The computer made it easier in so many ways …Dan & Delayne Stotts
Very happy we chose Will Rahill to sell our property. He gave us great advise, very communicative, down to earth person. If you are looking for a Realtor who is smart, well connected and will market your property the right way…hire Will.Patrick Beneventi
Will, great Job!  I got the dream property I wanted. Aneta Black
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
I’ve recently utilized Lisa Seifert’s talents to close on two properties within the past year. She is the most competent and reliable real estate professional that I’ve come across. Going forward, regardless of who is listing the property, I will always call Lisa first. I hope you realize what a gem you have within your company. Cherish her because good people are hard to find these days.James Black
Will Rahill’s team have proven to be professional & efficient. I am thankful to Will for his accurate suggestions to upgrade the property and to Rick Seifert for his caring & availability. The combination made the sale immediate & smooth. Excellent team! Highly recommendable!!!!Fariba Rofougaran
Will has the professional integrity that it takes to ensure complete customer satisfaction. He has my stamp of approval.David Owings
I have known Will for over 15 years. We met while working for an organization that teaches people with disabilities to ski. I agree with the previous testimonials that are singing his praises, and I would add loyal and conscientious. He truly cares about treating people right and standing by friends.Jason Schetter
Will, we had heard your real estate team was great, but now I can say firsthand I know why your company is considered the top real estate group in Big Bear.  I am someone who owns a service business, and did specialized studies in service delivery in graduate school. I really value great service. I am serious when I say that Tarl Wood is the best service provider I have worked with this year (and possibly ever, but I’d have to go way back …Colin & Cathy Walker
Tarl did an excellent job. He was professional, honest, on time & worked extra hard even though it was a small commission. Thanks Tarl and Rahill Real Estate Team.Kevin McKee
Tarl Wood was awesome and I had a great experience with The Rahill Real Estate Group and the progress. Thank you!Rick Pathi
Best down to earth and honest real estate agent I know.Kim Nunes Bailey
Lisa did a fantastic job as our agent. Her approach was always positive and helpful, yet not pushy and was always respectful to us as home buyers understanding our desire to find the perfect Big Bear home. Once we entered into a contract with the seller, Lisa was extremely knowledgeable and willing to respond to our questions or concerns day or night, in a very timely manner! It is obvious Lisa Seifert is a very hard-working and caring individual. We feel fortunate to have …Andrea
As both a homeowner and a real estate investor in California and out of the U.S.A. over the past forty years,  I’ve worked with many realtors.  I truly think you are one of the best. You helped our family sell our wonderful but quite dated Big Bear vacation rental home by tactfully suggesting reasonable improvement ideas and recommending trustworthy contractors, and by realistically pricing it and steadfastly showing it during a very bad sellers’ market.  Furthermore, you exuded confidence that you would sell it, and …Shirley Kedes
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Tarl Wood.  He was engaging, quick to respond and professional. We were regularly updated as to time frames, condo repairs & paperwork. Thank you, Tarl.Don & Elizabeth Harris
Will, You were great during the whole process of selling our cabin in Big Bear. Very professional, honest, firm and trustworthy. You did whatever you promised you would and did it in the best way. Thank you!Hashemi's

What’s Up in Big Bear October 21, 2016

Starry, Starry Night
DOVES Fundraiser

oneSpend an evening helping make a difference! Enjoy dinner, dancing and entertainment throughout the evening. Bid on a variety of items at the live and silent auctions. This annual fundraiser will benefit the Transitional Living Program for DOVES of Big Bear Valley.

Time: 5 p.m.
Tickets: $60 per person

Community Church Big Bear
40946 Big Bear Blvd.
909-866- 1546

45th Annual
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

twoThe Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 46 years of authentic live German entertainment, mouth-watering German food and of course, German beer. Two more weekends of Oompah music and chicken dancing to entertain you through October 29!

Time: Sat. 12 noon -12 midnight; Sun. 12 noon – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Sat. Adults $19.99; Seniors (62+) $14.99; Children (3-12) $9.99 Sun. Adults $9; Seniors (62+) $6; Children under 12 FREE

Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd.

At The Cave

threeGrabbing the bull by the horns Pyromania has stunned audiences with their amazing recreation of the rock band, Def Leppard. The vocals, harmonies and screams… it’s all there. The band has worked hard to make sure that nothing is left out. And once the show starts, Pyromania never slows down.

Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $30

The Cave
40789 Village Dr.

Looking For Fall Colors?
Try A Boat Tour

fourA boat tour is a perfect way to see Big Bear Lake in the fall. Take a 90-minute narrated tour and hear about the history of Big Bear Lake, see the beautiful lakefront homes and all the gorgeous fall color! Call for daily schedules and pricing.

Miss Liberty

Capt. John’s

The Pirate Ship

Flashlight Safari
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

fiveCome experience the sights, sounds and shadows of the zoo at night. When the stars begin to shine the nocturnal animals become active and their natural instincts take over. Dress warm and bring a flashlight!

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $12, Children (3-10) & Seniors (60 & up) $9

Big Bear Alpine Zoo
43285 Goldmine Dr.


sixCougar Crest Trail (1E22)
Moderate to Difficult – 4 miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 750 feet

Cougar Crest Trail starts 0.6 of a mile west of the Discovery Center on HWY 38. (You can park for free until 5:00pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center and walk the 0.6 mile to the trailhead.) In the first mile there’s a gentle uphill increase, but in the second mile you’ll realize that you’re gaining serious altitude. Steeper and rockier with beautiful lake views and resting/viewing benches along the second mile. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the Pacific Crest Trail.

For maps/hiking info, stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center at 630 Bartlett Rd.

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What’s Up in Big Bear October 14 2016

Oktoberfest Celebration

oneAn intimate evening of dining on fine German foods paired with a variety of beers and spirits. You will be treated to an inside look into the history and early beginnings of Oktoberfest. Friday evening features a five-course German pairing dinner, live entertainment, a commemorative one-liter stein, an intimate evening of fun and as a bonus if you choose the all-inclusive Weekend Package…Saturday and Sunday event admission.

Time: 6 p.m. – 12 midnight
Friday Dinner Only: $120
Weekend Package: $142

Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd.

45th Annual
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

twoBig Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 46 years of family fun and good times. Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, offering authentic live German entertainment, mouth-watering food and of course, beer. Three more weekends of Oompah music and chicken dancing to entertain you through October 29!

Time: Sat. 12 noon -12 midnight; Sun. 12 noon – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Sat. Adults $19.99; Seniors (62+) $14.99; Children (3-12) $9.99 Sun. Adults $9; Seniors (62+) $6; Children under 12 FREE

Big Bear Lake Convention Center
42900 Big Bear Blvd.

Flashlight Safari
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

threeCome experience the sights, sounds and shadows of the zoo at night. When the stars begin to shine the nocturnal animals become active and their natural instincts take over. Dress warm and bring a flashlight!

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $12, Children (3-10) & Seniors (60 & up) $9, under 3 FREE

Big Bear Alpine Zoo
43285 Goldmine Dr.

Mountain Bike Ride
To Pioneer Town

fourIntermediate/Advanced ONE WAY group ride from Big Bear Lake to Pioneer Town. Guests join us for a no host dinner at famous Pappie and Harriett’s. Small donation charged to coordinate event and transportation back to Big Bear. Presented by Big Bear Cycling.

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Donation

Baldwin Lake Stables

46475 Pioneer Town Rd.

Wolf Awareness Day
At Big Bear Alpine Zoo

fiveLearn about the important role that wolves play within the ecosystem. Wolf Awareness Day is filled with educational and fun things to do. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo will dispel the many myths and misconceptions about wolves.

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults; $9 Seniors 60+ & Children (3-10); under 2 FREE

Big Bear Alpine Zoo
43285 Goldmine Dr.


sixPineknot Trail (1E01)
Moderate to Difficult – 6 miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 900 feet

The Pineknot Trail begins at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area and climbs south until it reaches the aptly named Grand View Point, altitude 7,784 feet. For the first 1 ½ miles the hiker shares the trail with equestrian and mountain bike traffic, while they wind their way up through stands of white fir and Jeffrey pine. Serious hikers make the 6 mile round trip in 3 hours or less, while a family who plans to picnic at Grand View Point should plan on spending half the day to leisurely enjoy the forest and a great view of Big Bear Lake. For maps/hiking info, stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center at 630 Bartlett Rd.

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San Bernardino National Forest
P.O. Box 290, Fawnskin, CA 92333
40971 North Shore Drive, Hwy 38
(909) 382-2790

parking-passes This symbol indicates that parking at the trailhead requires an Adventure Pass or Interagency Passes.

Alpine Pedal Path

Very Easy – 2.5 miles One Way

Group Of Backpackers Fording Stream In The ForestThis asphalt path meanders along the sparkling north shore of Big Bear Lake from Stanfield Cutoff to the Solar Observatory and Serrano Campground. Although not flat by any means, its’ ups and downs are fairly gentle. In the fall of 1998 the path was extended and includes a pedestrian tunnel under Hwy 38 to the Cougar Crest Trail parking lot. The new extension continues east 0.6 of a mile and connects with the Big Bear Discovery Center. Hikers can find water, restrooms and expert advice on all varieties of recreation in the San Bernardino National Forest at the Discovery Center. Seasonal parking is also available at Juniper Point Picnic Area and Meadow’s Edge Picnic Area with an Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass.

Nature Discovery Trail (1E51)

Easy – 0.5 miles – Loop Elevation Gain: 100 feet

The Nature Discovery Trail is a 0.5 mile loop trail that gently winds its way through the forest behind the Big Bear Discovery Center. The trail is complete with 3 benches to stop and take in the fresh air along with peekaboo views of Big Bear Lake and Mt. San Gorgonio. Opened in spring 2013, future plans include the addition of interpretive signs to educate visitors about the natural history of the area.

The Woodland Trail (1E23)

parking-passes Easy – 1.5 miles – Loop Elevation Gain: 300 feet

This path starts and ends at the trailhead off Hwy 38, 0.2 miles west of Stanfield Cutoff. It is an interpretive trail with 16 posted markers, ideal for families with young children. By picking up a pamphlet at the entrance, hikers can take themselves on a self-guided tour to learn about the botany, wildlife and geology of this unique area which is described as a dry-woodland.

Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail (1W11)

Easy – 0.3 miles – One Way Elevation Gain: 100 feet

to Bluff Mesa Trail (1W16)

Easy – Additional – 0.4 miles One Way Elevation Gain: 300 feet

The Champion Lodgepole Pine Trailhead is located on the south side of Big Bear Lake. From Hwy 18, turn south on Mill Creek Road which turns into Forest Road 2N10. Forest Service Road 2N10 is a dirt fire road. When driving Forest Service fire/dirt roads, caution should be taken for uneven road surfaces, rocks and dips, high clearance vehicles are recommended. Continue on FS Road 2N10 for 4.5 miles, turn right on 2N11 and continue for 1 mile to the trailhead. Then it’s a gentle walk down a path along a small stream for 0.3 of a mile. The trail ends at the Champion Lodgepole Pine, one of the largest known Lodgepole pines in California. Adjacent to the Champion Lodgepole Pine is a beautiful meadow, a tapestry of wildflowers in the spring. (So please stay on the trails.) A companion path is the Bluff Mesa Trail (No Bicycles) which begins where the Champion Lodgepole Pine Trail ends, and travels in a northerly direction for 0.4 of a mile, ending at the popular Bluff Mesa Group Camp. This continuation trail is easy and recommended for families who would like a leisurely walk through beautiful stands of stately Jeffrey Pine. These two trails are accessible when Forest Service Roads 2N10 and 2N11 are open to motorized vehicles.

Towne Trail (1E27)

Easy to Moderate – 3 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 100 feet

This trail begins on Forest Road 2N08 east of Knickerbocker Road between Snow Summit Ski Area and Big Bear Lake Village. From HWY 18, turn south on Knickerbocker Road. Continue on Knickerbocker for 0.5 mile to beginning of Forest Road 2N08 on the left. Park here when gate is closed (do not block gate) or drive up Forest Road 2N08 and park in a large turnout just before trailhead. Town Trail is relatively flat with a few intermittent stream crossings. Look for the large Incense Cedar and White Fir trees that line the trail, they enjoy the abundant water and shade found on the south side of Big Bear Lake.

Castle Rock Trail (1W03)

Moderate to Difficult – 2.4 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 700 feet

The most popular trail in the Bear Valley begins 1.1 mile east of the dam Hwy 18. There is very limited parking on the north side of the highway 50 yards east of the trailhead. At the top of the ridge is an impressive granite rock out-cropping and the source of many tales and local folklore. If you trust your rock climbing skills and can climb your way to the top of the rocks from the north side, the view of the lake is wonderful. The best part of this hike is that it’s downhill all the way home.

Pineknot Trail (1E01)

parking-passes Moderate to Difficult – 6 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 900 feet

Hispanic Father And Son Hiking On Trail In WoodsThe Pineknot Trail begins at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area and climbs south until it reaches the aptly named Grand View Point, altitude 7,784 feet. For the first 1 ½ miles the hiker shares the trail with equestrian and mountain bike traffic, while they wind their way up through stands of white fir and Jeffrey pine. Serious hikers make the 6 mile round trip in 3 hours of less, while a family who plans to picnic at Grand View Point should plan on spending half the day to leisurely enjoy the forest, the mountains and a great view of Big Bear Lake.

Gray’s Peak Trail (1W06)

parking-passes Moderate to Difficult – 7 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

This trailhead is located on the west side of HWY 38 0.6 of a mile west of Fawnskin, across from the Grout Bay Picnic Area. (This trailhead is in the center of a bald eagle wintering habitat area and is closed to all public use from November 1 to April 1.) The trail climbs westerly for 0.5 mile until it merges with Forest Road 2N04X. Turning north (right), 2N04X joins Forest Road 2N70 after a ¼ mile (go straight, do not turn left) and continue onto Gray’s Peak Trail, 200 yards on your left. From there it is 2 ¾ miles to the top of Gray’s Peak.

Hanna Flat Trail (1W05) to Gray’s Peak Summit

parking-passes Moderate – 7.8 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 50 feet

Hanna Flat Trail begins between campsites 54 & 55 in Hanna Flat Campground, it also shares the Gray’s Peak Trailhead on HWY 38. The trail climbs from the campground through part of the forest that burned in 2007 before it meets Grey’s Peak Trail. At the intersection of Forest Road 2N70 turn left, the trail to Grey’s Peak will be 50 yards down the road on the right. It is 2 ¾ miles to the top of Gray’s Peak.

Cougar Crest Trail (1E22)

parking-passes Moderate to Difficult – 2 miles One Way – Elevation Gain: 750 feet

to Bertha Peak

Difficult – 1.5 miles One Way – Elevation Gain: 1,360 feet

A well-maintained path through a wide variety of natural environments distinguishes the Cougar Crest. It starts 0.6 of a mile west of the Discovery Center on HWY 38. (You can park for free until 5:00 pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center and walk the 0.6 mile to the trailhead.) In the first mile there’s only a gentle uphill increase, but within the second mile you’ll realize that you’re gaining serious altitude. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail (No bicycles on PCT). To Bertha Peak: Continue east (right) on the Pacific Crest Trail to a dirt maintenance road. Continue 0.6 on maintenance road until you reach the summit of Bertha Peak (8,201 feet); easily recognized by the large collection of communication equipment at the top. From the summit there’s a near 360 degree view of the Bear Valley, Holcomb Valley, even the Mojave Desert.

Skyline Trail (1E12)

Moderate to Difficult – 8.5 miles One Way – Elevation Gain: 160 feet

This trail begins at the intersection of Forest Road 2N10 and 2N06. Built within a firebreak, the trail winds through stands of Jeffery Pines, manzanita and buckthorn as it parallels Forest Road 2N10. A cross-country trail with few long hills and descents, it is a multi-use trail designed for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian riders. The Skyline Trail can be used to access many of the other trails within the South Shore Trail System.

Sugarloaf National Recreation Trail (2E18)

Difficult – 10 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet

From the south end of Stanfield Cutoff on Big Bear Blvd. Hwy 38 continue for 6 miles heading south toward Redlands. Turn right on 2N93, at the intersection of Hwy 38 and Hatchery Road. Follow this dirt road until you reach the Sugarloaf Trail sign and park in the turnout. The first 2 miles of trail is a rough and rocky road, at times following Green Creek. Although the view from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain is mostly obscured by trees, you have climbed to an altitude of 9,952 feet, the highest point in the Big Bear Valley.

Glory Ridge Trail (1W02)

Very Difficult – not recommended – 2 miles Round Trip – Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

Hikers Walking On The Country PathThe turnout to the trailhead is 2 miles west of the Big Bear Lake dam on Hwy 18, just after the Hwy reduces from 2 lanes to 1 lane. Drive down rutted Forest Road 2N15, continue passed a dirt road on a right staying on 2N15. At the fork in the road continue right and park on a knoll at the road’s end. Follow the trail ¼ mile to the trailhead, marked by a “Fishermen” sign. Now the trail becomes very strenuous, dropping 1,100 feet in 1 mile! Climbing down is treacherous, climbing out is exhausting. High clearance vehicles are recommended.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles

leavenotraceFollow these seven principles to insure safe and enjoyable visit to the San Bernardino National Forest.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Know the regulations of the area where you plan to visit. Call ahead to the local ranger station to find out current local weather and trail conditions. Plan for the possibility of extreme weather, high water crossings and other unexpected hazards and emergencies. Always bring a map and compass and know how to use them. Consider the physical condition, skills, experience, and expectations of all the members of your group when planning your trip.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Please stay on the trail; cutting switchbacks causes erosion. If you have to hike off trail, please hike on durable surfaces and avoid fragile areas such as meadows. Select a campsite on a hard dry surface such as rock, sand, gravel, or pine needle duff, not on vegetation or in meadows.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack out everything you pack in. Human food and trash is unhealthy for animals and leads to harmful habituation by animals to human presence and food. Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it. Use toilet paper sparingly and pack it out.
  4. Leave What You Find: Natural objects of beauty or interest, such as wildflowers, should be left for others to discover and enjoy. In all areas it is illegal to remove cultural artifacts such as arrowheads or pictographs.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts: Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings. Consider using a portable gas camping stove instead. Always check fire restrictions before camping/hiking by calling the nearest ranger station.
  6. Respect Wildlife: Never feed wild animals! This is for your own safety and the health of the wild animal. Habituation to human food leads to unhealthy interactions between wildlife and people. Pets must be kept under control and not allowed to harass wildlife, stock, or other visitors.
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Respect the solitude of others by avoiding boisterous behavior and loud noises, let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid the use of bright lights, cell phones, radios, electronic games, walkie-talkies and other intrusive devices. If they must be used, use earphones. Keep the noise down, especially at night or in remote places. Keep voices low.

Visit the Big Bear Discovery Center for more information and a large selection of maps and hiking guides. The staff and volunteers will be glad to give you expert advice and assistance. The San Bernardino National Forest has the highest concentration of endangered plant species in the United States. Enjoy the mountains and the Forest and please stay on the trails.

San Bernardino National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf

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