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A Dry Baldwin Lakebed

Baldwin Lake is an area near the end of the easy of Big Bear City, California. A local mining legend, Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin mined the area of Holcomb Valley back in the 1800s, leading the area to be named after him.

Many residents are drawn to Baldwin Lake for the open spaces, perfect for equestrian living. With the spacious area, locals have dubbed this area perfect for ranch-style homes and even charming log cabins.

  • ‘The Eye of God’ an histortic quartz dome can be found in the Baldwin Lake area
  • Vase views of the mountains, nature, and the valley.
  • The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve is significant for its wintering population of bald eagles.
  • Once was named Alkali Lake before being changed to Baldwin Lake in 1878.

Being about a 10-minute drive to Bear Mountain, residents are mostly full-time or secondary homeowners, giving off more a rural residential feeling to the neighborhood. Besides the main road, the majority of roads are unpaved, making the location ideal for ranch owners who are traveling by horse or car.

Nature in Baldwin Lake

Baldwin Lake Stables Big Bear Real Estate

Horseback riding in Big Bear, CA

The lake is typically shallow or dry on this side of the valley. Those who have lived in the area for a long time judge the lake level, when there is water, by how far it raises up a large boulder at the north end of the lake. The area is completely surrounded by National Forest with easy access to the nationally known Pacific Crest Trail at two points.

The landscape has a high-desert appearance with mostly chaparral—especially sage and rabbitbrush—and low growing trees, such as pinion pine. There are several prime areas of beautiful (and endangered) pebble plain habitat—this habitat and its many endangered plants exist only in Big Bear and Holcomb Valleys and nowhere else in the world. In the spring and early summer, wildflowers bloom throughout the area.

This far east end of Big Bear Valley gets the least snow and the most rain.

Baldwin Lake Activites

  • Horse-back riding, including renting horses from the stables
  • Petting zoo (at the stables)
  • Department of Fish and Game Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve (north of Highway 18)
  • Natural Heritage Foundation conservation area (along Shay Road on the south)
  • Hiking Trails:
    • Pacific Crest Trail—a National Scenic trail – accessible off of Highway 18 just as it heads downhill and off of 2N02

Baldwin Lake Utilities

  • Gas/Propane: Ferrellgas
    • 42110 Big Bear Boulevard
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-4605
  • Gas/Propane: Thomas Gas
    • 42100 Big Bear Road
    • PO Box 2848
    • Big Bear, CA 92315
    • (909) 866-3513
  • Water:
    • Private wells or individual water tanks
  • Trash:
    • County Transfer Station (residents receive County Disposal Use Permit)
  • Sewer:
    • Septic tanks

Baldwin Lake Schools

  • Big Bear Middle School
    • (Grades 7-8 )
    • 41275 Big Bear Blvd. / PO Box 1607
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • TEL: (909) 866-4634
  • Big Bear High School
    • (Grades 9-12 )
    • 351 Maple Lane / PO Box 1708
    • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • TEL: (909) 585-6892
  • Chautauqua High School (Continuation)
    • (Grades 9-12)
    • 525 Maple Lane / PO Box 1815
    • Sugarloaf, CA / Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
    • TEL: (909) 585-2521
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