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Aspen Glen - Skyline Loop

Intermediate

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12.5 mile 20.2 kilometer loop
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,954' 596 m
Descent: -1,956' -596 m
High: 7,867' 2,398 m
Low: 6,873' 2,095 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Everything from views of Big Bear Lake to stunning vistas from the Skyline Trail.

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Overview

This run leads you into the San Bernardino National Forest south of Big Bear Lake. You climb up to the Skyline Trail that offers spectacular vistas and then descend back to the lake.

Description

The trail starts at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Just after a quarter mile, the trail splits. Keep left to stay on Pine Knot Trail. Aside from a few ups and downs, the trail ascends steadily through the pine forest offering the occasional glimpse of Big Bear Lake, but no good views.

At 2.3 miles, you cross Knickerbocker Road (2N08) and shortly thereafter pass Deer Group Campground on the left. Cross Skyline Road at 3.3 miles and enjoy the first vista of the San Bernardino Mountains. Continue on Pine Knot Trail and reach Grand View Point at 3.5 miles. This is a great place for a break and to take in the stunning panorama that lies in front of you.

Return to the previous trail junction and take Skyline Trail on the left. The trail follows the ridge line and offers great views at almost every turn. Reach Clarks Grade Road at 6.5 miles and follow the dirt road north for 100 yards to reach Plantation Trail (1W12). From this point on, you are running though pine forest again. Turn right at 7.5 miles onto Skyline Trail again.

At 8.7 miles, you reach another dirt road. Keep to the right and take Camp Osito Road (2N17). Pass Girl Scouts Camp Osito at 9.2 miles and stay left. At 10.3 miles, take the track on the left which is Cabin 89 Trail. The descent becomes steeper now. But good views of Big Bear Lake are very rewarding. Join Pine Knot Trail again at 12.2 miles and return to the picnic area.

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Great view in the morning looking east.
Sep 16, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Very nice view looking west.
Sep 16, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Grand View Point overlooking the mountains and the forest
Nov 30, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
Snow Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain
Nov 6, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Skyline Trail near Big Bear.
Aug 10, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Water crossing on the trail.
Sep 16, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA

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