Top Reasons to Visit Wolf Creek Resort
- The resort is a short walk from Big Bear Lake.
- You’ll have easy access to miles of hiking and biking trails in the San Bernardino National Forest. For great views of the lake, check out the nearby Woodland Trail, an easy 1.5-mile loop.
- Select options include beer or wine flights for two.
- You can enjoy live shows at The Cave, a 380-seat concert venue in Big Bear Lake.
- Most guest rooms and chalets have wood-burning fireplaces—ideal for cool nights in the mountains.
- Take a scenic chairlift ride and then toboggan down a quarter-mile cement track at the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, which is just down the road.
- Guests of the resort get a complimentary two-hour single kayak rental (subject to availability).
Big Bear Lake, California: Outdoorsy Resort Community in the Foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains
Big Bear Lake is situated nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest and the snowy peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. Los Angeles is less than 100 miles to the west, which is probably why Big Bear Valley has served as a backdrop for so many films and TV shows, including The Parent Trap, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonanza.
The lake is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and swimming during the warm months. You’ll find miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the surrounding forest. The 2-mile Castle Rock Trail weaves through groves of pine and cedar trees and past a waterfall before rewarding trekkers with a panoramic view of the water. But Big Bear isn’t entirely rustic—head to the village, located on the south shore, for restaurants, shopping, an arcade, a bowling alley, and a visitors’ center.
True to its name, the area once supported a thriving grizzly-bear population. Though that’s no longer the case, you still might see bald eagles, mule deer, coyotes, gray foxes, and even the occasional bobcat or black bear. For a guaranteed glimpse of wildlife, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned mountain lions, grizzly bears, wolves, and other animals.