Big Bear’s Gold Fever Off Road Trail

Big Bear’s Gold Fever Trail is an 11-mile dirt road trail only accessible with a high clearance or 4WD car. It takes you through the beautiful Holcomb Valley, which used to be a thriving gold rush area in the mid-1800’s. While not much is left to see on the trail at many of the stops, […]

Big Bear City Guide: Hiking, Restaurants, Activities & Hotels

Big Bear Lake is a popular mountain destination for Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Based on where you live, you can be in Big Bear Lake in less than 2 hours and experiencing the views and fresh air of the city located at 8,000 feet. I have been going to Big Bear Lake for […]

Noon Lodge in Big Bear Lake

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. Noon Lodge is an awesome cabin based hotel in Big Bear Lake. The vibe feels like something you would find at the Ace in Downtown LA complete with a mix CD of music that they give you when you check in. Amie […]

Alpine Slide in Big Bear Lake

The Alpine Slide has been a fixture of Big Bear Lake for decades, and to this day it provides an excellent opportunity for people visiting the area to try their hat at a bobsledding experience. I have driven by it many times over the years but never had a chance to stop until late 2018. […]

Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake celebrates Oktoberfest by going all out on a two-month festival that happens every weekend during September and October. Their Oktoberfest is one of the largest in Southern California, and it is a great excuse to get out of Los Angeles and come up into the mountains for a few days. I finally […]

San Manuel Pow Wow in San Bernardino

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. The San Manuel Pow Wow is the largest of its kind in California, with hundreds of dancers descending on Cal State San Bernardino for a weekend celebrating Native American culture. Before being invited to the event, I had no idea how big it […]

Route 66 Museum in Barstow, CA

I have been a fan of all things Route 66 for a while now, even going so far as to drive the entirety of the California portion, read about that here. I hope to one day do the whole thing, but that is an idea for another time. Till then, I try to soak up […]

Where to See Wildflowers in Chino Hills State Park

This year has been such a great year for rain that the waterfalls were flowing and now the wildflowers are blooming. I had heard on the SoCal Hikers Forum that they were pretty impressive in Chino Hills State Park, so I set out to check it out for myself. It was even better than I […]

Sycamore Inn Restaurant Along Historic Route 66

If you are looking for a historic spot right along Route 66, then consider the fantastic steakhouse known as Sycamore Inn. Route 66 is pretty unrecognizable in this section of Southern California, so it is fun to be able to round a corner and see a spot that has been there since the 1800’s (even […]

San Bernardino County: Eight Great Places to Camp, Hike, Eat & Explore

San Bernardino County is the largest county in the contiguous United States, and it is full of amazing adventures to be had if you get out and explore. The county itself is bigger then nine whole states and it has a range of climates that run the gauntlet from 10,000-foot peaks to miles of barren […]