Residents and visitors alike to the Lake Arrowhead, Crestline and Running Springs areas can enjoy this beautiful spring season outdoors by exploring one of the many hiking trails. As the snow quickly melts away and is replaced with wild daffodils and crocus, the trails beckon the weary suffering from cabin fever. The clean mountain air is fresh abuzz with spring bees enjoying the blossoming trees.
Come out and see for yourself!
If you don't know where to start your hike, check out the map that has been produced by the forest service at http://www.lakearrowhead.net/hiking/index.html. There are a variety of difficulty levels so that everyone can find something to suit their abilities. Many trails are pet friendly too; bring your dog along for the fun! If you'd like to extend your time outdoors, consider a camping trip to the area. For camping reservations, please call the National Reservation Service at: 1-877-444-6777 or visit their website at www.recreation.gov.
Always remember, before you take off for your hike, that a Forest Service Adventure Pass is required to leave your car parked at most trail heads. They can be purchased at numerous locations across the mountain, including the Ranger Station in Skyforest and the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce in the Lake Arrowhead Village. Look for signs posted along Hwy 18 for additional places to buy them.
Another reminder for those of you coming up from the Valley floor for some outdoor adventure time is that we are at a much higher elevation here than you may be used to. The air is thinner at this altitude and you should plan to be a little more tired than usual from the exertion. However, the air is also much cleaner and you should plan for some beautiful vistas along the trails.