Driving up to Lake Arrowhead on Highway 18 offers magnificent views of San Bernardino and the Redlands area and then you reach the tree line. And then as you descend into the Lake Arrowhead region you understand why it is such a popular destination. The area offers camping, mountain biking and hiking equal to any of the areas in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles.
But, if getting out and exploring the area on foot is your thing then the region offers some great hiking trails in the local mountains that include a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Information on these trails and maps are available at the local Forest Service facilities on Highway 18 between Rim Forest and Sky Forest along with Adventure Passes. Below are just a few of the many trails available for your hiking pleasure.
CREST TRAIL PC2000: Moderate
A section of this trail begins near Cleghorn Mountain, crosses State Highway 138, winds through the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, past Mojave River Dam and ascends parallel to deep Creek to Splinter's Cabin above Cedar Glen.
NORTH SHORE TRAIL 3W12: Moderate
This trail starts at the beginning of FS Road 2N25 between North Shore Campground and Papoose Lake. To reach 2N25. turn east on Torrey Road opposite the Lake Arrowhead Marina. Turn at first left and follow the dirt road ½ mile to where you reach the trail head on the east side of 2N25. The trail descends gently through a mixed forest and settles finally along Little Bear Creek where you will reach FS Road 2N26Y after one mile.
Or if you are into easy try these trails.
CHILDREN'S FOREST: Easy
½ mile self-guided and paved trail that's handicapped accessible, off Highway 18 at Keller Peak Road, east of Running Springs.
HEAPS PEAK ARBORETUM 3W05: Easy
Self-guided tour. Entrance is ¾ of a mile east of Santa's Village, off Highway 18.
ROCK TRAIL 3W15: Easy
Trail starts east of Rock Camp Station on Highway 173. The trail leads to bedrock mortars used be the Serrano Indians to grind acorns and to make flour. The mortars were formed by the grinding action of mono and pestel stones. A monument marks the site.