If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there is no need to look any further than the San Bernardino Mountains. Situated at the junction of SR-18 and SR-330, Running Springs is the major gateway to the mountain communities of: Lake Arrowhead, Arrowbear Lake, Green Valley Lake, and Big Bear.
We’ve assembled a list of 5 Hidden Gems found in the Running Springs Area that can delight residents and visitors, alike.
- Green Valley Lake
Often referred to as the “best kept secret on the mountain”, Green Valley is four miles off of Highway 18 and is completely surrounded by forest. At the heart of the town, you will find a privately owned lake that is open for public use. You can swim, fish, kayak, or rent a pedal boat! Fees are subject to change, so make sure you plan ahead. For more information, you can visit the Green Valley Lake Recreation website.
- Pali Mountain Retreat
For your next family reunion, school trip, or team building event, you can experience seclusion and exclusivity at Pali Mountain Retreat. Surrounded by 274 acres of lush forest, you can revel in the natural peace found only outdoors. There are a variety of packages available that can be uniquely customized to your needs. If you have a particularly adventurous group, there are some truly fun extras such as: Archery, paintball, ropes obstacle course, and ziplining!
- Keller Peak Fire Lookout via Exploration Trail
For incredible views that extend all the way to the San Gabriel Mountains, hike up to the oldest fire lookout in the San Bernardino Mountains. Built in 1926, the trail route to the lookout is graded as moderate, and spans a distance of 12 miles. Located just east of Running Springs, from the Highway 330 junction, you will see a brown sign that indicates you have found the “Exploration Trail”. You will pass by beautiful trees, several streams, and take in beautiful views before making your ascent to Keller Peak.
The fire lookout is open from 9AM-5PM each day, and is staffed by local volunteers. From here, you can see the San Bernardino Mountains, the San Gabriels, Saddleback, Sugarloaf, and more! A must see for any active visitor.
- Rocky’s Roadhouse
A day spent exploring the San Bernardino Mountains is a sure way to work up an appetite. You will know that you are in the right place when you spot the big dog statue out front! This rustic deli offers some of the most delicious sandwiches on the mountain. If you happen to be traveling with a 4 legged friend, their patio is dog friendly!*Insider pro-tip: Rocky’s now accepts credit/debit cards and Apple Pay!
- Snow Valley Mountain Resort
During winter, Snow Valley is the premier ski resort found in Running Springs. During summer, visitors can now enjoy a Mountain Bike Park that hosts intermediate downhill trails, as well as cross-country mountain biking trails and hiking trails.The park now features the Snow Valley Express: California’s first high speed detachable 6 seat lift. Bikers can take the lift to the very top of the mountain and soar down the intermediate downhill trail. Non-bikers and hikers are able to ride the lifts too, and take in the incredible views of the San Bernardino National Forest.