Grays Peak in Big Bear Lake


Fawnskin is 95 miles east of Los Angeles.

The trailhead is located in Fawnskin (north of Big Bear Lake) across from the Grout Bay Picnic Area. It was easy to find and there was plenty of parking when we arrived. I was nicely surprised by a flush toilet! Those things are hard to come by when your weekend lifestyle is like mine.

Although I ate breakfast before we left the house, by the time I got to the trailhead I was hungry again. This is typical because I don’t live near the mountains. I got us geared up and we shared a banana and a hard-boiled egg. Xena had her breakfast too. If she could help it, she would eat all day long.


This lightly trafficked trail is clearly marked and well-maintained. It has a gradual incline which is friendly for the entire family.



After 1.25 miles, Grays Peak Trail intersects with 2N70. Turn right and stay on the fire road for 0.1 miles. Grays Peak Trail (1W06) will be on your left again. The peak is 2 3/4 miles from here. Stay on the trail and it will take you to the peak.



I think a cairn is made of stones, not treats? Why don’t you go look for a stone.. I will watch the treat while you are gone. 🙄
Mountain goat doing her thing


At the peak


When you are ready, go back the way you came in as this is an out and back trail. For other dog-friendly trails in the Big Bear Lake area, check out my previous post here.

Good to Know:

  • Hike Date: 9.9.17
  • Trailhead: 34.263138, -116.948011
  • Distance: 7.5 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1,093 ft (Max elevation: 7,889 ft)
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Adventure Pass required for parking ($5/day or $30/year)
  • Flush toilet and picnic tables available at the trailhead
  • This trailhead is in the center of a bald eagle wintering habitat area and is closed to all public use from December 1 to April 1.

Get Our Latest Comprehensive Dog-friendly Trail List Here. Enjoy!

Happy Hiking!

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