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Big Bear Colors Up for Photo Contest

Oaks are approaching peak at Big Bear Lake (10/2/13) Dan McKernan

Oaks are approaching peak at Big Bear Lake (10/3/13) Dan McKernan

GO NOW! – 30 – 50% – Big Bear – Color spotter Dan McKernan reports the color at Big Bear Lake has jumped dramatically this week to near 50%.  We alerted in our last posting that Big Bear has this tendency and even though it hasn’t yet reached 50%, we’re issuing a Go Now! Alert for the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Big Bear is approaching peak (10/3/13) Dan McKernan

Big Bear Photo Contest – Another reason to head to the San Bernardinos is Big Bear Lake’s photo contest.  Entry is easy.  Just post a photo of Big Bear’s fall colors on select social media and your shot could get published in 400,000 visitor guides, distributed in more than 3,600 locations throughout Southern California, Nevada and Arizona and at BigBear.com.

Photos of Big Bear’s fall foliage must be posted with the hash tag, #FallForBigBear, on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook between Oct. 4, and Nov. 1, 2013.  The winner will be selected on Nov. 4.

Bear Lake has some of the most spectacular displays of fall foliage to be seen in Southern California. This happens because of the San Bernardino Mountain’s ideal conditions for generating  bright color: evening temperatures in the 30s and 40s and sunny, warm days, creating intense gold, crimson, amber and yellow on Big Bear’s cottonwood, aspen and oaks.

Black Oak, Big Bear (10/2/13) Dan McKernan

Black Oak, Big Bear (10/3/13) Dan McKernan

This year’s peak can be seen in the next two weeks at: Big Bear Village, Mill Creek Road, The Pine Knot Trail, Grout Bay Trail, Castle Rock Trail and the Aspen Grove, a picture-perfect grove of quaking aspen.  Directions to these locations are found at BigBear.com.

3 replies
  1. Parker says:

    Any word as to whether we can access the Aspen Grove during the shutdown? I know they require passes but can’t recall if there was a gate anywhere.

  2. Dan McKernan says:

    US Forest Service has just RE-OPENED 1N02 (Coon Creek Rd.), the main road to Aspen Grove. So this week Aspen Grove is expected to peak get out to Big Bear to capture stunning shots at this favorite Southern California fall colors area.

    US Forest Service has also RE-OPENED all US Forest Service Roads in the Big Bear region, so there are ample opportunities to find great places to see the fall colors.


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  1. […] Color spotter Lisa Wilkerson-Willis sends these beautiful photographs of the Aspen Grove near Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest.  These are the best shots we’ve seen of this lovely forest.  Wow! Whoever believed there is no fall color in Southern California, just hasn’t gone leaf peeping near Big Bear.  Good goin’, Lisa!  Be sure to enter your shots of autumn in Big Bear’s photo contest.  For more about this contest, CLICK HERE. […]

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