Mill Peak Trail

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6.0 km
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244 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Mill Peak Trail is a great hiking route in the San Bernardino National Forest that will see you climb uphill for wonderful views of the surrounding peaks. While out hiking the trail, you will navigate through the forest and gain a small amount of elevation, before coming to the summit of Mill Peak. This is a great route for casual hikers to explore the beauty of Southern California.

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Route Description for Mill Peak Trail

If you are after a short, but beautifully scenic route near Big Bear Lake, California that features a small amount of elevation gain, then you will certainly enjoy the Mill Peak Trail. Just be sure to bring a GPS or trail map, as the trail can be a bit tricky to navigate with its intersecting paths.

This route will take you from the edge of CA-18 on an uphill climb through woodlands and over winding creeks to reach the summit of Mill Peak, where you will enjoy wonderful views of the Southern California landscape. After taking in the views, the trail will loop around and descend back through the forest on the return leg into the trailhead where you started.

Getting to the Mill Peak Trail Trailhead

The starting point for the Mill Peak Trail can be found at the Deer Lick Fire Station, just off CA-18 in Running Springs.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Older Children only

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