Lake Arrowhead - The Alps of Southern California
Travel Time
One way
1 h 29 min
Estimated Cost
Total
125 $ - 550 $
Transportation
20 $ - 50 $
Hotel
75 $ - 300 $
Restaurants / Bars
20 $ - 100 $
Activities
10 $ - 100 $
Overview
125 $ - 550 $

Nestled in the majestic mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead is the best kept secret in Southern California. Known as "The Alps of Southern California," Lake Arrowhead is a lakeside locale with postcard views and back-to-nature fun to match. Snow skiing and water skiing, backpacking and cycling, boating and fishing.

Whether you're looking for relaxation, romance or an outdoor getaway from the city, Lake Arrowhead serves up a full range of adventure.

Delicious, perfectly cooked steak at Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille
A look from behind the trees, of the magnificent blue water
The Mountain History Museum near Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa
The interior of one of the magnificent chalets you can book at Lake Arrowhead
Delicious, perfectly cooked steak at Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille
A look from behind the trees, of the magnificent blue water
Go
20 $ - 50 $
Travel time
1 h 29 min
Estimated Fuel Cost
20 $ - 50 $

Lake Arrowhead is a seven-hour roll to SoCal, and located near San Bernardino. The fast ride is down the 5 until you reach CA-138, about a half-hour south of Bakersfield. Head east to Lancaster and point south, sticking with CA-138 until you bend your way to a fork in the trail at Old Mill Rd. in Crestline.

Take the left (Old Mill Rd.) if you're ready to zip into Crestline and freshen up right away. But if you are feeling like stretching your legs and kicking off the getaway with a hike, hang with 138 for another mile and follow the signs to Heart Rock Trail. Get out, get up and breathe it all in with a view.

Stay
75 $ - 300 $
Saddleback Inn

Saddleback Inn is located within the San Bernardino National Forest, and is only a short stroll to the lakefront and village. It has guest rooms with fireplaces and has an on-site restaurant. Saddleback rooms feature hot tubs, free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast daily.

​Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is a four-star hotel that offers everything a visitor to Lake Arrowhead is looking for. It is located among majestic pines that surround a private lake and offer the wildlife watching seclusion a getaway from life's hustle is all about.

North Bay at Lake Arrowhead

North Bay at Lake Arrowhead offers a quieter getaway that is only minutes from the Lake Arrowhead village. The hotel is rich in history yet provides the modern day comforts you expect. North Bay is located inside a gated community in Lake Arrowhead, offering the feel of home in cabins divided into four.

Eat
20 $ - 100 $
​Stone Creek Bistro

The Stone Creek Bistro gets attention for taking meals that extra step. It's the spot people choose for those special occasions and it's not just the American cuisine -- including gluten-free and vegetarian opportunities -- that gets the raves. Stone Creek knows a friendly face makes the experience.

The Grill at Antlers Inn

The Grill at Antlers Inn is the hidden gem of fine dining, serving up ambiance, friendly smiles and a menu that makes choosing a tough task -- all in an unassuming log cabin. The seafood -- even sushi -- get top reviews but you can't go wrong with the steak, the desserts, the drinks ... There are many reasons The Grill at Antlers Inn gets the love it does, from locals and travelers, alike.

Lakefront Tap Room

The Lakefront Tap Room has the goods you'd expect with a name like this: water views, casual atmosphere and amazing sandwiches, among other things like, say, beer? This is the spot to get your pub-grub on and, if the timing is right and you're in the mood, catch a ball game. The burgers are beloved, and so are the brews.

Do
10 $ - 100 $
Lake Arrowhead Queen

The Lake Arrowhead Queen is steeped in local history and offers boat tours for the family. You also can grab the Queen all to yourself, if you want a private charter for a special event or for no reason at all. Ticket prices are reasonable and can be bought at LeRoy’s Boardshop, located dock-side in the Lake Arrowhead Village near the boarding area for the boat tours.

Do
10 $ - 100 $
Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout

Fire lookouts are one of those unsung roles to many people, but Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout is a tremendous opportunity not only to get amazing views -- as far as the Pacific on a clear day -- but to meet the volunteers on the job and learn how they spot fires and work to coordinate quelling them before damage is done. So worth the visit!

Do
10 $ - 100 $
SkyPark at Santa's Village

If you've got a year-round jones for jolly old St. Nick, SkyPark at Santa's Village is the place for you. But don't be fooled into thinking it's all about the big elf. While SkyPark at Santa's Village is a North Pole-themed attraction, it also is home to adventure. Dive into the forest for a day of biking, hiking, fishing, archery, rock climbing or ziplining. This might well be the ultimate mashup of the great outdoors and the North Pole life.

Do
10 $ - 100 $
Heaps Peak Arboretum

Heaps Peak Arboretum is an incredible spot to take in nature without working up a sweat. Loads of information and natural beauties are at your fingertips and within reach from the friendly and super-knowledgeable staff.

Do
10 $ - 100 $
Lake Arrowhead Village

Lake Arrowhead Village is the heartbeat of this amazing SoCal mountain destination. Shopping and restaurants within rock-skipping distance of the deep-blue lake are the main thrill in the village. When your adventures amid the pines and peaks wrap up for the day or the week, the village is the convenient spot to hangout and feel a part of the action.

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