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A Day Trip Up To Lake Arrowhead

Updated on August 24, 2016

Lake Arrowhead is the perfect place for a day trip during the blustery winter months. The San Bernardino Mountains are 80 miles east of Los Angeles, California, so this only about a two-hour drive for people who live in the Los Angeles region. Of course, I highly recommend using Google Maps to plan at the exact route from the location you are driving from because you do not want to get lost. It is even possible to take public transportation from Los Angeles to Lake Arrowhead and back, so make sure to use that feature on Google Maps if you are a pedestrian. It does not matter whether you are driving up to Lake Arrowhead or taking the bus, but what I can guarantee is you will have a marvelous time taking pictures of the beautiful scenery when you do manage to come up to this part of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Pictures of the large rock formations across the street from Rim High on Highway 18.  Mount San Gorgonio is in the distance.
Pictures of the large rock formations across the street from Rim High on Highway 18. Mount San Gorgonio is in the distance. | Source
Cloud cover as seen from Highway 18 near Lake Arrowhead, California.
Cloud cover as seen from Highway 18 near Lake Arrowhead, California. | Source
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway.
Looking down from the Rim of the World Highway. | Source
This stretch of the Rim of the World Highway near Lake Arrowhead is known for its scenic vistas.
This stretch of the Rim of the World Highway near Lake Arrowhead is known for its scenic vistas. | Source
Another picture of the clouds hovering over the San Bernardino Valley.
Another picture of the clouds hovering over the San Bernardino Valley. | Source
Another shot of Mount San Gorgornio in the distance as seen from Highway 18.
Another shot of Mount San Gorgornio in the distance as seen from Highway 18. | Source
Looking down two thousand or so feet to the hills below Highway 18.
Looking down two thousand or so feet to the hills below Highway 18. | Source
A rock on the steep thousand foot drop off the precipice of Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A rock on the steep thousand foot drop off the precipice of Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Driving up the Rim of the World Highway can be spectacular during the day, but you can also see beautiful vistas with the sparkling city lights below if you drive up during the night. 

Make sure to use Google Earth to plan your drive up to the San Bernardino Mountains, or you can get a ride with friends.  I also highly recommend taking the MARTA bus service if you do not want to drive up and down the mountain because it is very convenient and affordable.

I love making videos of beautiful things in the San Bernardino Mountains where I grew up, and now that I have a video camera I have a penchant for showing the beauty of the city lights as seen on the drive up the mountain.  I hope you enjoy these short YouTube videos I have made of the mountain where I spent so much of my time.

Taking Pictures As I Walk Around The Woods In Lake Arrowhead

As someone who grew up in Lake Arrowhead I enjoy taking beautiful pictures of the woods when I go for walks up there.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from my most recent trip.

A slightly blurry picture in the Lake Arrowhead region.
A slightly blurry picture in the Lake Arrowhead region. | Source
Picture looking out towards The Pinnacles in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Picture looking out towards The Pinnacles in Lake Arrowhead, California. | Source
Picture of the trees on the back side of the San Bernardino Mountains in the Lake Arrowhead region.
Picture of the trees on the back side of the San Bernardino Mountains in the Lake Arrowhead region. | Source
Picture looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Picture looking out towards Mount Baldy. | Source
Mount Baldy is a snow capped wonderland.
Mount Baldy is a snow capped wonderland. | Source
I love being on the backside of the San Bernarndino Mountains because you can see views of Mount Baldy.
I love being on the backside of the San Bernarndino Mountains because you can see views of Mount Baldy. | Source
I love the little wispy cloud above Mount Baldy that can be seen in this picture I took on the back side of the San Bernardino Mountains.
I love the little wispy cloud above Mount Baldy that can be seen in this picture I took on the back side of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
The large boulders on The Pinnacles are a rock climbers dream, but I would prefer to take pictures of these instead.  The Pinnacles is one of the most beautiful locations in the world, but I am bias of course.
The large boulders on The Pinnacles are a rock climbers dream, but I would prefer to take pictures of these instead. The Pinnacles is one of the most beautiful locations in the world, but I am bias of course. | Source
The view from Hesperia in Lake Arrowhead, California is spectacular indeed.
The view from Hesperia in Lake Arrowhead, California is spectacular indeed. | Source
Take a walk in the woods in scenic Lake Arrowhead, California
Take a walk in the woods in scenic Lake Arrowhead, California | Source
A view of oak trees in the San Bernardino Mountains.  Most of the leaves have fallen of these trees since it is winter.
A view of oak trees in the San Bernardino Mountains. Most of the leaves have fallen of these trees since it is winter.
Another view looking down towards Hesperia.
Another view looking down towards Hesperia. | Source
A view of pine tree and oak tree branches looking out towards a cloud covered Mount Baldy.
A view of pine tree and oak tree branches looking out towards a cloud covered Mount Baldy. | Source
Have to love the sun streaming through the clouds in this view of Mount Baldy.
Have to love the sun streaming through the clouds in this view of Mount Baldy. | Source

If you watch the video you can see the city lights look spectacular on the ride or drive up the mountain. 

Cloudy view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
Cloudy view of Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
Branches and clouds in the sky above.
Branches and clouds in the sky above. | Source
A late afternoon walk in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A late afternoon walk in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
I love the shape of the barren trees in the winter months, which will be blossoming in a few months come spring.
I love the shape of the barren trees in the winter months, which will be blossoming in a few months come spring. | Source
The trees and the clouds make for wonderful views.
The trees and the clouds make for wonderful views. | Source
Love the clouds in the sky, which were signs of the impending rainstorm that hit Lake Arrowhead later that night.
Love the clouds in the sky, which were signs of the impending rainstorm that hit Lake Arrowhead later that night. | Source
Another picture of The Pinnacles with trees slightly obstructed the view.  I love the take pictures of mountains peeking out through tree branches, it is my thing!
Another picture of The Pinnacles with trees slightly obstructed the view. I love the take pictures of mountains peeking out through tree branches, it is my thing! | Source
The branches of a pine tree are quite intriguing indeed.
The branches of a pine tree are quite intriguing indeed. | Source
Picture of the sky with a pine tree and oak tree.
Picture of the sky with a pine tree and oak tree.
Clouds with orange and bluish colors in the sky on a late afternoon in the Lake Arrowhead vicinity.
Clouds with orange and bluish colors in the sky on a late afternoon in the Lake Arrowhead vicinity. | Source
Another view looking out towards Mount Baldy with a pine tree on the left-hand side of the photograph.
Another view looking out towards Mount Baldy with a pine tree on the left-hand side of the photograph. | Source
The clouds are illuminated with sun seeping through.
The clouds are illuminated with sun seeping through. | Source
Amazing clouds in the San Bernardino Mountains
Amazing clouds in the San Bernardino Mountains | Source
The view of Hesperia in the late afternoon as photograph in Lake Arrowhead, California.
The view of Hesperia in the late afternoon as photograph in Lake Arrowhead, California. | Source
Acorns on the ground in December of 2010.
Acorns on the ground in December of 2010. | Source

As I take walks through the woods of Lake Arrowhead I randomly snap pictures of things I find fascinating and beautiful, which are images you can also experience if you decide to make a trip the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains.  Many people only think of the lake, but I highly recommend taking a walk in the woods when you come up to the San Bernardino Mountains.

View of Mount Baldy near sunset.
View of Mount Baldy near sunset. | Source
The tangerine tinge of sunset colors in the rain clouds hover near the San Bernardino Mountains.
The tangerine tinge of sunset colors in the rain clouds hover near the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Another lovely photograph of the vista looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Another lovely photograph of the vista looking out towards Mount Baldy. | Source
The rain clouds are striking against the patches of blue sky near sunset.
The rain clouds are striking against the patches of blue sky near sunset. | Source
Late on Christmas day I very much enjoyed walking around the woods in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Late on Christmas day I very much enjoyed walking around the woods in Lake Arrowhead, California. | Source
The colors of the sky are mingling together to make a lovely sunset with the view of Mount Baldy in the distance.
The colors of the sky are mingling together to make a lovely sunset with the view of Mount Baldy in the distance. | Source
The silhouette of the pine and oak trees near sunset.
The silhouette of the pine and oak trees near sunset. | Source
A large blackened tree stump in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A large blackened tree stump in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Looking out towards The Pinnacles with rain clouds in the sky.
Looking out towards The Pinnacles with rain clouds in the sky. | Source
Another view of Hesperia with beautiful rain clouds in the sky.
Another view of Hesperia with beautiful rain clouds in the sky. | Source
The stripe of blue sky looks amazing over the patches of orange clouds in the sunset sky as photographed in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The stripe of blue sky looks amazing over the patches of orange clouds in the sunset sky as photographed in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
The streaked and colorful sky of sunset.
The streaked and colorful sky of sunset. | Source
The sunset peaking through the branches of the tree.
The sunset peaking through the branches of the tree. | Source
Looking down the hillside in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking down the hillside in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source

Remember To Take Pictures On Your Trip To Lake Arrowhead

Make sure to bring along a digital camera so you can take pictures on your next trip to Lake Arrowhead, California, which is truly a spectacular place to visit.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you ChillyWilly!

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      ChilliWilly 

      7 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

      Oh gosh, what a gorgeous place. Thanks for sharing!

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      agusfanani 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      wow, those are breathtakingly beautiful pictures you present in this hub.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      They are wonderful, you pictures as well as the mountains. Thank you for sharing.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate all the great comments, and I think anyone who has a chance to go up to Lake Arrowhead will truly love it.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Great pics, Julia...love to take a trip up to Lake Arrowhead...only wish I lived in that part of the country. Thanks for the visit.

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW, I love to hike and climb, Lake Arrowhead looks like heaven from here. Beautiful pictures and wonderful details. :) Katie

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      kirutaye 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful pictures and stunning scenery. :o))

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      The mountains are beautiful along with the city lights,SweetiePie;)

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      SteveoMc 

      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Lovely photos, looks like a neat place to visit.

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      Wooded 

      7 years ago

      What beautiful pictures. You are blessed to be able to visit there and see these views in person. Thanks for sharing!

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      jeanie.stecher 

      7 years ago from Seattle

      Nice pictures you have here. The place looks solemn and peaceful and definitely a good place to have camp. =)

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