Wild Olive’s Guidebook To Running Springs and Surrounding Areas

Recommended Attractions Near Our Cabins

LouEddies Pizza - Skyforest - CA
LouEddies Pizza

Any of their veggie pizzas are our personal favorites! Sit outside and enjoy your pizza under the glorious trees while listening to classic rock tunes.

Rosalva's Skyforest - California
Rosalva’s Skyforest

Delicious, authentic Mexican food in Skyforest. Only about 7 minutes from the cabin! Outdoor seating under the glorious trees is always my recommendation when eating here.

Lulubelle's Coffee House and Bakery, Running Springs, California

Super friendly and local. Only 5 mins from our cabin! Delicious and fresh pastries, coffee, and cafe food! I highly recommend

Jetties Waterfront - Kitchen & Drink, Lake Arrowhead, California
Jetties Waterfront

Delicious food and drinks right on the lake in Lake Arrowhead. A variety of menu options. My favorite are the poke nachos!

Cedar Glen Malt Shop - Cedar Glen, Lake Arrowhead, California
Cedar Glen Malt Shop

A very small, local restaurant with diner food and the most delicious malts! Our favorite is the cookies and cream malt. Delicious!

Hortencia's at the Cliffhanger - Crestline

We dined here with our friends after a fun day at Lake Gregory and totally enjoyed the views and authentic Mexican food. Ask for a window seat! About 18 mins from our cabin! Breathtaking view of the valley below while eating delicious dishes.

Littlebear Bottleshop - Skyforest
Littlebear Bottleshop

So many unique and recommended spirits from a knowledgeable owner. At Kuffle corner 8 mins from the cabin.

Running Springs Farmers Market
Running Springs Farmers Market

Fantastic fresh produce and baked goods by local folks!

El Toto's Restaurant - Running Springs
El Toto’s Restaurant

Delicious, fast, and casual. Great place for dine-in or pick up!

Lake Gregory - Crestline, CA
Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory is beautiful! It’s only 20 minutes from our cabin from front door to sand. You can rent kayaks, row boats, paddle boards, or even a motorized Duffy! We rented a Duffy as a family and it was one of the best lake memories, ever! Since Lake Arrowhead is a private lake, Lake Gregory is the perfect alternative!

Bella's Antiques - Lake Arrowhead
Bella’s Antiques

If you love antiquing like I do, you’ll love looking through Bella’s Antiques and the neighboring antique shops in this little rustic strip. The shop owners are very kind and friendly folks! I’ve found a few fun pieces here.

Heaps Peak Arboretum Day Use Area - Skyforest, California
Heaps Peak Arboretum

Beautiful yet easy 1 mile loop of stunning trees! Perfect for kids and adults alike. I suggest grabbing one of the leaflets and follow along with the guide to the 25 trees and landmarks. It took us a little under an hour to leisurely hike and observe the trees of this loop. About 7 minutes from our cabin!

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain -  Big Bear Lake
Magic Mountain

So much family fun here! The bob sledding during summer was amazing! Our 4 year old at the time rode with my husband and they had a blast. There are only about 4 – 5 rides / attractions which we really like. It doesn’t feel like a crowded Disneyland

SkyPark at Santa's Village - Skyforest, CA
SkyPark at Santa’s Village

During the summer it’s a Bike Park with zip lining, hiking, and a ton of outdoor activities. During the winter it’s a winter wonderland! Only a few minutes from the cabin.

Baldwin Lake Stables - Big Bear, California
Baldwin Lake Stables

About 45 minutes from our cabin, a little past Big Bear, you find horseback riding at Baldwin Lake Stables. Great for kids and grown ups alike to ride trails! Highly recommended!

Deep Creek - Running Springs, CA
Deep Creek

This is a local favorite and not easy to find. It’s the Running Spring’s gem and best kept secret. Enough said.

Chateu in The Village - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Chateu in The Village

Fantastic antiquing! Great and helpful folks to help you.

McKenzie's WaterSki School - Lake Arrowhead, CA
McKenzie’s WaterSki School

If you’d like to learn how to waterski, or just a fun way to access Lake Arrowhead, this is the place to go!

Mystic Mountain Music Records & Thrift - Crestline, CA
Mystic Mountain Music

All your vintage vinyl needs are met right here!

Snow Valley Mountain Resort - Running Springs, California
Snow Valley Mountain Resort

Amazing ski destination just 10 mins from the cabin!

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park - Running Springs, CA
Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park

Fun park to sled with kids and the entire family!

Hilltop Haus - Running Springs
Hilltop Haus

This is the cutest little shop in town! Artisan gifts, decor, and beautiful one-of-a-kind items. The owner, Heather, is super helpful and welcoming! Only 5 minutes away from our cabins.

Lake Arrowhead Candle Co. - Skyforest, California
Lake Arrowhead Candle Co.

Quality, one-of-a-kind, hand poured candles made by my friend, Kate! Visit her beautiful little shop in Kuffel Canyon. Only 10 mins away from our cabins.

Lake Arrowhead Village - Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead Village

Only 15 minutes from our cabin. The Village is a great place to stroll, window shop, have dinner at any of the cute restaurants there, take in the lake views! There’s also a Stater Brother’s market and all the essentials there!

The VILLAGE SHOPS and Courtyard - Big Bear Lake, CA

Beautiful shopping and entertainment district on the Lake, nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. Offering up restaurants, bars, and shops for travelers of all backgrounds. An excellent way to spend an afternoon in Big Bear.

Juniper Moon - Running Springs, California
Juniper Moon

Find crystals, sage, and earthy items in this unique shop!

Running Springs, California

Running Springs, California

Are you looking for a peaceful retreat among the stunning natural landscapes of California? Look no further than Running Springs, a charming town in San Bernardino Mountains. In this guidebook, we will explore everything from the best things to do in Running Springs to the frequently asked questions about visiting the nearby attractions.
  • How far is Running Springs from San Bernardino Mountains?

    Running Springs is a small town located in the San Bernardino Mountains. It is only a short drive away from San Bernardino Mountains, so you can easily enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

  • What is the weather like in Running Springs?

    Running Springs features a mild year-round climate due to its elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level. During summer, temperatures range from the 50s to the 80s, making it a pleasant place to escape the heat. Snowfall is common in the winter months, providing opportunities for skiing and winter sports activities.

  • Where can I find rental equipment in Running Springs?

    There are several locations in Running Springs where you can rent outdoor equipment such as skis, snowboards, and hiking gear. Snow Valley Ski Resort, located just a few minutes away, also offers equipment rentals for winter sports enthusiasts.

  • What outdoor activities are available in Running Springs?

    Running Springs is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and more in the surrounding area. There are also several picnic areas and campgrounds located near Running Springs.

  • What trails are recommended for hiking in Running Springs?

    There are several beautiful hiking trails in the San Bernardino National Forest surrounding Running Springs. The Wildhorse Trail and Snowslide Trail are both popular with hikers, offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and unique wildlife sightings.

  • Where can I ski or snowboard in Running Springs?

    If you're a fan of winter sports, head to Snow Valley, located just 5 minutes away from Running Springs. With natural snowfall and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment, Snow Valley is the perfect place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the winter months.

  • What is Lake Gregory and how can I enjoy it?

    If you're looking for a fun family activity, head to Lake Gregory Recreation Area. Located just a short drive away from Running Springs, you can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and swimming in the lake. The area also boasts beautiful walking paths and picnic areas.

  • What is Lake Arrowhead and how can I enjoy it?

    Lake Arrowhead is another nearby attraction that is definitely worth a visit. You can take in the lake views by taking a leisurely stroll along one of the many walking trails, or enjoy a boat tour to get a closer look at the stunning surroundings. For adrenaline junkies, there's the Arrowhead Queen narrated boat tour, which takes you around the lake in an enclosed pontoon boat.

  • What fun activities are there to do in Big Bear Lake?

    If you're looking for an adventure, head to Big Bear Lake. Located just a few miles away from Running Springs, Big Bear Lake offers year-round outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, boating, and hiking. The town is also home to several restaurants and cafes, making it the perfect place to spend a day out with the family.

  • How do I get to Running Springs?

    You can reach Running Springs via California State Route 18, also known as Rim of the World Highway. The highway provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

  • What kind of accommodations are there in Running Springs?

    Running Springs has a range of accommodations for every budget, from charming bed and breakfasts to rustic cabins. You can also find several hotels and motels in the area, all offering spectacular mountain views. For the best possible experience, check out our cabins in Running Springs.

  • What is the best way to explore Running Springs?

    The best way to explore Running Springs is on foot. There are several walking trails throughout the town that offer breathtaking views and glimpses of local wildlife. Alternatively, you can drive along Highway 18 and take in the stunning scenery from the comfort of your car.

  • What are the top lookout points in Running Springs?

    There are several lookout points in Running Springs that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Some of the most popular lookout points include the Green Valley Lake Overlook and the Arrowbear Panorama lookout.

  • What are the most recommended routes to drive on highways near Running Springs?

    Highway 18, also known as Rim of the World Highway, offers some of the most stunning views in the area. It stretches through the San Bernardino National Forest and provides access to several lookout points and hiking trails. Another recommended route is the 10-mile loop around Big Bear Lake, which offers spectacular lake views.

  • Where can I find the best spots to take photos in Running Springs?

    There are several spots in Running Springs that offer stunning photo opportunities. The Oak Glen Vista Point provides beautiful views of the valley below, while Running Springs Veterans Park is a popular spot for taking family photos. Additionally, you can take a drive along Highway 18 to capture photos of the surrounding mountains and forests.

    Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat in the mountains or an adventure-packed vacation with the family, Running Springs and its surrounding areas have something for everyone. Start planning your trip now and discover the beauty of this charming California town!