Crowded beyond belief from mid morning onward, the Big Bear Lake Trailhead is one that you get up early to access. Quite a few popular trails begin there. You’ll be almost alone on your way up, and pass a million people on your way down. I promise you’ll be thanking me for getting you up early. Plus, you get to see the sunrise. Score!
Right at the trailhead is Big Bear Lake. There is no travel time there, it is just in front of you. How many trails start out with a big payoff at the beginning? It will definitely jazz you up to see the rest of the hike.