November is one of the best times of the year to explore the mountains around Lake Arrowhead. The leaves have changed color and the temperature dips. In fact, it’s one of the few places in Southern California where fall is in the air. If you are planning to take a short fall vacation, here are a few ideas for having fun in the Swiss Alps of So Cal — Lake Arrowhead.
Visit the San Bernardino National Forest to learn more about hiking in the local conditions. Temperatures in November are typically pleasant, making longer hikes manageable, providing less chance of sunburn and providing an opportunity to see wildlife in their natural habitats. If you plan to hike, make sure you prepare for both unseasonably cool and warm weather, as snowfall can occur in as early as November and as late as May. At nearly 700,000 acres, the forest feels majestically uncrowded in the quieter months of fall. So escape the crowds in the valley below and head up where the air is clear. Need a trail map to spark some ideas? Click this great Arrowhead Ranger District Trails map to find the right trail and campground to meet your needs.
While you are in the mountains, stop at the Strawberry Peak Lookout, a functioning wildfire tower that offers great views and picture-taking opportunities of the area. Built in 1934, the tower’s has volunteers on hand to provide visitors with tips about fire prevention as well as the history of fire throughout the region.
Wildhaven Ranch is a wildlife sanctuary and visitor center that features endangered and indigenous wild animals. Operated by the San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society, Wildhaven Ranch is open on Saturday. If you are interested in seeing eagles, bears, and other creatures, reservations are recommended.
Live in the hectic world of Los Angeles or San Diego? You may need of a trip out of town for Thanksgiving. Check out the Lake Arrowhead region for a relaxing mountain escape. Here are some tips for getting the most “gobble” out of your Thanksgiving vacation:
- Make a long weekend trip. Look at the many offerings at Arrowhead Property Rental to find the perfect property to spend “turkey day” in the mountains.
- Prepare for possible snow. Since Thanksgiving is at the end of the month, there is a chance you and your family will be able to enjoy a blanket of snow while you dine.
- Lake Arrowhead boasts several great restaurants offering delicious Thanksgiving dinners. Or simply stock up at Stater Bros or Jensen’s for a turkey banquet with all of the trimmings.
November is a great time in Lake Arrowhead, where you can feel the chill of winter coming without the risk of massive snowstorms (though we sometimes enjoy those, too). Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with your entire family with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.