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Little Green Valley
- Location: Highway 18 between Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. From I-210, take the Waterman Ave (highway 18) exit and head north for a total of 30 miles. The trailhead is on the north (left) side of the road, about five miles after the merge with highway 330 at Running Springs. Look for mile marker 37.24, near the Snow Valley ski area, and pull into the trailhead parking lot. A National Forest Service adventure pass ($5 per day or $30 for the year) is required to park here. Click here to purchase.
- Agency: San Bernardino National Forest/Arrowhead Ranger Station
- Distance: 2.5 miles
- Elevation gain 700 feet
- Suggested time: 1.5 hours
- Difficulty rating: PG
- Best season: April – November
- USGS topo map: Keller Peak
- Recommended guidebook: Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire
- More information: here
- Rating: 7
Little Green Valley may sound like it should be somewhere in the Ozark or Appalachians, but it is in fact located in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. Although the trail doesn’t have the panoramic lake and mountain views of some of the other trails in the area, it offers a nice secluded getaway to a field where, save for some power lines, there are virtually no signs of civilization.
From the parking area, follow the signs for trail 2w10, across a stream, and follow it up to a dirt road. The trail continues a few yards to the right across the road, continuing through the pine forest and soon reaching another intersection. After this, the real climbing begins, as the trail begins switchbacking up the ridge. Stay left as an obscure branches off, and you’ll soon arrive at Little Green Valley. Keep in mind that this last stretch can sometimes be a little damp.
Finally you arrive at Little Green Valley, an attractive pasture that might remind San Jacinto veterans of Little Round Valley. There are several large logs where you can sit and enjoy the scenery before heading back down to the car.