Lake Arrowhead from the VillageView All Sizes
JOURNAL : June 14, 2009
|Series||Camping at Lake Arrowhead|
Lake Arrowhead is a quaint mountain resort town that hovers protectively over its cache of water. On the way up to Big Bear I decided to take an overnight detour into the town. Since I drink dozens of gallons of its water on a weekly basis an investigation into the source was long overdue.
The pattern follows other lake towns like Tahoe and Big Bear with narrow curvy roads hugging the shoreline and woody houses densely built into the steep banks. For awhile I sought a pleasant spot to stop and nibble but nary a parking place was to be found. Indeed, everywhere were signs warning against parking by temporary freeloaders like myself.
After meandering through numerous neighborhoods I popped back out on the main road (the 173) and decided to stop on a spit of land between Lake Arrowhead and Papoose Lake, adjacent to a small marina. I had the long-awaited snack and consulted the map for the location of the North Shore Campground.
The Eastern End of Lake ArrowheadView All Sizes
Okay, if you happen to be looking for it, you must take a right onto Hospital Road near the eastern end of the lake, head up a few hundred yards, then take a left opposite the entrance to the hospital. Only one rather ambiguous sign is posted on the main road. It wasn't very clear and I ended up driving back and forth for an hour, trying different roads before I axed someone and they gave me the correct directions.
This was the highlight of the 24 hours spent in the vicinity of the lake. The campground, although blanketed with dry grass, was quiet, shady, and sits on a rise which affords some views — albeit partially obscured — of Lake Arrowhead and surrounding mountains. I walked about a bit and selected the camp site with the highest elevation.
The next morning as the sun was rising I was rewarded with some beautiful views while warming up in the new sun.
The Rim of the WorldView All Sizes
Lake Arrowhead from North Shore CampgroundView All Sizes
Lake Arrowhead from the Green Valley Lake RoadView All Sizes
A mallard looking for a handout.View All Sizes
The rest of the morning I explored the area and its many winding roads. For awhile I poked around in Lake Arrowhead Village and scoped out the shore, but it seems largely inaccessible to casual inquiry, apparently almost entirely private property. The area has many beautiful houses. Many were unoccupied and town traffic was quiet on a Sunday morning. For the future I noted this area is best explored on a motorcycle or bicycle.
A view from my camp siteView All Sizes
A small Marina with Papoose Lake in the backgroundView All Sizes
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June 14, 2009
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