Erwin Lake is located in the south east corner of Big Bear Valley, backing up to National Forest with the high desert below. Because of its easterly location, Erwin Lake gets relatively less snow than the rest of Big Bear. Coupled with its relatively flat terrain, Erwin Lake is convenient to access year round. In fact, Highway 38, also known as "The Local's Route", conveniently runs right through the area for a quick and easy escape up to and off of the mountain.
Erwin Lake is a dry lake. From time to time, the lake will hold water in the wetter spring months. But it usually takes just a few weeks of Big Bear's summer sun to dry things up. The general surroundings are populated with pine forests with thin under growth and chaparral. The area is popular with horse owners as there are an abundance of trails in the surrounding National Forest. In fact, one of Big Bear's best equestrian rides is the Pacific Crest Trail which is just east of Erwin Lake's boundary.
Homes in Erwin Lake vary greatly, from smaller 1 bedroom cabins to huge multi-acre ranches. One of the nicer subdivisions, Hamilton Ranch Estates, is a private, gated equestrian community on the eastern most section of Erwin Lake. In areas to the south, you will also find larger acreage estates. On the western most edge of Erwin Lake, you'll find some of the nicest Big Bear luxury homes in the valley in Meadowbrook Estates. These estates are all on a minimum of one acre of land with many of them backing to the National Forest.