Lake Williams is a small community of several dozen homes situated a few miles outside the Big Bear Valley to the southeast. This area is conveniently accessed right off Highway 38, the popular "Local's Route" into and out of Big Bear.
Lake Williams itself is usually a dry lake. In extremely wet winters, the lake will hold water through the springtime. But the far majority of years will find the lake nothing but dry all year round.
Lake Williams is bordered to the east by national forest and is not too far from one of the country's most popular hiking and equestrian trails, The Pacific Cresy Trail. To the west, Lake Williams sits below Sugarloaf Mountain and its surrounding peaks.
Lake Williams is perhaps a great place for those looking for a little slower pace and don't mind being a 15-20 minute drive from skiing, the lake, shopping and the village. It also offers those looking to explore some of the lesser know wilderness areas in Big Bear in relative solitude.
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