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The community is located in the Swarthout Valley, which was first settled in 1851. It is bordered on the east by the San Bernardino County line and the town of Wrightwood.

It is the highest elevation settlement located on the San Andreas Fault.


Big Pines began as a year-round recreation area built by Los Angeles County in 1924.[1] It is a popular ski area close to Los Angeles, as it has a history of significant snowfall, even as late as May.[2][3]

The Mountain High Ski Resort and the Table Mountain Observatory are located in Big Pines.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Krig, Pat; Van Houten, Barbara (2004). Images of America: Wrightwood & Big Pines. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-2899-4. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ "California Hit by Snow; Girl Dies in Drift". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 5 May 1930. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  3. ^ "World's Ski Record Broken". Eugene Register-Guard. 2 February 1931. Retrieved 29 August 2011.