Big Bear Lake to Host Global Long-Distance Hiking Event Series as HIGHLANDER expands into U.S.

International hiking adventure company introduces an exclusive, multi-day adventure to America

Big Bear LAKE, Calif. — Once a sought-after spot in the California Gold Rush will now be a mining gold for trekkers willing to push their limits physically and enjoy complete balance with nature for a few days.

Big Bear Lake The center of the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California, will serve as the initial U.S. location for the highly acclaimed HIGHLANDER event series beginning on Sept. 27 through October. 2 in 2022 when HIGHLANDER Adventure expands into America.

HIGHLANDER Big Bear Lake Hiking will provide three distinct types of hikes Highlander (60 miles) which is a five-day trip HIGHLANDER (30 miles) for a three-day adventure as well as HIGHLANDER (15 miles) A weekend-long adventure.

HIGHLANDER is truly an unforgettable experience. Through the HIGHLANDER hike, every participant is able to connect with nature and is able to see the world from a different angle. The hike will test the participants, but they’ll overcome it, meeting new people and making use of all five senses on the route. Because HIGHLANDER isn’t an event and there aren’t winners or losers Participants — even strangers — are encouraged to cheer each other on.

HIGHLANDER was established in Croatia in 2017 when three trio Jurica Barac Igor Mlinarevic and Andrej Mlinarevic were inspired to share their enthusiasm and love of long-distance hiking. The series has since expanded into a global series with 15 countries including Austria, France, Greece, Morocco, Slovenia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Our goal is to inspire individuals to take on a hike and, in turn, change themselves to be healthier physically and mentally healthy as well,” said HIGHLANDER Adventure’s CEO and co-founder Jurica Barac. We are thrilled and proud of the fact that HIGHLANDER is finally bringing its brand to the American terrain. America is a land that is stunning in its natural beauty, and those who are looking to change their lives. This is the reason we are sure that the hiking trip for the long-distance HIGHLANDER is going to be a huge success.”

“HIGHLANDER is an extended-distance hiking experience accessible to all who want to test their limits as they learn about sustainability,” Barac added. “For this first event ever, HIGHLANDER will be held in America. HIGHLANDER event will be held in America and located in Big Bear Lake, California with its awe-inspiring scenery and breathtaking landscapes. Therefore, I would like to invite you to join us beginning on the 27th of September to be a part of the change with us.

“Thanks to our strategic partner in the world, Spartan Race, Visit Big Bear along with the HIGHLANDER crew which have collaborated on this project for months in order to bring our ‘Adventure of A Lifetime” to America. Come on out and join us on the trail!’

By 2021 Spartan is the globe’s most renowned endurance sports and extreme wellness brand and has recognized the potential of HIGHLANDER in a partnership with a potential strategic stakeholder making it possible to bring this exclusive, long-distance, adventure-hiking experience to the U.S.

The mission, vision, and values of both brands are derived from the same premise of building physical and mental resilience to make positive lifestyle transformations.

The partnership between Spartan Race and HIGHLANDER lets us encourage many more people across the globe to take part in activities physically demanding that they feel are out of their abilities”, added Spartan Race founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “This is about identifying our limits, going beyond them.”

Every HIGHLANDER event is a unique location that ranges from vast deserts to mountain tops that are snowy and from sand dunes to pastures and lakes which are appealing to modern-day travelers.

The participants are encouraged to ditch their phones and take in the natural world and join the global HIGHLANDER group of hikers.

“The HIGHLANDER approach strikes the perfect balance between guided trekking and self-sufficient trek,” said Peter Watson, acclaimed travel writer photographer as well as HIGHLANDER ambassador. “With numerous logistics handled I am able to enjoy the freedom that comes from walking on my own with the added benefit of having less weight to carry and not having to worry about food or fuel as well as planning routes or searching for campsites that are suitable every day. Instead, I can pay attention to the trail ahead and relish the view.”

“HIGHLANDER can also be a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and meet new people while hiking,” Watson added. “Even even though I’m a solo hiker, fellow hikers are always within reach and are always willing to stop to chat. Evenings are social occasions with hikers sharing stories around the campfire. I’ve kept in contact with several people I met along the way and we’re planning more HIGHLANDER hikes.”

Early early bird registration is now open for HIGHLANDER Big Bear Lake is open, but spaces are very limited. Learn more at:

The Highlander
Established in 2017 in Croatia the HIGHLANDER series is a worldwide series of hiking events that spans 15 countries. The multi-day, non-competitive hikes explore many of the beautiful and famous mountains around the world. As an organization, HIGHLANDER stands for nature conservation and education about taking care of nature and living a healthy lifestyle.