Big Bear Road Cycling
Big Bear Lake road cycling burst onto the international scene in 2010 as a Stage Finish for Stage #6 of the Amgen Tour of California. This 135-mile, 13,000-foot stage was complimented by international cycling announcer Phil Liggett in his comment that “we have just been treated to one of the best cycling stages we’ve seen in America, ever!” and was also the subject of an extensive article in Velo News comparing Stage #6 to the most difficult stages in the Tour de France. The Tour of California returned to Big Bear in 2012 making a splash once again in the cycling world with “the Tour’s most difficult stage.” Look for it again in 2015.
Cycling is part of the casual outdoor lifestyle found in the San Bernardino Mountains. Road enthusiasts can ride from the simple City Bike Routes to the climbing challenge of Onyx Summit. Join our visitors, second homeowners, residents and the Big Bear Cycling Association and ride with us!
Best Road Cycling Routes
Lake Circle – 18 miles
Generally Flat – This trail can begin from anywhere in the city and goes around the scenic shores of Big Bear Lake and through surrounding neighborhoods. A basic route will take you on city streets and state highways. From City Hall (39707 Big Bear Boulevard), head west on Highway 18 to Big Bear Dam. Turn right on Highway 38 at the signal and go east on North Shore Drive through the town of Fawnskin, past the Big Bear Discovery Center to Stanfield Cutoff. Turn right on Stanfield Cutoff to Big Bear Boulevard. Turn right on Big Bear Boulevard and then a variety of routes can be taken to get through city and back toward City Hall.
Arctic Circle – 30 miles
Rolling Hills and Beautiful Scenery – From City Hall (39707 Big Bear Boulevard), head west on Highway 18 to Big Bear Dam. Go straight through the signal and head west on Highway 18 (Arctic Circle) towards Snow Valley Ski Area. Head west about 6.5 miles and turnaround at “Lakeview Point”, before the road heads down into the Snow Valley area. Head back east on Arctic Circle, take North Shore Drive (Highway 38) on North Shore and follow remainder of Lake Circle route.
North Shore – 38 miles
Rolling Hills and Fast Flats – From City Hall (39707 Big Bear Boulevard), head west on Highway 18 to Big Bear Dam. Turn right on Highway 38 at the signal and go east on North Shore Drive through the town of Fawnskin. Head east on Highway 38 to the top of Cushenbury Grade. Turnaround at Cushenbury Grade and turn left on Baldwin Lake Road. Follow Baldwin Lake Road around until it becomes Shay Meadow Road, and then wind your way back through Big Bear City and Big Bear Lake on signed bike routes.
Onyx Summit – 16 miles
Climbing from 6750 to 8500 feet – This is the best true climb within Big Bear Valley. State Highway 38 climbs out of Big Bear Valley at the far east end of the valley. This ride is usually added onto to one of the previous rides for more high altitude training.
Please contact the Big Bear Cycling Association at www.bigbearcycling.com for ride schedules and events.
Resources for Road and Mountain Biking in Big Bear
Team Big Bear
Bike Racing, Results, and Links
Bear Valley Bikes
Bikes for Sale, Bikes for Rent, Guided Bike Tours, Maps, Bike Parts, Repairs, Clothing, Shoes.
Follett’s Local Trail Map
Best Map of Big Bear MTB Trails – available for purchase at bike stores and other specialty stores in Big Bear Lake.
Big Bear Cycling Association
Regular Group Rides, Cycling Events, Local Cycling Resource Guide
Big Bear Adventure Hostel
Group Rides, Mountain Bike Trail Information, Maps
Snow Summit Sky Chair Rides
Sky chair rides
Online Trail Maps
Bike Maps, Route Resources, Always Something New
Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation
Group Rides, Maps, Trail Conservation
Guide and Ride (email)
Ride Big Bear’s coolest singletrack and local hotspots with local legend Rich “The Rev” White.
Steven K Sports
Professional Mtn. Bike Team, Race Training, Coaching & Guided Tours with local Pro Rider Steve Kinney