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Mountain Biking in Big Bear

Big Bear has a rich history of mountain bike riding and racing that started back in the early 1980s. What started with a couple of small local races grew to a point where Snow Summit hosted a number of World Cup races, and became the premier destination in Southern California for lift service mountain biking. Despite the fact that Snow Summit no longer hosts mountain bike races at the resort, lift service mountain biking continues and offers the general public one of the easier and more spectacular ways to enjoy the grandeur of the Big Bear Valley. Mountain bike racing is still alive in Big Bear as well. Each summer Team Big Bear hosts a number of races that are part of the Southern California State Championship Series. From the hard core mountain bike enthusiast to an athletic family, the valley offers a wide variety of options for riding.

A few suggestions before you embark on any of these rides – make sure you and your group are prepared. Your bikes need to be in good working order, take plenty of food and water, and please stop by one of the local bike shops or the Big Bear Discovery Center to pick up a map.

Best Mountain Bike Trails

The following ride descriptions are intended to give you an overview of the ride and are not intended to be a mapquest, turn-by-turn description of your ride. Take a map and do not be afraid to stop by one of the bike shops for information.

Grout Bay Trail

This is a local favorite.  Despite its short distance, 10 miles, this is one of the best single tracks in the valley. Park across the street from the fire station in Fawnskin.  Head west on the pavement (Rim of the World), it will turn to dirt. The dirt road is Forest Service Road 3N14.  Take 3N14 past YMCA Camp Whittle to Hanna Flats Campground, go to camp site 51. The trail starts here.  It is signed but does cross a number of forest service roads, so pay attention.  The loop will take you back to Fawnskin. Option – For the more advanced riders, a trip to the Butler Peak Fire Tower, at 8535’, will offer you the most spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of the Big Bear Valley, the LA basin, and the high desert. The two roads you need to locate on your map to make this out and back trip are 2W13 and 2N13C.  You can ride the Grout Bay Trail then turn right on 2N13 head up to the tower and finish the ride by returning to the Grout Bay Trail and riding into Fawnskin.

Holcomb Valley

Holcomb Valley is accessible by forest service road 3N09, known to most as Van Dusen Canyon.  You can ride the four miles up Van Dusen Canyon or, for a family outing, drive the four miles and start at the top of Van Dusen Canyon where it junctions with forest service road 3N16. For a relatively easy ride, take 3N16 to the east at the top of Van Dusen Canyon.  3W16 will take you past a beautiful mountain meadow, once the site of the town of Belleville and the center of mining activity in the valley in the 1800s.  Continuing on 3N16 for another 3 miles, you will arrive at the site of the old Lucky Baldwin Mine and a fantastic view of the Mojave Desert.  At this point you should turn around and head back to your original location. Option – For advanced riders, a trip around Delamar Mountain is a great ride.  Go west on 3N16 to 2N09 (turn left), take 2N09 to 2N71. 2N71 will take you around the front side of Delamar Mountain and will offer unbelievable views of Big Bear Lake and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area.  Take 2N71 to 3N12 (turn right), 3N12 to 3N16 (turn right).  On the return trip on 3N16 you will pass Hitchcock Ranch, now a Boy Scout Camp, and one of the most beautiful meadows in the Big Bear area.

Grand View Loop

For over 20 years, this nine mile ride from the top of the Snow Summit Sky Chair lift has been a Big Bear Classic.  The ride begins with a breathtaking ride along forest service road 2N10. With the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area to the south and the Santa Ana River Valley below, you will not be at a loss for photo opportunities.  The return trip, on forest service road 2N08 and Town Trail, offers a number of outstanding lake views. Option – If you are looking for a longer ride from the top of the chair lift, then continue on 2N10 to the Lodge Pole Pine.  This massive lodge pole pine tree is surrounded by a beautiful meadow and is accessible on a sweet little section of single track.  The return trip will be on 2N17, 2N08 and Town Trail.  This is an 18 mile ride.

Pine Knot -1E01

Another Big Bear Classic….start and end in the Village on an incredibly designed trail. Trail head found at Aspen Glen Campground, on Mill Creek Road…1/2 mile west of Big Bear Village. An out and back/up and down to Grand View point is an excellent moderate level ride. 6 miles roundtrip with plenty of opportunity to expand on this ride.

Santa Ana River Trail

Often written up as one of the most incredible mountain bike rides in California, catching this from the very top trail head and making your way to the very bottom in Redlands will satisfy your appetite for single track for years. Accessed from Highway 38, approximately 15 minutes outside of Big Bear, it’s a true gem of Southern California. This can be a two- to eight-hour single track ride.

Pioneer Town Ride

This is generally a one-way ride to the awesome historical desert town of Pioneer Town. Be sure to visit Pappy and Harriet’s when you get there. Access this from Baldwin Lake. Arrange a shuttle ahead of time and enjoy a classic, nearly fully downhill rides from alpine Big Bear to the high desert on the edge of Joshua Tree National Monument.

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Big Bear Cycling Association – Taco Party at Sonora Cantina

June 6

BBCA Taco Party at Sonora Cantina. Please see BBCA website for details

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

June 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

Big Bear MTB Shoot Out #2

June 13 - June 14

2020 CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES #7 ~ BIG BEAR 2
June 13-14, 2020 Snow Summit Resort, Big Bear Lake, CA
CALIFORNIA MTB SERIES CROSS-COUNTRY #7 SERIES FINAL
CALIFORNIA MTB SERIES ENDURANCE #6 SERIES FINAL
SNOW SUMMIT DOWNHILL SERIES #2
SO CAL ENDURO SERIES #5

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

June 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

June 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

June 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

July 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

July 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

Crafts N Cranks Bike and Beer Festival

July 18 - July 19

Crafts N Cranks is a one-of-a-kind festival for mountain bikers, craft beer aficionados, and outdoor enthusiasts, featuring two days of bike competitions and beer tastings, with live music and a few carnival rides mixed in for fun at SoCal’s home for year-round outdoor fun – Snow Summit.

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

July 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

July 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

August 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

August 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

August 15 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

August 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

August 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

September 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

September 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

BBCA Intermediate Community Mountain Bike Ride

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

MTB: Intermediate/Advanced Ride

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Meet at Chains Required Bike Shop, 41869 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, USA

Big Bear Grizzly 100 & MTB Gran Fondo

September 26 @ 1:00 am - 10:00 am

The Big Bear Gran Fondo Mountain Bike ride offers three different routes to fit all levels of riders. From the tame 20k Skyview which takes you up the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair to the 50k Skyline course, you’ll enjoy the best riding that Big Bear has to offer. And if you’re looking for more challenge and adventure, check out the Grizzly 100 or 75k Over the Top NUE options!

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Resources for Biking in Big Bear

Big Bear Cycling Association
Regular Group Rides, Cycling Events, Local Cycling Resource Guide

Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation
Forest Advocate, Group Activities, Community Trail Maintenance Days, Maps & Guides

Team Big Bear
Bike Racing, Results, and Links

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San Bernardino National Forest
Visitor guides and maps, alerts, conditions & notices, passes & permits

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.

Snow Summit Sky Chair Rides
Chair lift operating in summer time from the base of Snow Summit ski & bike resort

Bike Shops in Big Bear

Bear Valley Bikes

Chains Required

Goldsmith’s Sports
Bike sales and rentals, gear, trail maps, and advice

Blauers

Big Bear Sports – Big Bear Mountain Resort
Bike rentals, clothing, headwear, souvenirs, and more.