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Big Bear Mountain Biking

Welcome to Big Bear, Southern California's ultimate destination for mountain biking enthusiasts! Whether you're a seasoned rider or just starting out, our diverse terrain and breathtaking scenery offer an unforgettable experience for all. And what better way to enjoy your biking adventure than by staying in one of our cozy big bear cabins? Let's dive into the exciting world of cycling and mountain biking in Big Bear!

With an impressive array of downhill trails and single-tracks ranging from beginner-friendly to expert-level challenges, you're guaranteed to find the perfect ride every time you visit. The Summit Bike Park's convenient chairlift whisks you and your bike to the mountain's peak, granting access to an extensive network of trails both on and off the property. Don't worry if you didn't bring your own bike – you can easily rent one from local shops like Goldsmith's or Bear Valley Bikes.

Mountain Biking

Summit Bike Park

Big Bear's reputation as a mountain biking paradise dates back to the 1990s when it hosted prestigious races, including the NORBA National Championship Series. Our downhill terrain has been conquered by professional riders and weekend warriors alike, offering thrills for all skill levels.

Established in 2012, Summit Bike Park has quickly become a favorite among riders. The park features a variety of exciting setups, including banked turns, bridges, and new trails that are constantly being developed to keep the experience fresh and challenging.

Single-Track Riding

What sets Big Bear apart is its extensive network of over 100 miles of cross-country, single-track, and Forest Service roads. This diverse terrain caters to riders of all abilities, ensuring everyone can find their perfect trail.

One of the most popular routes is the Skyline Ridge Trail (2N10), which passes through Snow Summit and rewards riders with breathtaking views of San Gorgonio and Big Bear Lake. Other fan favorites like Grand View Loop and Plantation Trail are easily accessible from the Scenic Sky Chair, offering a unique way to start your ride.

To make the most of your mountain biking adventure, we recommend studying our Top Trails or picking up a detailed map at the Big Bear Lake Visitor Center. And don't forget – renting one of our comfortable big bear cabins for rent will give you the perfect home base to relax and recharge after a day on the trails!

Road Cycling

Big Bear isn't just for mountain bikers – road cyclists from across Southern California are drawn to our challenging climbs and high-altitude routes. Our town has proudly hosted major cycling events like the 2010 and 2012 Amgen Tours of California, and the annual Tour de Big Bear attracts thousands of cyclists each year. Local bike shops are always ready to keep riders in top form, offering everything from bike service and repairs to equipment sales.

Beginner Rides

If you're new to cycling or prefer a more leisurely ride, you'll love the paved Alpine Pedal Path. This scenic route stretches for 3 1/2 miles along the northern shoreline, from Stanfield Cutoff to the Observatory. It's the perfect option for a relaxing, lakeside cruise without having to worry about traffic!

Intermediate/Advanced Routes

For those seeking a bit more challenge, a ride around Big Bear Lake offers a 20+ mile journey with stunning views. However, cyclists should be extremely mindful of cars on this route. Riders will take Hwy 38 on the North Shore and Hwy 18 on the South Shore, starting from the Dam and ending at Stanfield Cutoff.

For an extra adventure, consider adding a 20-mile trek around Baldwin Lake at Stanfield Cutoff. While this extension doesn't add much vertical climb, it significantly increases your ride's length. To tackle the Baldwin Loop, continue east from Stanfield Cutoff until you reach Baldwin Lake Road on the North Side or Shay Road on the South Side.

Important note: Hwy 18 and Hwy 38 intersect at Greenway Dr, so be sure to study a map before setting out. For the ultimate challenge, advanced riders can add a grueling 9-mile climb to Onyx Summit – reaching an impressive altitude of 8,443 feet – on Hwy 38.

Bike Rentals

To make your cycling adventure in Big Bear even more convenient, several local businesses offer bike rentals:

Goldsmith's Sports- 42071 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

Paddles and Pedals- 40545 North Shore Ln, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

Bear Valley Bikes- 40298 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

Summit Bike Park- 880 Summit Blvd, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

After an exhilarating day of cycling or mountain biking, there's nothing better than returning to a cozy cabin to relax and share stories of your adventures.

Big Bear offers a wide range of cabins for rent, from rustic retreats to luxurious lodges, ensuring you'll find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs and budget.

So why wait? Rent a cabin and come up to Big Bear for an unforgettable mountain biking experience! Whether you're seeking the thrill of downhill trails, the serenity of lakeside rides, or the challenge of high-altitude climbs, Big Bear has it all. Our combination of world-class biking terrain, stunning natural beauty, and comfortable accommodations makes for the perfect cycling getaway.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore our extensive trail network, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and create lasting memories in one of Southern California's most beautiful destinations. Book your big bear cabin today and get ready for the cycling adventure of a lifetime!

Renting a bike is a great way to enjoy Big Bear Lake with the family and get a great workout while exploring the beautiful surroundings. Whether you're an experienced mountain biker or just looking for a leisurely ride, Big Bear offers something for everyone. And what better way to complement your biking adventure than by staying in one of the cozy big bear cabins for rent?

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Big Bear Lake Visitor Center

  • 40824 Big Bear Blvd

  • Big Bear Lake, CA 92315



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