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How to get from Los Angeles to Big Bear

Updated: Feb 1

So you've just booked a rental cabin in Big Bear and you're wondering what the best way to get there is. Well, here are a few!


The distance between Los Angeles and Big Bear Lake is approximately 100 miles (160 km). The estimated time of travel between the two cities is approximately 2 hours, depending on traffic.


Highway 330 (Highland)

This is the most common and direct route taking about 40 minutes from the base of the mountain to Big Bear Lake in ideal conditions.

  • Directions: Take Interstate 210 East to the Hwy 330 exit. Continue until Running Springs and connect with Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake.


Highway 18 (Crestline)

Also known as the Rim of the World Highway, it offers breathtaking views of the interior valleys. This route is especially beautiful at night when all the lights of Inland Empire shine.

  • Directions: Take Interstate 210 East to the Waterman Exit in San Bernardino. Take Waterman North to Hwy 18. Continue Hwy 18 via Crestline to Big Bear Lake.


Highway 38 (Redlands)

This is a relaxing route that meanders through the San Bernardino National Forest. This route takes you to all the way up to 8,443 ft (2,573 m) through the beautiful woodland scenery.

  • Directions: Take Interstate 10 East to Redlands. Exit on Orange Street. Take Orange Street North to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on Lugonia Avenue to Hwy 38. Continue on Hwy 38 to Big Bear Lake.


Highway 18 (Lucerne Valley)

It is a convenient route for those traveling from desert communities and North LA County. This route offers views of the Mojave Desert. For those who are faint of heart, this route offers the least twists and turns with an unnoticeable ascent from the high desert.

  • Getting there: From Las Vegas, take Interstate 15 South to Victorville. Exit Bear Valley Rd. East of Lucerne Valley. Turn right on Hwy 18. Stay on Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake.

  • Directions - From the low desert take Hwy 247 North to Hwy 18. Turn left onto Hwy 18. Continue Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake.

Straight road in the middle of a desert


For the latest weather conditions in Big Bear, check out our Big Bear Weather page.

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