HWY 38 (Redlands) and HWY 18 (Lucerne Valley) - Chains required on all vehicles except 4WD/AWD vehicles with snow tires on all 4 wheels.
All Routes to Big Bear are Open.
Easiest route from most Southern California locations.
It is a bit longer, but is the most scenic.
Shortest way if you are coming Hwy 210 Eastbound.
Less mountain driving and least amount of traffic.
Printable Driving Directions to Big Bear Lake
Winter and Holiday (High Traffic) Driving Tips
Printable Overview Map of Big Bear
FOUR ROUTES TO BIG BEAR
No Matter What Direction You Come From,
There's a Way Up to Big Bear
Before you enter Big Bear Lake into your GPS be sure to select the route that best suits you. Sometimes GPS directions can take you on a route that’s not necessarily the most convenient. Please check out the map and directions on this page to determine what route is best for you.
The most familiar route for motorists traveling from Los Angeles, Orange County San Diego and Inland Empire is Interstate 210 to Hwy. 330 (through Highland). However, other routes to consider are Hwy. 38 (through Redlands) a pleasant, scenic drive that offers fewer curves, or Hwy. 18 (through Crestline), which is a great choice and only five miles difference from Hwy. 330. Of course, if you are traveling from the desert communities or Las Vegas take Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne Valley), which offers the least amount of mountain driving, and is the best route in snowy weather because it receives lesser snowfall.
LEAVING BIG BEAR & WANT TO SAVE TIME?
Take the Same Routes Locals Take During Peak Periods
When leaving Big Bear during peak periods or on fresh powder days consider traveling on the routes locals take, which are Hwy. 38 toward Redlands and Hwy. 18 toward Lucerne Valley (best in snowy weather). Both routes are east of the ski resorts that ultimately take motorists west, north and south as a convenient way back home. Take it from a local, during peak periods "
East is Least" and will eventually save you some travel time.
If you take Hwy. 330 home during peak periods and appears backed up, then consider taking Hwy. 18 toward Crestline/Lake Arrowhead. This route has a bit more mountain driving, but could save you time on the way home.