Big Bear Lake Adventures
Posted: 03/26/19 | By Hannah K
Big Bear Lake is a year-round, four-season resort in the mountains above Southern California.
Big Bear Lake is a year-round, four-season resort in the mountains above Southern California. We are located in the San Bernardino Mountains about a 2 ½ hour drive from Los Angeles or Orange County and about 3 hours from San Diego. Big Bear Airport is available for most private planes and other aircraft.
Everyone knows that winter in Big Bear Lake offers the best skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snow tubing in Southern California.
Spring, summer and fall open up a whole new world of adventure for the outdoor enthusiast. Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, wakeboarding, parasailing, rock climbing and more.
From Adventure Season in the Spring to Falltacular in the Autumn, here are some not-to-be-missed races and activities that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
In mid-May, competitive adventure enthusiasts descend on Big Bear Lake as the true beast arrives with the Reebok Spartan Race. The Beast will test not only your endurance, perseverance and grit, but also your mind. The 12-14 Mile Beast packs more than 30 Signature Spartan Obstacles and your final hurdle to Spartan TRIFECTA glory.
Three more high-octane events for adventure junkies are the Holcomb Valley Trail Run in mid-June Crafts and Cranks in late July and the Kodiak 100 Ultra Trail Run in late August. One is a 7, 15 or 33 mile trail run along the Pacific Crest Trail, one is a craft beer festival with downhill mountain bike racing and the other is an ultimate trail run of 25, 50 or 100 miles.
Big Bear Grizzly 100/MTB Gran Fondo is the last weekend of September and is one of the last big adventure bike races of the year. This heart-pumping race gives MTB riders the option of a 20K, 30K, 50K, 75K or 100K course.
If you still have some energy to burn after the race, sign up for the log sawing competition at the Big Bear Oktoberfest. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon you can enjoy German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands, traditional dances and other competitions, such as the Queen Stein Carrying Contest.
Thrill seekers can book a day of boulder crawling and other off-road fun at 7000' feet with Big Bear Jeep Experience or bring your own 4WD and explore Holcomb Valley on the 3 1/2 hour self-guided Gold Fever Trail.
Like to mountain bike? Check out Snow Summit Bike Park where you and your bike can ride the scenic sky chair to the top of the mountain and choose from over 60 miles of trails to ride back down. While you're up on top of Snow Summit, stop in at the Skyline Taphouse or Hog On The Rocks for BBQ and ice cold brews.
Remote camping at Yellow Post Sites is secluded and free and definitely off the beaten path. There are traditional campsites that start around $22 per night and Group Camp Sites that can have up to 40 people for about $120 per night. For camping reservations visit www.recreation.gov Big Bear also has hostels, hotels, cabins, cottages and private home rentals in a variety of locations. Explore your lodging options at www.bigbear.com.
Most of the nightlife is in the Village where you'll find local restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Big Bear Lake Brewing Company is perfect for tasty craft beers and an extensive pub menu and The Cave is a great venue to hear some live music, grab a cocktail, a bite to eat and just chill with friends on the weekend.
If you want something fresh and healthy, stop by Amangela's Sandwich & Bagel House for made-to-order sandwiches, bagels and freshly-made soups and chili or check out Local Tropicali, a new spot featuring fresh organic bowls, coffee, juices and smoothies with a tropical flair. Both eateries have vegan options.
There are new events happening all the time, so visit our website at www.bigbear.com while planning your Adventure Season in Big Bear Lake.