A mountain biker descends a steep turn at Summit Bike Park in Big Bear, CA. Colorful wildflowers sit in the foreground.

Mountain Bike Haven

Posted: 09/27/23

Big Bear is Southern California's mountain biking mecca. The top tier Summit Bike Park has hosted national downhill events and the expansive cross country trail system is a gem for enduro and x-country riders.

In the Beginning

Big Bear Lake came to MTB prominence in the 80s and 90s, with Big Bear Mountain Resort’s Summit Bike Park serving as the place for pro and amateur riders alike – hosting some of the industry’s biggest events like the NORBA Nationals Series and MTB World Cup – while pushing the progression of the sport to new heights.

In the early 2000s, Big Bear Mountain Resort suspended all summer operations, including the Summit Bike Park. In 2004, it allowed MTB riders to access off-site trails.

All Is Not Lost

In 2014 Mammoth Resorts acquired Big Bear Mountain Resort and the Summit Bike Park was reopened to the delight of downhillers throughout the Southland. Since reopening, the Summit Bike Park has reclaimed its status as one of the sport’s leading destinations, featuring new trails, expanded terrain, and training areas for riders to hone their skills. Summit Bike Park also provides access to 60+ miles of cross-country trails, all part of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation’s Adopt-a-Trail program.

Not Just a Downhill Haven

With over 100 miles of cross-country trails weaving through National Forest, Big Bear has something for riders of all disciplines and abilities. All non-park trails are free to ride and offer a mix of options, from challenging technical terrain to more leisurely treks.

Building a Reputation

Over the years, Big Bear Lake has developed its prominence in the cycling industry by hosting such events as the AMGEN Tour of California and Tour de Big Bear. As it continues to build its mountain biking reputation, Summit Bike Park continues to host and grow events like the Summit Series. Community organizations also work hard to put on the annual Big Bear Gran Fondo & Grizzly 100/75 and numerous other cross-country and enduro events.

In Spring 2019, Big Bear Mountain Resort announced it would host the FOX US Open of Mountain Biking at Summit Bike Park, marking the first time in the event’s 16-year history to be held on the West Coast. In preparation for the event, Summit Bike Park built a new expert downhill trail - 10-PLY - that further cemented Big Bear’s status as the MTB mecca of Southern California.

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