A mountain biker in a bright red kit rides along a bike trail in Big Bear Lake, CA. The lush, green forest surrounds him.

Biking Trails For Beginners & Families

Posted: 04/20/23

1- Alpine Pedal Path

This paved path on the north side of the lake is the perfect route for kids and families out for a casual ride. Here you can acclimate to the elevation and adjust to your bike. The trail starts along Stanfield Cutoff and continues about 2.5 miles to the Big Bear Observatory.

2 - Bristlecone Trail

This trail starts from the Bristlecone Dr Forest Road to Pine Knot and Buttercup campgrounds. You'll see a couple of double-post entrances to the Bristlecone Trail. This loop offers easy dirt terrain with subtle hills, a great intro to trail riding! It's best to map this route out before you start riding.

3 - Towne Trail

For easiest access, start Towne Trail from the Snow Summit parking lot. This route is a little more hilly but has a flowing rhythm to it. Be cautious as many other riders and hikers use this trail.

4 - Snow Summit

Bikers looking to take their skills to the next level have two options: the Summit Bike Park and miles of National Forest trails.

Within park boundaries, Going Green caters to beginners. You'll need to take the chairlift to reach this trail. Cross Country trails are accessible from the top of the chairlift as well. Pirates and Skyline Trail are the easiest options down the mountain.

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Graduating to Intermediate Routes

Big Bear's trail network offers a vast range of routes so you'll never need to worry about finding the perfect step up.

For cross country riding, you can add on to the Bristlecone Trail by heading up Fern Trail (1E31) to the intersection of Skyline Trail (1E12) or Road (2N10) - this will be at the top of Clubview Dr. If you're heading to the top of Snow Summit, you can either follow 2N10 or Skyline Trail. Once at the top, you can ride back or continue on Skyline Trail to Grandview Point, then ride down Pine Knot (1E01). You'll finish at Aspen Glen Picnic Area.

In the Summit Bike Park, try your skills down Blue Steel and Turtle Trail.

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