Big Bear Lake is Southern California's mecca of cycling and mountain biking. With downhill trails and single-tracks ranging from easy to challenging, you're sure to find the perfect ride every time! Snow Summit Bike Park's chairlift takes you and your bike to the top of the mountain to access bike trails both on and off the property. If you don't have your own bike, pick up a rental at one of the local shops.

Mountain Biking

Summit Bike Park

In the 1990s, Big Bear was a mecca for downhill mountain biking and hosted national races including the NORBA National Championship Series. Big Bear’s downhill terrain has been ridden by professional riders and recreational weekend warriors alike.

Big Bear reestablished itself as a mountain bike venue with the start of Summit Bike Park in 2012. With a variety of set ups, banked turns, bridges, and new trails constantly in the works, there’s something for riders of all ability levels. Visit for Summit Bike Park info.

Man mountain biking in rough terrain through the woods in Big Bear Lake, California
Snow Summit Trail map featuring Big Bear Mountain bike trails
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Single-Track Riding

Big Bear sets itself apart with over 100 miles of cross-country, single-track, and Forest Service roads catering to riders of all skill levels. Ride them for fun or register for one of Big Bear's cross-country races like the Gran Fondo and Grizzly 100 hosted by Bear Valley Bikes.

Big Bear's more popular biking trail, Skyline Ridge (2N10), passes through Snow Summit and offers the most scenic views with San Gorgonio to the south and Big Bear Lake to the north. Other favorites like Grand View Loop and Plantation Trail are accessible from the Scenic Sky Chair. Study our Top Trails or pick up a map at our Big Bear Visitor Center and start planning your adventure!

Road Cycling

Big Bear road riding attracts cyclists from across Southern California with its rigorous climbs and altitude. Our town has hosted major cycling events like the 2010 and 2012 Amgen Tours of California and the annual Tour de Big Bear that attracts over a thousand cyclists each year. Big Bear numerous bike shops help keep riders ready from bike service and repairs to equipment sales.

Beginner Rides

Beginner riders will love the paved Alpine Pedal Path that runs from Stanfield Cutoff to the Observatory along the shoreline for 3 1/2 miles. It's a perfect route for a relaxing, lakeside cruise without the hassle of cars!

Two cyclists wave during their Tour de Big Bear bike ride in Big Bear Lake, CA
Man cycling on North Shore road near Big Bear Lake while high-altitude training

Intermediate/Advanced Routes

For intermediate cyclists, a ride around Big Bear Lake offers a 20+/- mile journey with epic scenery along the way. Riders should be extremely mindful of cars. Riders will take Hwy 38 on the North Shore and Hwy 18 on the South Shore from the Dam to Stanfield Cutoff.

At Stanfield Cutoff you can opt for an extra 20+/- mile trek around Baldwin Lake. This is a lengthy addition but doesn't add vertical climb. To add Baldwin Loop, continue from Stanfield Cutoff along the north or south side roadway until you reach Baldwin Lake Road from Hwy 18 (North Side) or Shay Road from Hwy 38 (South Side) which becomes Baldwin Lake Road. Please be aware that Hwy 18 and Hwy 38 swap sides at Greenway Dr, it's recommended to study a map before heading out. Riders looking for a real challenge will love (love/hate) adding the 9-mile climb to Onyx Summit - at 8,443 ft altitude - on Hwy 38.

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