Big Bear Lake trails are known for their breathtaking views and pristine natural environment, but they don't only cater to hikers and bikers. Big Bear boasts some world renown 4X4 trails for exciting off-roading. Whether you're a beginner driver or seasoned hobbyist, off roading in Big Bear is a must in the summer months.

Tip: Take it slow and be courteous. Hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists and animals also use these 4X4 trails.

It is recommended to use a 4X4 vehicle suited for rough and rocky roads when exploring these trails. Low sitting, 2-wheel drive vehicles may become stuck or damaged.

Trails for the Casual Off-Roader

For our easy going drivers, Gold Fever Trail is a perfect starting point. Head up Polique Canyon Rd for a 3-hour self-guided tour of historic Holcomb Valley. Learn about Big Bear's gold mining history and see amazing views of Big Bear's back country. On the South Shore, Fireroad 2N10 from Mill Creek Rd is an easy drive through the forest. This is a seasonal road open from spring through fall. A high clearance vehicle is required and you'll need to check road conditions with the Ranger Station. From 2N10, you can access Bluff Lake Reserve and the famed Champion Lodgepole Trail. Get more info on these trails at the Visitor Center.

Advanced Trails

Big Bear boasts five black diamond trails and one double black diamond. These are not for the casual off-roader! On the North Shore, head to John Bull Trail for a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, boulder crawling adventure. Make sure you have all of the equipment you need for any kind of failure, be it human or vehicle related. This trail is no joke! For a guided experience along this trail, book a tour with Big Bear Off-Road Experience. If you run into a problem and need help, call Big Bear Off-Road Recovery and Towing.

Beginner to Intermediate Trails

The most popular 4x4 trail in Big Bear is the road to Butler Peak Fire Lookout. It’s an easy drive, but only 4WD vehicles are recommended! The end of the trail is highlighted with sweeping views of Southern California. On the South Shore, the 2N10 forest road from Mill Creek Rd winds around the mountain and brings you across Skyline Ridge. You'll see boulder outcroppings, beautiful forested areas and spectacular views of San Gorgonio! Along this ridgeline, you will pass the back of Snow Summit Ski Resort and come out near Bear Mountain Ski Resort.