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Big Bear Road Biking and Mountain Biking

Take mountain biking to a whole new level.

A lot of professional mountain bikers make Big Bear their home, because they know we're famous for having some of the world's best mountain biking trails - ranging in difficulty from easy cruising to challenging. Ride Snow Summit's breathtaking Sky Chair to the top of Big Bear to reach scenic bike trails that pack an adrenalin rush. Or cruise the gentle North Shore Bike path. Big Bear Valley also offers some of the most beautiful and serene hiking and biking trails in Southern California. Our bike rental shops are equipped to handle all skill levels. More...

Goldsmiths Sports

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Snow Summit

Whether it's wide open runs or fun terrain features, Snow Summit has it all. Ideal for everyday skiers and riders in search of a friendly, laid back winter playground.

Bear Valley Bikes

Bear Valley Bikes is a full service bike shop, which means you can rent from us, or we can fix your bike, find the part you're looking for, or just pick up some last-minute gear or trail maps.

Paddles and Pedals

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Mountain Biking

One of the most recognized ways to get a real feel for how Big Bear represents the great outdoors is to test out the trails on a mountain bike or ride the stunning mountain roads. Of course, Big Bear was put on the map in the 1990s as the ultimate mountain biking mecca when it hosted national mountain bike races including National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) National Championship Series. Big Bear’s terrain has been ridden by both professional riders and recreational weekend warriors who both agree Big Bear’s top-quality terrain equals or beats the best of the best in the world! What sets Big Bear apart from other areas in Southern California is its superb selection of single track trails. Big Bear has grown quite a reputation as a leader in mountain biking because of its network of more than 100 miles of trails and Forest Service roads to satisfy riders of all ages and skill levels.

Big Bear is known for its versatile cross country riding. Some of the best cross country trails can be accessed by taking Snow Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair. One of the more popular trails is Skyline Ridge (2N10), which passes through Snow Summit Ski Resort. This offers the most scenic views in the valley with San Gorgonio Mountain to the south and Big Bear Lake to the north. Two other trails that have bikers coming back for more include the Pine Knot trail (1E01) and the newly built Skyline Trail. Both of these single track trails offer thrilling twists and turns with some challenging uphill, and lots of fun downhill riding.

Speaking of downhill, Snow Summit has firmly reestablished itself as one of the most iconic venues in MTB since reinstating the Snow Summit Bike Park in 2012 after a 7-year hiatus. Accessible from the Scenic Sky Chair, Snow Summit is the only lift-served, gravity fed park in Southern California, featuring some of the most exciting, and challenging, runs in the country. With a variety of set ups, banked turns, and bridges, as well as two new trails for beginner/intermediate riders coming this summer, there’s something for riders of all ability levels.

Road Cycling

When it comes to cycling it’s only natural to think of Big Bear as a mountain biking destination. However, Big Bear is well known within the circuit of cyclists as a mecca for road cycling because of its diverse climbs and peak to peak rides. One of the key attractions for serious riders is the ascension up to Onyx Summit, which tops off at 8,443 feet. For those who love the mountains, but not into big mountain climbs will enjoy a casual 40-mile loop that gently rolls around Big Bear and Baldwin lakes providing spectacular views of dense forests and surrounding peaks. Big Bear Lake is a must for avid to casual cyclists to add as a must visit road cycling destination.

In the past 10 years the biking scene in Big Bear has evolved and stretched to new horizons. In 2010 and 2012 Big Bear was a stage finish host city for the internationally acclaimed Amgen Tour of California. This event alone has set new heights for cyclists from around the world to visit Big Bear and ride the same routes as the professional riders in the Amgen Tour of California did. In the past three years a new cycling group called Big Bear Cycling has been formed with its tagline “Come Ride With Us” which has helped attract thousands of riders to ride the gorgeous mountain roads in Big Bear including the annual Tour de Big Bear in August which brings in over one thousand cyclists to ride various level rides from beginner to advanced.

Naturally, one of the top choices for cycling in Big Bear Lake is a ride around the lake. The 15 mile journey around the blue jewel is approximately an hour at a casual pace. However, many riders occasionally stop to snap a few photos of the beautiful alpine setting, which tends to lengthen the time of the round trip loop.

A great way to extend a ride around Big Bear Lake is to add Baldwin Lake to the mix. This is ideal for cyclists who like distance rides without vertical mountain climbs. The 40-mile loop gently rolls along both lakes with spectacular views of lush forests and mountain vistas. It’s best to start this duo-lake ride on the south shore, and head west toward Big Bear Dam on Hwy.18. Cross the dam, and continue to ride in a clockwise direction east to Hwy. 38 on the north shore. Here cyclists will enjoy a scenic seven mile pedal along the lake’s edge. Across the lake are views of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts. Peaking above the ski resorts in a distance is the grand facade of Mt. San Gorgornio. Continue on Hwy. 38 and take it to Baldwin Lake, make the right turn at Baldwin Lake road, in four miles the name of the road changes names to Shay Road and leads you back to Big Bear Blvd (Hwy. 18) for a spin through Big Bear City, and eventually back to Big Bear lake to complete the loop.

Big Bear Lake is 100 miles from California’s coast. Its picturesque mountain-top setting rivals well-known cycling mountain ranges throughout the world such as the French Alps, Italian Dolomites and Canadian Rockies. The San Bernardino Mountains offer several thigh-searing, lung-starving peaks cresting over 7,000'. A favorite ride by many cycling enthusiast is a scenic, 9-mile relentless ascent to Onyx Summit, which peaks at 8,443! The Onyx Summit point is the highest altitude roadway in Southern California. In fact, two of the most difficult rides in the country feature Onyx Summit as the destination. The names of these rides are Breathless Agony and The Ride Around the Bear. The road biking scene continues to flourish in the Big Bear Valley including new "Share the Road" signage throughout the valley and bike-route maps making it more fun than ever for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Big bear has grown to become a safe haven for families and casual cruisers, too. In fact, a great place to take kids and beginner riders is a fresh, paved Alpine Pedal Path located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The Alpine Pedal path starts at the east end of the lake at Stanfield Cutoff, and rolls along the shoreline for about 3 1/2 miles passing Juniper Point and Meadows Edge park. From there the path snakes through the Serrano campground, and pops out on North Shore Lane near the Solar Observatory. This area is a perfect place for a relaxing, lakeside cruise with friends and family, without the hassle of cars!

Big Bear’s cycling-friendly mountain community has two full service bike shops that sell, rent and service bikes. The bike shop staff includes cyclists who provide valuable information and local knowledge of rides in and around Big Bear Lake. All levels of riders are encouraged to take time to experience Big Bear’s small town hospitality, superb mountain roads and stunning landscapes. Big Bear Lake should be added to any cyclist’s list of must visit cycling destinations.

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