The beautiful and quiet lakefront village and fresh mountain air of Big Bear will do wonders for your peace of mind while enjoying a fun mountain biking vacation like no other. Whether you’re bringing your gear with you, or you’ll be securing your ride and other gear when you arrive, you’ll also want a plan of where you’ll go. There are many Big Bear mountain bike trails that get out into the mountain beauty that is Big Bear, and there’s a trail that’s right for every skill or ability level in your group. While they may not be hitting the trails with you, your furry friend doesn’t want to be left out of a Big Bear adventure! Ask about pet-friendly rentals so your best friend greets you when you return, just like at home!
Summit Bike Park
While there are over a dozen trails to choose from, the park is just one of the places where you can start your Big Bear mountain biking adventure. There’s a color-coded map available that notes trail difficulty, and whether a trail is for hikers only. In fact, there are so many trails to explore you could spend your entire trip just on Snow Summit!
Another beginner example of Big Bear mountain biking trails, Woodland Trail is just a 1.5-mile loop. The trail is a unique nature trail that not only takes you through some of Big Bear’s natural beauty, but also includes 16 numbered and posted points of interest. The trail itself is mostly flat with some brief ups and downs for a little variety. The numbered posts are part of a self-guided tour where you can learn about the botany, geology, and wildlife of the dry woodland area of Big Bear. It’s an easy and brief way to stretch your legs and get used to your bike and the area before hitting more difficult trails. An Adventure Pass is required to access the trail, and you’ll have to share the trail with hikers, runners, and maybe even their canine companions.
Making several other lists of top rides around Big Bear, the trail is one of the best single-track trails for beginners. The out-and-back trail is eight miles long and is a multi-use trail. That means you may run into horseback riders and hikers as well. Find the trail behind Snow Summit Resort at the meeting point of US Forest Service roads 2N06 and 2N10.
Pine Knot Trail
Once you’ve built your skills on the Skyline Trail, venture out and continue building your skills on more difficult Big Bear mountain biking trails. This trail is marked as an intermediate level single-track. The rocky, tree-lined, and over five-mile-long track is a bit tricky with a small section for more advanced riders. Take fire road 2N08 and begin the four-mile climb up to Grandview Point before descending into the picnic area at Mill Creek Road.
Cougar Crest Trail
Considered one of the intermediate Big Bear mountain bike trails, the nearly three-mile single-track path is an out-and-back route or can be combined with a few gravel roads to create a loop. You’ll get awesome views of Big Bear Lake, the town, the ski resorts, and more along the rocky, technical path. Be prepared to share the trail with hikers. Please note mountain bikes are not allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail, which passes the top of the Cougar Crest Trail.
Bikes & Gear
Unless your bike, helmet, and accessories made your packing list, you’ll need to make sure you’re properly outfitted before hitting any of the trails. There are several companies in town that offer bike rentals, as well as all the safety gear and accessories you may need for your mountain biking adventure. Rentals always include helmets, and you can choose to add things like ruck sacks, water bottle cages and bottles, lights, and more. Outfit yourself with gloves, pads/guards, shoes, clothing, and other gear that will meet all your needs for a Big Bear mountain biking adventure.
Take the Trail to Mountain Biking Fun in Big Bear
You came to the area on a mountain biking adventure you hope to be full of fun and excitement. While you may sometimes carry a tent to pitch for the night, make a change in your nightly accommodations and enjoy the conveniences of home when you book a vacation rental with Big Bear Vacations. After your mountain bike adventure, warm up with a hot meal made in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Shed your gear for comfortable clothes and snuggle in for a favorite a movie or stretch out and warm up next to the fire. Choose a cozy one-bedroom cabin for a trip with just your favorite riding buddy, all the way up to a sprawling seven-bedroom home for an adventure with all your biking buddies. Book a premium unit and get upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs and more! For extra special gatherings of multiple families or a large group, ask about renting multiple cabins or homes near one another. You can combine cabins to create accommodations that include 19 bedrooms!
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