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The Best Biking Trails In Big Bear

Cycling is one of the best ways to experience Big Bear Valley. Whether you are an experienced mountain biker or looking for hybrid bikes for sale online for your first excursion, the San Bernardino National Forest and Big Bear Lake offer beautiful scenery and paths, trails and bike park courses suitable for riders of every skill level. Find out more about five of the best biking trails in Big Bear Valley, including several areas that allow electric bikes.

Alpine Pedal Path

Adjust to the elevation on a 2.5-mile greenway path skirting the north side of Big Bear Lake. Start out on the western side of North Shore Elementary. This route terminates before North Shore Drive intersects with North Shore Lane.

Big Bear Lake Loop

Set out on a 17-mile scenic loop around Big Bear Lake. This ride offers scenic views of the lake and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains. The North Shore has less traffic than the South Shore, and has an elevation gain of 500 feet. If you want to go on a longer ride, take Highway 18 over Big Bear Dam and continue on to Baldwin Lake. Ascending nine miles to Onyx Summit is another good way to increase the challenge on bikes for trails.

Hanna Flats Loop

The Hanna Flats Loop starts with a fire road climb and transitions into a hilly singletrack descent. Start by riding paved road 3N14, also known as Rim of the World Drive, until it turns into a fire road. Take the trailhead situated between campsites 49 and 51 and continue onto a succession of singletrack sections interspersed with fire roads. Finish with a descent down Grout Bay Trail or link up with the 2-mile Gray’s Peak trail for a great view.

Skyline Ridge Trail

The Skyline Ridge trail or 2N10 is a singletrack trail that runs through Snow Summit. As you ride, you can take in breathtaking views of Big Bear Lake to the north and San Gorgonio Mountain to the south. Start at the dirt end of Dogwood Drive and set off on a two mile climb followed by 10 miles of descending switchbacks. Skyline Ridge Trail terminates at Metcalf Creek. E-bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Summit Bike Park

During the summer and early fall, you might want to check out the lift-served Summit Bike Park at Big Bear Mountain Resort. This class 1 e-bike-friendly recreation area has trails and training features for cyclists of every skill level. Mountain and hybrid bike riders can have the most fun on the jumps, bumps, berms and rollers of the Turtle Trail, an intermediate, 2.5-mile trail in view of Big Bear Lake. More advanced trails such as the Miracle Mile and Party Wave are legendary among Southern California cyclists.

Big Bear Valley is home to many scenic bike trails, and several areas allow e-bikes. Remember that access to trails at higher elevations may be limited from October through May. From paved paths around the lake to steep mountain trails, you can ride your way in Big Bear.

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