Part of the San Bernardino National Forest, the Big Bear area has dozens of off-road trails. Some of them are well-maintained, while others can be rugged and challenging.
The high elevation of Big Bear makes for great summertime off-roading in Southern California, when other destinations are too hot. If you like ‘wheeling in the snow, there’s plenty of that in the winter. If you’re up for a long trail ride, you can even start your trip down in the desert and off-road all the way up to the top of the mountains.
DIRECTIONS TO BIG BEAR LAKE
Cars, Jeeps and trucks: Take Interstate 15 North to San Bernardino, to the 215 North, to Interstate 10 East, to the 30 Freeway North, to Hwy 330 East which will take you up into the mountains. Hwy 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy 18. Follow Hwy 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake. If you are going to the Serrano campground, go straight at the dam and follow the road along the lake until you arrive at the campground, 8-9 miles after crossing the dam. It is approximately a 3 1/2-hour drive from San Diego.
RVs and Trailers: Take Interstate 15 North to San Bernardino, to the 215 North, to Interstate 10 East, to Hwy 38 North in Redlands. Continue up Hwy 38 into and through Big Bear City and to the campground, motel or RV Park of your choice in Big Bear Lake.
Favorite Trails in Big Bear
The list below was taken from Dirtopia
- Big Pine Flat Trail – 3N16, this trail follows a winding route from Green Valley to Big Bear City
- Burns Canyon Trail – 3N03, From Yucca Valley to Big Bear City
- Burnt Flats Trail – 3N02
- Butler Peak Trail – 2N13C
- Cactus Flats – 3N03
- Clarks Grade – 1N54
- Coxey Truck Trail – 3N14
- Deep Creek – Near Dishpan Springs
- Delamar Mountain Road – 3N12
- Dishpan Springs Trail – 3N34, goes through Dishpan Springs from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear
- Gold Fever Trail – 2N09, Follow the historic route.
- Gold Mountain Trail – 3N69
- Green Valley – The starting point for several Big Bear trails.
- Jacoby Canyon – 3N61
- John Bull Trail – 3N10, the toughest trail in Holcomb Valley
- Heartbreak Ridge – 2N61YA, aka Pontiac Sluice
- Holcomb Creek Trail – 3N93, Travel up Holcomb Creek towards Holcomb Valley
- Holcomb Creek Road – 3N08
- Horsethief Flat Trail – 3N03A
- Knickerbocker – 2N08
- Lower Larga Trail – 2N06X, connects 3N16 to 3N93 (Holcomb Creek Trail) at mid point
- Pioneer Town Trail – 2N02
- Polique Canyon Road – 2N71
- Radford – 2N06
- Rattlesnake Canyon Trail – The second half of Burns Canyon
- Redonda Ridge Trail – 1W17
- Sand Canyon – 2N27
- Skyline Drive – 2N10
- Snow Slide Trail – 2N13
- Tip Top Mountain Trail – 2N90
- Van Dusen Road – 3N09
- White Mountain Trail – 3N17
- Wild Horse Trail – 2N93
Big Bear, CA