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Big Bear Lake | California

Mountain Biking in Big Bear Lake

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Season

April through October

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Nearest city

Los Angeles is just under 3 hours away

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Duration

1 day

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Mountain biking at its finest — with lift access!

Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Lake has become a coveted destination for mountain bikers in the LA area looking for an adrenaline-fueled weekend getaway — and the MTB community has taken note. Both the northern and southern sides of the lake are home to stunning singletrack with alpine and forest-covered riding. Ride southern California classics like the South Shore to Santa Ana Loop, the Santa Ana River Trail, the Skyline Loop and Hanna Flats (you can always link to Gray’s Peak for a stunning climb too) — all of which offer plenty of terrain options for any level of rider: berms, singletrack, rock gardens, alpine and trees. Between the legendary downhill bike park at Snow Summit and the generosity of the San Bernardino National Forest Office, it’s easy to enjoy a long weekend exploring the area’s wealth of trails. Discover why more and more riders are making Big Bear Lake an MTB destination!

Most Popular Itineraries

Fawnskin to Hanna Flats and Gray's Peak Mountain Biking Tour

From $300 · Half-day

A north side of the lake classic, this eight-mile loop on singletrack and fire roads is a local favorite – especially when adding Gray’s Peak at the end for a 2.2 up-and-back. This ride is perfect for intermediate bikers and once you make it past the first descent, you’ll be rewarded with singletrack all the way down!

Skyline to Pine Knot Mountain Biking Tour

From $300 · Half-day

This ride takes you above and beyond the mountains behind Snow Summit and Big Bear Lake, with elevation ultimately topping out at 8,000’. Don’t let the elevation intimidate you! Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the whole region and pretty great singletrack too. While not too technical, this one’s perfect for intermediate riders!

Santa Ana River Trail Mountain Biking Tour

From $300 · Half-day

This is a perfect point-to-point trail with decent elevation gain at the end. You’ll be rewarded with river views and flowy singletrack as you make your way through the San Bernardino Forest. It’s another great ride for intermediate riders, but, really, it can be enjoyed by anyone in good fitness!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Big Bear Lake

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Big Bear Lake, CA, please refer to the Government of California website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

This is what you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Meals and snacks
  • Mountain bikes
  • Helmet and hydration pack

Mountain bike and helmet rentals are available for an added fee from your guide.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be able to bike between two and six hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities. Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.

What if I’ve never mountain biked before?

As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book this adventure. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trial. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!

What do I need to bring?

  • Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
  • Sneakers or sport shoes
  • Breathable outside layer or jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Daypack with snacks
  • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

What can I expect from mountain biking with a guide?

One of the reasons why mountain biking is so popular is the rush of adrenaline it sends through your veins. Sure, danger is part of the appeal, but you’ll want to avoid any unnecessary risks by hiring a guide. They’ll make sure you enjoy the ride and feel safe while doing it. There is no road map or GPS technology out there that’s as good as having an experienced local guide to lead the way while mastering unfamiliar trails. There’s always more to see, and your guides know just where to go to find it!

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1.

The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go mountain biking with friends and family.

Mountain biking in Big Bear Lake can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to book this course.
  • Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
  • If your party has minors younger than 18 years old, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal cycling conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the non-refundable fees. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Big Bear Lake, CA, most people fly into Los Angeles. There are several airport options to consider, but the closest is San Bernardino International Airport (SBD), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. LA is just under three hours away from Big Bear Lake.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you will head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and ability of the group.

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