September 13, 2022 2 min read

Gravel Riding in Big Bear Lake California 

Ride Stats

41.01miles
3,840ft of climbing
GPS route: 
Gravel riding Big Bear Lake

 

 Ride Overview

Big Bear is Southern California's access to ski lifts in the winter and some non-snow related activities through the summer. It's more popular for the Snow Summit Bike Park, if you're looking to mix things up on your gravel bike there is a myriad of forestry roads around the lake connecting surrounding areas.

The route we rode was more of a tour around the lake with mainly moderate terrain. We started on "Skyline" which is 12 miles of some of the best single track Big Bear has to offer. From this trail system there is the opportunity to drop down to the valley below if long climbs are what you're seeking.

Crossing over to the north side of the lake there is a small town called Fawnskin. At the entrance point to the trail system there is a convenience store if you need to fill up water or grab some snacks. From that point we headed east towards the Holcomb Valley area which has some great sport and trad climbing. If you were to head east, there are trails that connect to lake Arrowhead and essentially the Wrightwood area as well.

Basically you're offered plenty of opportunity to Get Lost...

Big Bear gravel rides

 ALMSTHRE cycling bags

ALMSTHRE gravel cycling bags

gravel ride Big Bear

 Coffee in Big Bear 

Our top pick for coffee in Big Bear is CAFÉ CRÊPE with authentic French Crépes and delicious drinks. We would highly recommend making a stop if your in the area.

Food in Big Bear

Our top pick for dinner is a new addition to the restaurants available in Big Bear. Stella Luna had well prepared food that tasted great, was sourced locally, and with reasonable prices. 

 

 gravel riding Big Bear

 Big Bear gravel rides

 Big Bear gravel rides

Personally I believe there may be some untapped potential for some epic gravel rides. In the summer, as long as you are not up there during a holiday weekend, you'll be met with an affordable and more or less sleepy mountain kind of town. If nothing else if you find yourself in the area at least ride Skyline.

 

 

 

Rob wessels
Rob wessels



Also in Field Notes

New SRAM Axs Red
New SRAM Axs Red

May 15, 2024 2 min read

New SRAM Axs Red: Initial Review

Greetings from Cooper at Cadence Cyclery in Encinitas! Today, I'm thrilled to delve into the exciting features of the new SRAM Red AXS group set. Strap in, because this upgrade is packed with game-changing improvements.

The BWR Tripel Crown of Gravel
The BWR Tripel Crown of Gravel

May 08, 2024 2 min read

The BWR Tripel Crown of Gravel

With the conclusion of the San Diego BWR last weekend, that is officially a wrap on the 2024 Tripel Crown of Gravel. We are proud to be the official bag sponsor of the BWR for the third year in a row. This year we took our collaborative efforts to a new level by designing an entire collection of Signature BWR products.
BWR CALIFORNIA 2024
BWR CALIFORNIA 2024

April 29, 2024 1 min read

2024 Belgian Waffle Ride California 

As the dust settles from a beautiful day touring some of North County San Diego finest roads and gravel, hopefully all that's left are fond memories. In addition to the great weather there was also outstanding performance in both the Woman and Men's races with Sofia Gomez Villafañe and Matt Beers having domante rides.