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...
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.
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.
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.
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