Big Bear

Big Bear Lake covered in snow.
Big Bear Lake covered in snow.

Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino mountains of California about 90 miles east of Los Angeles in southern California.  The area is a full four season resort which offers great skiing in the winter.  Big Bear 4×4 trails offer a variety of opportunities from the daily driver to a purpose built 4×4. Hiking, biking, boating and camping are great activities in the spring, summer and fall.

Cleghorn located outside of Big Bear, CA
A Big Bear 4×4 trails, Cleghorn is located west of Big Bear, CA

Located at 7000 ft above sea level, Big Bear 4×4 trails offer a nice opportunity to get above the heat of the surrounding areas low land areas of the Los Angeles basin. Big Bear has a huge 4×4 following, and a wide variety of back roads, campsites and jeep trails offer something for everyone.

The John Bull Trail will test any 4×4 while Skyline drive offers scenic views for almost any vehicle in a lazy trail which climbs above and behind the Snow Summit Ski Resort.  Lake Arrowhead, Green Valley Lake and Holcomb Valley all offer scenic drives and a rich history.

Dishpan Springs, Big Bear, CA
Dishpan Springs, Big Bear, CA

Holcomb Valley is about five miles north of Big Bear Lake and the site of the most gold mined in Southern California.  Gold was discovered in the area by William F. Holcomb in 1860.  There are several mine sites, structures and various ruin that offer an opportunity to explore.

Due to recent fires in the area, Big Bear is undergoing a rejuvenation. Old growth forest were burnt, but new life is literally growing up from the ashes.  Although not beautiful in the traditional way, the burn can be a wonderful learning experience and opportunity to experience nature fighting back to recover from destruction.

Big Bear Trail Map

Big Bear Trails

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