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6. Big Bear Lake, California

Photo: Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

Photo: Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

Visit here if you live in:

  • Los Angeles or Orange County, CA: 2hr
  • San Diego, CA: 2hr 45min
  • Las Vegas, NV: 3hr 30min
  • Phoenix, AZ: 5hr 30min

Big Bear Lake in Southern California is surrounded by singletrack, but you can still hit all the key trails in a long weekend of riding. To start, grab your DH rig and hit the all-new bike park at Snow Summit. Next, hit Cougar Crest and other nearby trails in an epic loop similar to the one I did back in 2012. And finally, be sure to check out the new IMBA-built Skyline Trail… and tell me how it is!

While Big Bear is still warm and dry compared to most of the nation, thanks to a 6,759-foot base elevation the area provides a cool respite from the hot summers of the Desert Southwest, and the mountains rising up from there are a gorgeous change from much of the rest of So Cal.

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  • Chris Daniels

    Clever topic! I like the criteria and a chance to hear about that niche of really great riding in the shadows of the big boys. I’ll add Hood River (Day 1: Surveyors Ridge, 2: The Whoopdee, 3: Post Canyon, Bonus ride: Syncline)

  • Fitch

    Thank you so much for showing some love to Kingdom Trails in VT! The New England mountain bike experience is very different than a lot of the country since our terrain doesn’t normally entail what you call “flow” as much as other locales, but KT is a haven to us all. And you’re dang right it’s a camping weekend!!!

  • John Fisch

    Price, Utah
    Home to the Luke’s Trail network, Driver Trails, Goodwater Rim — and not much else.
    2 hrs from Salt Lake City/2.5 from Ogden/6 from Denver.

    Vernal, Utah
    Perfect for a long weekend. Red Fleet, McCoy Flats and the Flume.
    3 Hrs from Salt Lake/2.5 from Provo/3.5 from Ogden, 6 from Denver
    Did this as a long weekend from Colorado Springs (7 hours)

    Pine Valley, CA
    Big Laguna Trail, Noble Canyon, Cayamaca State Park, Noble Canyon
    45 Min from San Diego, 2.5 Hrs from LA

    Idyllwild, CA
    The Idyllwild Park Trails will keep you entertained for a long weekend.
    2 hrs from LA/3 from San Diego

    Prescott Arizona (for after you’ve tapped out Sedona)
    3 or 4 great trail systems.
    1.5 hours from Phoenix, 2.5 from Tucson

    Los Alamos, NM (for after you’ve tapped out Santa Fe and Taos)
    1.5 hrs from Albuquerque

    Luray, VA
    Elizabeth Furnace, Kennedy Peak
    1.75 hrs from DC

  • RobertD

    North Georgia and Western North Carolina. Love those areas. Thanks for the report because some of those are doable. 🙂

  • Bubblehead10MM

    The road goes on forever and the party never ends. Back home there’s cuyuna, nice drive from fargo to green bay. And levis mound. Granted both could be considered destinations, but not when you set them next to ut or co destinations. I love potters pasture in Ne but there’s not much near by. I don’t think you drive from Denver for that.

  • Skoofer

    I took a nearly identical picture to the one you used for Oakridge when I was there…I knew it looked familiar!

  • Allgrainer

    Good to see my local trails mentioned Carvins Cove in Roanoke. However there are close to 50 miles of trails within the boundaries of the property not 30….Most are single track with some fire road. I ride them 2-3 times a week due tliving very close to them. Crews are currently building a new trai called Rock and Roll and so far its one of my favorites cant wait till its completed. There is a shape nearby that it top notch! Just the Right Gear.

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