Who has gone riding in Big Bear recently? I have been looking to setup a weekend up there maybe do a one nighter and hit some trails both days. I have been up there plenty but never with a bike. Suggestions?
1) Buy a Franco's Map. It's compact and is a pretty accurate topographic map. Bear Valley Bikes did carry the last time I was in the area. Also, if you enjoy beer, close by is Big Bear Mountain Brewing. Above average craft beers.
We were there less than 2 wks ago. Just an FYI that most of the BB trails are poorly marked, if at all, and many have multiple names. Not sure what kind of mtb'ing you're into, but as Intermediate XC'er my favorites are "Pirates" (aka "Speedos") and "Pine Knot" (aka "1E01") on the Snow Summit side. Be sure to take 1E01 ALL THE WAY DOWN at least once rather than turning prematurely back to Snow Summit on the Grandview Loop. 1E01 is great! Once in the Village, grab lunch and a beer b4 heading back to the cars via the signed "Bike Route" (quiet roads behind BB Blvd).
On the North Shore, "Grout Bay" (aka "Hanna Flat", "Area 51", "Fawnskin") is truly a blast-- a wonderful rollercoaster ST. Lots of ups & downs thru the forest; upper trailhead is at Hanna Flat campground appx above & behind campsite #49. Lower trailhead is at Grout Bay/Grey's Peak parking on 38 less than a mile west of Fawnskin. You can make a loop of it or go out 'n back. Along the way-- optional climb to Grey's Peak.
I was in a mixed group, m/f, of varying ages & abilities, and everyone loved these trails.
Snow Summit has NOT reopened it's former DH courses, but I saw riders
w/ definite DH bikes (including a couple in my party). The lift operator loaded them, no problem. Bring your xc bike also, in case they get strict again.
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