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At an altitude of 7,000 feet, Big Bear’s 300+ days of sunshine each year guarantee no “June Gloom” – you’re sure to experience plenty of “bluebird” days here. Summer temperatures average 77 degrees during the day and 45 degrees at night. Winter brings about 120 inches of annual snowfall with temps in the mid-40s during the day and mid-20s at night.
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When in Town – Go Mobile – Once you get to Big Bear be sure to visit Bigbear.com
on your mobile device. It’s a handy tool that you’ll want to keep by your side to find local businesses and get special deals and coupons in Big Bear. Book your overnight stay on your mobile device.
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Big Bear Overview Map
Big Bear Street Index
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Hiking & Biking Map (with Trail Listings)
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How to Get Here FROM LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTIES VIA HWY. 330 / HWY. 18: From I-10 East to the I-210 West merger in Redlands, or from I-210 East, exit Hwy. 330 in Highland. Merge onto Hwy. 18 in Running Springs and follow to Big Bear Lake. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM I-10 TO HWY. 38: I-10 East to Orange St. exit in Redlands. Continue straight for one block to the second stop light at Orange St. Turn left. After one mile turn right on Lugonia Ave. (this is Hwy. 38). Follow Hwy. 38 to the mountains. ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM I-210 TO HWY. 18: I-210 East to Waterman Ave. North exit in San Bernardino. Turn left at Waterman Ave. North (this is Hwy. 18). Take Hwy. 18 through mountain communities to Big Bear Lake. FROM SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO HWY. 330 OR HWY. 38: I-15 North to I-215 North, stay on I-215 North throughout the 60 West/215 North merger, to I-10 East. Follow above directions for either Hwy. 330 or Hwy. 38. FROM THE HIGH DESERT TO HWY. 18 (EAST ENTRANCE): I-15 to Victorville. Exit at Bear Valley Rd. East to Lucerne Valley. Hwy. 18 bears right (south) in Lucerne Valley. Take Hwy. 18 to Big Bear. FROM LAS VEGAS TO HWY. 18 (EAST ENTRANCE): I-15 South to Hwy. 247 South (through Barstow). Take Hwy. 247 to Lucerne Valley. After two stop signs turn left onto Hwy. 18 toward Big Bear. 2014 OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE
4 SEASONS. 4 YOU. Big Bear’s ever-changing environment flows with nature and delivers four distinct seasons not seen anywhere else in Southern California. Visit our mountain resort any time of year to admire captivating scenic wonders that broaden eyes and stretch smiles!
Winter – Mother Nature blankets the mountaintops with white splendor.
Spring – Brilliant wildflowers bloom in lush meadows.
Summer – A deep blue alpine lake and beautiful green forests come to life.
Fall – Brings a colorful blend of autumn hues, from golden oaks to quaking yellow aspens.
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— and it’s close at heart. Take a little break to recharge at Southern California’s favorite mountain resort, high above it all.
ESCAPE. CLOSE TO HOME.
It’s a place where you can LIVE IT. UP. any way you choose. Get away with your family, friends or sweetheart to a place that takes you far away from the daily grind. All it takes is one or two days amongst the pine-scented forest and fresh alpine air to regain balance in your life. Big Bear is your mountain lake escape. This visitors guide will help you find ways to LIVE IT. UP.
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Big Bear Visitor Center Make your next trip to Big Bear a breeze by visiting the Big Bear Visitor Center, located in the heart of the Village. This one-stop information center is your answer for where to eat, shop and play and has up-to-date info about what’s happening in town. Pick up maps, guidebooks and other useful literature. Best of all – a friendly, knowledgeable Big Bear local is there to assist you. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, the Visitor Center parking area offers free Wi-Fi 24 hours a day, where you can log onto BigBear.com for more insight.
VACATION ITINERARIES Spring, Summer & Fall Itineraries FAMILY FUN:
ŗ Catch a fish! Help your kids tie the
ŗ A hike together in the forest is always
line and put on bait. Then cast away and watch your child reel in a bluegill, catfish or rainbow trout
special. See beautiful wildflowers blooming along the trails in spring and summer. In autumn, you’ll find bliss while surrounded by fluttering golden leaves.
ŗ Ride a bike or walk the Alpine Pedal Path along the lake. Across the way is the Woodland Interpretive Trail that provides an easy nature hike.
ŗ For a unique vantage point of the lake,
ŗ Head into the woods for a romantic
picnic under the forest canopy.
ŗ Ahoy matey! Aboard the Big Bear
ŗ Take a narrated tour aboard Miss
Pirate Ship an’ set sail with ye Cap’n an’ his motley pirates! Arrrr!
ADVENTURE WITH FRIENDS:
ŗ Enjoy a pony ride or the petting zoo at Baldwin Lake Stables.
ŗ Take a canoe tour with a Discovery
ŗ For high-flying action on the lake try
wakeboarding, jet skiing or flyboarding.
ŗ Fire up the grill on the cabin’s deck for a family BBQ, or head into town to fill those growling tummies at a deli or family restaurant.
ŗ Afterwards break out a board game, or if you’re near the Village go to the Funplex or Bowling Barn.
ŗ Ride your mountain bikes or rent from a bike shop. Snow Summit Adventure Park offers chairlift access to a network of trails that includes the epic Skyline Trail and some exciting downhill rides.
ŗ Big Bear’s unique New Zealand-style Jet Boat rivals any theme park’s rollercoaster.
ŗ Bring your rod, reel and tackle box. Then challenge your friends to see who can reel in the most fish.
ŗ Take an off-road adventure tour in a Pinzgauer all-terrain vehicle.
ŗ Try a round of golf at Bear Mountain Golf Course, where balls fly higher and farther.
ŗ Weekly entertainment choices include concerts, festivals and sporting competitions. In fall, Oktoberfest kicks up a festive mood with brews, brats, contests and a lively dance floor.
ŗ Stop by a pub in the Village for a game of pool, karaoke or watch a live band.
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Liberty Paddlewheel Boat to learn about Big Bear’s intriguing history.
ŗ Sunsets in Big Bear are always best when shared with a loved one. Stroll along the Stanfield Marsh boardwalk or take a sunset horseback ride.
ŗ The night sky fills up with thousands of stars unspoiled by city lights. Watch shooting stars from your deck and make a wish!
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ŗ Splash around at Meadow Park’s
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Chair from the forest floor to the top of Snow Summit to treat your eyes to spectacular panoramic views.
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ŗ Catch a slow ride on the Scenic Sky
Magic Mountain with water slides, an alpine slide bobsled track, go-karts and more.
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paddle hidden coves on a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
ŗ Enjoy hours of fun at Alpine Slide at
Winter Itineraries FAMILY FUN:
ŗ Kids love being the first for just about
ŗ Big Bear has two premier ski resorts
anything. Let your kids be the first to make prints in freshly fallen snow.
ideal for couples that appreciate downhill fun together! ŗ Time stands still from your first step onto the chairlift to your last turns of the day. ŗ Browse quaint boutiques and oneof-a-kind shops in the Village. ŗ Go wine tasting at The Wine Room. ŗ Enjoy the comforts of a full-service day spa or have a mobile massage service come directly to your lodge. Get a massage crafted just for couples. Go on — spoil yourselves!
ŗ Make a snowman in front of your cabin — fun for little hands and big hands alike.
ŗ It’s tube time! Big Bear has two designated snow play areas, where you and your kids will fill the air with laughter!
ŗ Snowshoe the backcountry and discover more than your own snowshoe prints. Find animal tracks such as deer, squirrels, foxes and raccoons!
ADVENTURE WITH FRIENDS: ŗ Conquer the slopes! Whether it’s your first run of the day or 20th, you’re bound for a dose of adrenaline!
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ŗ Skiers and snowboarders can catch big air at Bear Mountain or carve a network of groomed powder trails at Snow Summit.
ŗ If it’s your first time trying a winter sport, no problem! Learn with your friends or take a lesson with a qualified pro. Plus rental shops outfit everyone for a good time on the slopes.
ŗ For over-the-top outdoor fun take a flight on a zipline above the snowcovered forest floor.
ŗ Take a horseback ride in the snow, a fun outing for the entire group.
ŗ Gather around at a mountain lodge or restaurant to sip a brew and laugh at all the funny things that happened on the mountain.
ŗ Sit in a steamy outdoor hot tub and watch the while fluffy snowflakes fall all around you.
ŗ Treat yourselves to a candlelight dinner at a fine dining restaurant or choose takeout for two.
ŗ Settle in for a nightcap with sparkling wine. Wrap yourselves up in a warm blanket and enjoy the sounds of the crackling fire as you savor the memorable day you just spent together.
ŗ Build a snow fortress; then start a playful snowball fight and bomb each other with a zillion snowballs.
ŗ Free your inner child and make a snow angel with the little ones.
ŗ Learn to ski or ride. Take a lesson at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. Instructors make learning fun for ages 4 and older.
ŗ If your kids already ski or ride, play “Follow the Leader” down the slopes.
ŗ Back in your cabin gather around the fireplace and savor hot chocolate and popcorn. Then play a game of charades or tell ghost stories.
ŗ Explore the magical winter forest with a Big Bear Discovery Center naturalist to learn fascinating forest facts.
ŗ Time to dig in the snow! Hand your kids buckets and shovels and let them build whatever their imaginations desire. 2014 OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE
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Warming hearts with snow — Each winter, Big Bear
gets a blanket of white snow that naturally has a bit of a nip to it. Let it be known however, Big Bear’s winter snow has a special knack to warm hearts. Snow-covered mountains bring more than beautiful scenery to the table; it brings a sense of enchantment that touches the human soul, bonds families together, sets up unforgettable photo ops, and creates the perfect setting for romance. Keep an eye on weather forecasts, and get ready to experience a magical winter that’s guaranteed to warm your heart.
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The slopes are calling your name!
Big Bear Mountain Resortsâ€™ Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer two distinct
mountains to suit your style of downhill
recreation, so itâ€™s easy to see why we are Southern Californiaâ€™s favorite winter resort. Together, the two resorts deliver more than 435 developed acres, 26 lifts, four high-speed quads, 1,665 vertical feet, and more than 200 park features packed with thrilling jumps, rails and funboxes. So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and head up to enjoy real snow, real close to home.
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Real Snow. Real Close. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit provide the most dependable snow conditions in Southern California, with years and years of snowmaking expertise! Big Bear Lake provides a virtually unlimited supply of water to make snow. Both resorts consistently raise the bar for quality snowmaking with investments in equipment that deliver reliable and quality snow conditions every day of the ski and snowboarding season.
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To maximize your day at Snow Summit, take Chair 1 to the top, then head east on the connector trail toward Chairs 7 and 10. Youâ€™ll find a grip of quality blue runs on this side of the mountain that give you more open space to carve â€” with little or no lift lines!
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Kids ski or ride for FREE on weekdays, including spring break! Just stay overnight Sunday through Thursday and receive a FREE midweek kids’ lift ticket with each paying adult. Valid for kids 12 years and under. Packages are good for lodging arrivals Sunday through Thursday and skiing or snowboarding Monday through Friday. Lift ticket vouchers are not valid on weekends and during holiday periods December 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014; January 18-20, 2014; and February 15-21, 2014. Other restrictions apply. For full details visit BigBear.com
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Big Bear is home to Southern California’s two premier ski resorts, but skiers and snowboarders are not the only ones taking advantage of the snow. Many choose Big Bear for its array of winter activities that appeal to all ages, such as snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, downhill inner tubing, sledding,
Bear Valley Ski & Board 41869 Big Bear Blvd. 909-878-3268 Offering professional and friendly service for over 28 years. Ski and snowboard sales and rentals. Full line of winter clothing and accessories. Top name brands at competitive pricing. Closest shop to Snow Summit.
Blauer Ski & Board Shop 41177 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-5689 Big Bear’s largest ski & board shop. Huge rental selection with top name demos. Complete line of accessories, winter and summer clothing, boards, boots, and bindings. Everything for a day on the slopes or lake.
Snow Summit Mountain Resort 880 Summit Blvd. 909-866-5766 Southern California’s premier winter resort and your “learn to ski and ride” headquarters. We offer traditional family fun, night skiing and interconnecting runs so you never have to return to the base area. (see ad page 58)
Snowshoe Rentals & Tours Bear Valley Bikes 40298 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-8000 During the winter we continue to play on the trails, but with snowshoes instead of bikes. Stop by Bear Valley Bikes for a full line of snowshoe rentals and sales, trail maps and guided tours.
Big Bear Discovery Center 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38), Fawnskin 909-866-3437 Come snowshoe with the Discovery Center and experience the quiet serenity of Big Bear’s winter forest. A naturalist led tour teaches winter ecology and the natural history of Big Bear Valley. Suitable for beginners and experienced snowshoers.
Blauer Ski & Board Shop 41177 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-5689 Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to enjoy Big Bear’s snow-covered forest. For snowshoe rentals or retail sales go to Blauer Ski & Board Shop.
Goldsmith’s Boardhouse & Ski Rental 42071 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-2728 Snowshoes and cross country skis are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors for peace and quiet. We rent and sell Atlas snowshoes. Rentals come with complimentary ski poles. We provide trail maps and advice. If you can walk you can snowshoe! (see ad page 15)
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43101 Goldmine Dr. 909-584-0201 The people’s park is a 200 acre winter playground with world class terrain parks and the highest lift-served peak in Southern California. We have something for everyone, from skill builder features to the streetstyle Red Bull Plaza. (see ad page 58)
42071 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-2728 Snow sport specialists. Gear testers for SKI Magazine. Master boot fitters and a member of America’s Best Boot Fitters. We have Wintersteiger technology and master training in tuning for your equipment. Walk to Snow Summit. (see ad page 15)
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Snow Play â€” Tubing Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain 800 Wildrose Ln. 909-866-4626 Year-round family fun, located Âź mile west of the Village. Our recreation area features the Alpine Slide, snow play, go-karts and miniature golf. Parents pay only if you play! (see ad page 23)
Big Bear Snow Play 42825 Big Bear Blvd. 909-585-0075 Largest tubing hill in the San Bernardino Mountains with two Magic Carpet lifts that take you back to the top! Nightly snowmaking and grooming. Located 1 Â˝ miles east of the supermarkets. (see ad page 59)
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Ziplining Tours Action Zipline Tours 41647 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-0390 Year-round great fun and adrenaline-rush adventure for entire family! Our three-hour tour includes an off-road safari Jeep ride, nine zipline runs through the treetops, and a suspension bridge! (see ad pages 40-41)
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40754 Village Dr. 909-366-0890 Our exciting year-round Segway two-hour guided tour is an environmentally friendly, adventurous way to approach and explore Big Bearâ€™s rich history and the surrounding flora and fauna! (see ad pages 40-41)
Helicopter Tours Helicopter Big Bear 501 Valley Blvd. 909-585-1200 Take a ride on the wild side! Helicopter tours are an exciting and relaxing way to experience the Big Bear area. Lakes, canyons, peaks and much more. Open all year. Your aerial scenic adventure awaits! (see ad page 25)
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Hike – Whether it’s a mild hike on the Woodland Trail or a trek on the Cougar Crest Trail, you’ll find your stride in Big Bear. (See map on pages 34-35)
Bike – There are miles upon miles of cross-country trails to explore or try the downhill terrain at Snow Summit Adventure Park or ride around the lake on a road bike.
Paddle – Kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddleboards give you a different perspective of the lake. It’s great exercise too!
Fish – The fish are biting! Rent a boat from one of Big Bear’s marinas or fish from shore near Windy Point. The catch is on!
Zip – Fly through the treetops on a zipline and feel the adrenaline rush.
Wake – Get on the lake to ride the wake! There is wakeboarding, cable wake parks, water skiing and tubing.
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Continue to thumb through
Big Bear’s Visitor Guide and you’ll notice an abundance of recreation choices
in spring, summer and fall that
practically seem boundless.
Big Bear’s motto LIVE IT. UP. sums it up well — considering Big Bear is one large playground suited for all ages and all skill levels that allows you to LIVE IT. UP. any way you choose!
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Huggable Trees The trees in Big Bear are downright huggable! Some notable trees worth taking a hike to include the Champion Lodge Pole (known as the largest lodge pole pine in the world) and the Aspen Grove, which shows off its brilliant display of golden leaves in autumn. To learn about these and other great hikes, go to page 35.
Get outdoors and leave everything else behind! Spend a day on a boat, or in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. If fishing is your thing, Big Bear Lake is your spot! Explore miles upon miles of forest trails via hiking, mountain biking
Spring, Summer, Fall Activities Big Bear Discovery Center 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38), Fawnskin 909-866-3437 Our local mountains offer hundreds of miles of some of the most beautiful and serene hiking trails in all of Southern California. Trails range from easy day hikes to extended, more challenging backpacking expeditions.
Snow Summit Adventure Park 880 Summit Blvd. 909-866-5766 Southern California’s favorite winter resort transforms into a lush hiking area during the summer months. The Scenic Sky Chair makes it convenient to get to the top to enjoy panoramic views and easy to moderate hikes. (see ad page 58)
Bike Rentals Bear Valley Bikes 40298 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-8000 We are Big Bear’s only full service, yearround bike shop. Offering sales, service, repairs, guided tours, trail maps and much more.Located west of the Village, at the top of Red Ant Hill.
Chains Required Bike Shop 41869 Big Bear Blvd. 909-878-3268 The Valley’s largest bike shop, offering sales, rentals, repairs, parts, accessories and clothing. We carry a full line of mountain, downhill, road and kids bikes, all available for rent or purchase.
Paddles and Pedals 40545 North Shore Ln., Fawnskin 909-936-2907 On the beautiful north shore of Big Bear Lake. Bike rentals of all sizes. Direct access to the Alpine Pedal Path. Also kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pedal boat rentals. Located on the lake, no need to transport equipment. 880 Summit Blvd. 909-866-5766 Southern California’s favorite winter resort transforms into a lush hiking area during the summer months. The Scenic Sky Chair makes it convenient to get to the top to enjoy panoramic views and easy to moderate hikes. (see ad page 58)
BigBearCycling@gmail.com Ride with us! Community bike rides.
Gateway to Adventure & Discovery Your gateway to the great outdoors is at The Big Bear Discovery Center, an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest! Services include Adventure Passes; maps for hiking and biking and off-roading; camping info; and Forest Service permits. The Center offers naturalist-led interpretive tours such as snowshoe tours in the winter, and nature hikes and canoe tours in the summer.
KAYAKER © GREG ZOOK PHOTOGRAPHY
Blauer Ski & Board Shop 41177 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-5689 Big Bear’s largest ski & board shop transforms into a bike rental shop during spring, summer and fall with a full line of Cannondale mountain bikes.
SEE HIKING & BIKING MAP ON PAGE 35 2014 OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE
try flyboarding, parasailing
Snow Summit Adventure Park
Big Bear Cycling
If it’s adventure you seek,
MOUNTAIN BIKERS © GREG ZOOK PHOTOGRAPHY
or horseback riding.
Spring, Summer, Fall Activities Camping
Scenic Sky Chair
Big Bear Discovery Center
Bear Mountain Golf
40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38), Fawnskin 909-866-3437 There are many wonderful campgrounds in the forest. Most offer seasonal use. A few offer year-around camping. Some campgrounds require reservations. Most campgrounds accommodate both tents and RVâ€™s. There are also many opportunities for undeveloped camping.
43102 Goldmine Dr. 909-585-8002 Golf balls fly farther at 7,000 feet at the 9hole mountain-style golf course and driving range. Take lessons with a pro and visit our pro shop. Dine at the Club House Grill overlooking the 9th hole. (see ad page 58)
Snow Summit Adventure Park â€“ Scenic Sky Chair 880 Summit Blvd. 909-866-5766 Take a relaxing ride to the top of Snow Summit to enjoy breathtaking views, and dine at Big Bearâ€™s most scenic eatery. You have the option to ride the chair, hike, or mountain bike back to the base. (see ad page 58)
Hollowayâ€™s Marina & RV Park 398 Edgemoor Rd. 909-866-5706 Full service marina with adjoining RV Park. Pontoon, fishing boat and WaveRunner rentals. Slips and moorings, fuel dock, tackle and snack store available. Waterskiing and wakeboarding services. Home of the Pirate Ship Lake Tours. (see ad page 31)
National Recreation Reservation System
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SCENIC SKY CHAIR ÂŠ LEE STOCKWELL / BBMR
877-444-6777 www.recreation.gov Campgrounds available by reservation: Barton Flats, Hanna Flats, Heart Bar, Holcomb, Pine Knot, San Gorgonio, Serrano, South Fork.
Horseback Riding Baldwin Lake Stables & Petting Zoo 46475 Pioneertown Rd. 909-585-6482 Discover the peaceful countryside of Big Bear on horseback. Saddle up year-round for hourly, half-day, sunset rides and tours through National Forest areas. Kids will love the petting zoo and pony rides.
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