Some of the best mountain biking in the country is right here in Big Bear. Whether you're looking for a rigorous challenge or leisurely venture through the wilderness; there are dozens of Forest Service trails and paths that appreciate all skill levels. Here are a few to ponder.
Alpine Pedal Path
This 3-1/2 mile paved trail around Big Bear Lake is great for those looking to slowly bike along and take in the sights. The asphalt path is a bit weathered, but that just adds to its character. As you meander around the shoreline, there are some spectacular views of the lake. On a clear day you can see the evergreens and surrounding forest reflecting off the water. You'll also travel through the Serrano Campground, which is a great place to stop and have a picnic. (From Big Bear Frontier Hotels use HWY 38 to Stanfield Cutoff Rd. Parking is available at both ends of the path. If you park by the Discovery Center entrance, be sure to take note of when the gates close.)
Gray's Peak Trail
A total of six miles, up and down, this moderately steep trail leads you through the thicket and to a fantastic view point from Gray's Peak. Generally those with some biking experience will feel most comfortable on this path. The first half mile is the steepest, then after that, the incline is slow and steady. After you reach campsite number 1, the trail becomes more desolate, and the sounds and sights of nature truly unveil. Be advised that this is a popular trail for hikers too.
John Bull Trail
This 11 mile trail is one of the most challenging in all of Big Bear Lake. Only those with a wealth of experience should try to tackle this scenic route through the wilderness. At times the hills are intense and the obstacles bountiful. Also, three miles of this path allow 4x4 vehicles, so stay alert.
Bear Valley Bike Rentals
Don't have a bike? No problem. Bear Valley Bikes has just what you need to get out there and hit the trails. Since riders come in various sizes, the staff will help get you "fitted" for a bike that suits you best. (It's right down the road from Big Bear Frontier Hotels - head south on Big Bear Blvd.)