48.8 miles
Distance
6,442 ft
Climb
-6,426 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This route can be ridden either direction. It can be started anyplace along the track, but is shown as a big loop going clockwise, starting and ending at the base of Big Bear ski resort where there is ample parking.
This route is generally an INTERMEDIATE ride, but it includes some very challenging dirt roads and trails. Sections of the SART are extremely sketchy with very serious and hazardous exposure. Caution and skill must be employed here. The section going up Clark's Grade is a category HC climb (if ridden up as described) and will seriously challenge any rider's endurance.
Recommend you ride with a group or at least a buddy and bring plenty of provisions and spares - especially lots of water. Don't forget your camera - there's some incredible views you'll want to preserve.
This is an ALL DAY RIDE. Start this route EARLY to give yourself time to get back to the start before the sun sets.
There are many other trails that can be accessed and explored along this route. Example: This route follows the fastest way back to the start (2N10) after summiting Clark's Grade; however, if a rider has time and inclination they could just as easily ride the Skyline Trail east instead of 2N10 and basically get to the same place.

Detailed Description
Big Bear Great Southern Loop is a 49 mile popular intermediate route located near Big Bear California. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 6,442 ft with a max elevation of 8,715 ft then descends -6,426 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Big Bear Great Southern Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    11 hr 5 min
  • Altitude min
    4,789 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,116 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,133 ft
  • Grade max
    -34.9%
  • Grade min
    34.7%
  • Distance climb
    22 miles
  • Distance down
    24 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Santa Ana River Trail (2E03) - South Fork to Middle Control Rd
May 28, 2024 @ 5:32am
May 28, 2024
A few downed trees, a couple minor rock slides. All bridges in good shape. Stetson creek easy to cross.
Sand Canyon Road (2N27)
May 18, 2024 @ 1:25pm
May 18, 2024
Gate at west end is closed to keep vehicles from using trail
Clark's Grade
May 18, 2024 @ 10:21am
May 18, 2024
Sign at the top is about to fall over - cracked at the bottom- recommend replacing
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