25.0 miles
2,494 ft
-2,508 ft
1 mile
High Point

This loop (or lollipop) takes the rider on some of the popular truck trails found on the north side of Big Bear Lake. Starting at Van Dusen Canyon Road provides ample parking, but this route can be started at different places along the way for a shorter ride. Most of the ride is on the maintained dirt roads and less maintained truck trails. The final leg (when ridden clockwise) includes a short section of singletrack before rejoining Van Dusen Canyon Road. There are some excellent views of Big Bear Lake, Holcomb Valley and Fawnskin. This route will intersect parts of the interesting Gold Fever Trail and it crosses the Pacific Crest Trail a few times. Beyond that there are other spurs, trails, peaks and diversions to explore along the way. The John Bull Trail is to the north, the Hannah Flat Trail is to the west, the Butler and Gray's Peaks are to the southwest, the Cougar Crest Trail and Bertha Peak are to the south. Including one or more of these in a ride can turn this loop into an all-day XC epic ride. Alternatively, a couple forest roads (3N12 and 3N12C-2N09A) cross through the middle of the loop allowing a rider to shorten the overall route or "figure 8" it and change directions along the way. The choices and possibilities make this area fun and different every time it's ridden.

Detailed Description
Big Bear Northern Loop is a 25 mile popular intermediate route located near Big Bear California. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 2,494 ft with a max elevation of 7,744 ft then descends -2,508 ft.
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1 Review & Comments

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BenLow2019 (Oct 12, 2019 at 17:07)
3N08 didn't seem like a real off-road vehicle road at all. Encountered a few stock pickup trucks along the ride and nothing seemed too chewed up. There is one particular section at the western end that is steeper than the rest, but the majority of the route is very moderate and fun.


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More Stats for Big Bear Northern Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,525 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,842 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,827 ft
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  • Distance climb
    13 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Oct 30, 2019 @ 8:36am
Oct 30, 2019
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