5.6 miles
295 ft
-1,268 ft
2 miles
High Point

This is a beautiful uncrowded ride through the lovely forest with mountain and lake views with minimal climbing and long descents. You can reach the starting point multiple ways, but the easiest is to take the chairlift up, then start on Going Green and leave the park at the gate. From there ride over to Skyline Rd (2N10) after a very short distance you will see a sign off to your left that provides you an easy entrance to the Skyline Trail.
The Skyline trail is a nice a flowy single track with mountain views. It runs adjacent to Skyline Rd. so you will see a few cars. People travel in both directions on this trail. There are very short rocky sections most beginner mountain bikers can ride over or walk. There are also a few short climbs. Take Skyline to the second intersection where you will turn right and head out to Skyline Road. Turn right on Skyline Rd. and take it about 200 ft. to the trail. It is easy to miss as it is a single track. Finding the trail is half the fun.
Powerline (Poleline) trail is a singletrack that winds it way through the forest. I have yet to come across anyone else on the trail. The main obstacle on the trail is pine cones...Powerline ends at 2N17. Turn left and take the 2N17 until you find Snow Forest Trail. As of July 2020 there is a Knickerbocker Trail sign on the left hand side of the road a short distance before the trail starts. It is easy to miss
Snow Forest is very similar to Powerline, but it has a few technical sections that beginner and many intermediate mountain bikers will have to walk around. On the plus side, there are a few optional rick drops for the advanced rider. This trail may have mud, bridges, roots, rocks, to add to the fun. When you finish Snow Forest you may turn left or right to make it back, but we found going right is the best option. Pedal up the road until you find a trail sign directing you to Going Green. If you go left you can still catch the Old Towne Trail or ride back to the Village.
Once on Going Green you will take it to Old Towne Trail and back to Snow Summit.

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Big Bear XC is a 6 mile popular intermediate route located near Big Bear California. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 295 ft with a max elevation of 7,970 ft then descends -1,268 ft.
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Trails in Route

Powerline2,552 ft
Snow Forest3,848 ft


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    AM, XC
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More Stats for Big Bear XC mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -974 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,996 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,970 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,998 ft
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    1 mile
  • Distance down
    3 miles
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    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Snow Forest
Oct 21, 2023 @ 2:36pm
Oct 21, 2023
Running great
Jul 30, 2023 @ 2:03am
Jul 30, 2023
All dry now...
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