Start your route in Highland, CA and head north on CA Route 330 up to Running Springs. From Running Springs take 18 east to Big Bear Lake. Now to make a loop around the lake, you can continue on 18 as you pass on the south side of Big Bear Lake until you get towards the end of the lake where you need to a left on Stenfeild Cuttoff and cross over the lake to Route 38 where you take a left (go east) and travel the north side of Big Bear Lake. Now 38 will run back into Route 18 where you want to take a left and drive again along the south side of the lake and continue on Route 38 as it winds you a long beautiful drive through the San Bernadino National Forest eventually turning west and dropping you off out of the mountains and into the Redlands area. Its about 91 miles or 2hrs 21mins of travel.
You will see Forests Rocks Sky Mountains Lakes little shops when you get into town.
This is a high traffic road with a lot of travelers most don't move over for you to pass. I've seen CHP and Local Police in the Big Bear area. The early part of the road up the 330 is nice just been redone in a lot of parts (Aug 2011) Some fun turns and great stopping points. Big Bear lake streets are warn with potholes and repairs you won't be going to fast down the main roads. The 38 is similar you can tell its a well traveled road with noticeable wear from snow tires and chains. 38 Is also fast at times you will be doing 65mph on sweeping curves there are a few short tight turns but you won't be below 30mph for long.
You can find restaurants, gas, shops in the towns. It's a resort town so you can find hotels up there.
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a good day trip if you have a passenger with tits and you want to take them for a ride long fun drive. Don't go in the winter yes it snows in Big Bear that should be a given.
I love this ride. If you have the time then its a must. The 18 has some nice tight turns and the road has been redone recently. The 38 seems to favor wide sweeping turns so you can really turn that throttle. Also, there are sections that have recently been repaired so it makes for a better ride. You won't be disappointed.
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September 16, 2013
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
This could be one of the best section of roads in So Cal often referred to as the "Rim of the World Ride"...but should be called "Ride with the World"...it gets loaded with traffic, lots of tour groups, campers, horse trailers etc. I would avoid it on a weekend your you'll spend your time negotiation passes on groups of 3-10 cars at a time. It is still a "must do ride," but manage your expectations and a stop for brunch at the Belgian Waffle Works in Arrowhead is worth the fight. Call ahead so you don't have to wait.
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May 9, 2013
12 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
This is a great ride but I wish it was longer. I guess i could do it twice. The scenery is cool and the roads are in pretty good shape.