As you pass the 3,000-foot elevation sign, things get real. The easiest drive is to go hwy 38. It is very crowded with (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? Get onto the I-105 East from S Sepulveda Blvd. There is some confusion about the CA-18 which starts at Running Springs and continues into Big Bear Lake. The drive up to Big Bear is not for the faint of heart. This way avoids the "Arctic Cicle" area. We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason. Drive: 114 miles, 2 h 12 min depending on traffic. What is the best way to arrive in Palm Springs? Answer 1 of 9: I've just read on a recent post that the drive to Big Bear is scary! You will pass by Boulder Bay Park on your left and the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain on your right before you arrive at the Village. Or, and this is one only people who know what's going on will tell you about, go through Yucca Valley to CA SR 247, then up Camp Rock Road to CA SR 18 and go up the north side. Some Big Bear Hotels & Lodges also feature cabins for rent. I live in Yucaipa. On busy weekends and during snow storms CA-38 may be a better choice. What’s the best way to get to Big Bear? Big Bear Lake is a popular vacation spot for the hordes of human beings who live in Los Angeles, which means the joint can get pretty jammed up. To go this way, take the CA-18 to Lucerne and then go west towards Hesperia until you reach Bear Valley Road. Related: What are the most popular tours in Palm Springs? In answer to your original question, there is Cross Country Skiing in the Running Springs area. Look at the road on Google Earth and you'll see. Half-Day Jeep Tour of the San Andreas Fault, Bank Heist Escape Room Game for Private Group, http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html, Driving Bay Area to Palm Springs over Christmas. Follow the CA-330 North and when you arrive at Running Springs the CA-330 changes to the CA-18. There are four different routes to (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? I normally go this way, but I have lots of miles in big rigs and pretty much go anywhere cars go. If you are not familiar to driving on the right side of the road, I recommend you do not drive yourself there. There are complete 360 degree turns even where the road goes over itself to get up. Shortest drive from Las Vegas to Palm Springs, Bus from Palm Springs to Disneyland or San Diego, dancing in Palm Springs area middle aged couple. more. If there is fog or ice on the road, it is dangerous. I've done both in big rigs. Approximately 11 miles later you will arrive at the traffic light at Big Bear Lake Dam, continue straight ahead over the new bridge for Big Bear Lake or turn left onto North Shore Drive if you are staying in Fawnskin. This dual name continues through the Town of Big Bear Lake past the Stanfield Cut-Off towards Big Bear City, and when you reach Greenway the CA-18 turns left on Greenway and then turns right where it becomes just the CA-18 again. Lugonia turns into Hwy 38. There is rarely chain control ( after snow ) until you get to Running Springs. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in Australia. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Some people prefer to take the back road because the drive out of the mountain is shorter. Sorry, but it is not exactly the same road to (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? To review the Tripadvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html. Find directions to Big Bear Lake, CA - 4 Routes Include: 330/18 via Running Springs, HWY 38 via Redlands, HWY 18 via Crestline or HWY 18 via Apple Valley. I am a big chicken when it comes to mt roads but I didn't mind the one up to BigBear. My daughter got car sick twice and it was not a fun experience. Lake Arrowhead is on Highway 18 which you can get to in less than 30 minutes from San Bernardino. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-5980113', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Big Bear as it is to Lake Arrowhead. If it were me, and I've been on these roads dozens of times (at least), I would go up the north side and back down the south side. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-7494626', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Big Bear literally hundreds of times for work in all kinds of weather and traffic conditions in all kinds of vehicles. When travelling to the mountains in the winter months, you are required to carry chains even if it isn't snowing at the time (if Highway Patrol stops you and you don’t have chains you will be asked to turn around and purchase them before you return). On 330 you will be slow and need to use pull-out frequently. So, my advice to go up there is weather-dependent. There is some confusion about the CA-18 which starts at Running Springs and continues into Big. All the roads leading to Big Bear offer some pretty spectacular vistas, especially CA-330/CA-18 - there are numerous turn-outs where you can stop to enjoy the different views, on a clear day you can see all the way to the ocean. We are planning to go to Big Bear Lake for a few days end of March, hopefully to ski. Featuring Big Bear Hotels & Lodges. Take the Bear Valley Road until you reach the 1-15 South. I would say just go slowly . Go via Yucapia and CA SR 38. So what is scary about it - are there big drops on the side of the road? It is about 93 miles northeast of Los Angeles, an approximate 2 hour, and 10 minute drive depending on traffic and road conditions. It is extremly twisty and narrow with cliffs that drop hundreds of feet down beside you at places. If it's bad, stay in Palm Springs (where it will probably still be nice). When you arrive at the bridge over the Big Bear Lake Dam, the CA-18 continues straight ahead and this section of the road is called CA-18/Big Bear Blvd. Don’t forget to keep a flashlight, water, snacks and extra blankets in the car - just in case there is a traffic delay due to a storm. So what is scary about it - are there big drops on the side of the road? ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-5980202', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Big Bear, and which one you take depends on where you're coming from. I'm worried now! In January I drove to Big Bear in the rain and fog at night on the 330/18. Just head north to Lugonia ave, turn right. To go this way, When travelling to the mountains in the winter months, you are required to carry chains even if it isn't snowing, Highway 330/18 (San Bernardino aka. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-5977890', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Big Bear is scary! ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-5979380', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');cars coming at you from all directions and accidents are not uncommon. or 3.5 miles to Bear Mountain Resort via Moonridge Rd or Club View Dr. After the first three curves you may think you have it under control but the highway is full of windy, sudden and sharp turns. Take the CA-210 East to the CA-330 North (Mountain Resorts / Big Bear Lake). Continue your visit to www.tripadvisor.com, Get answers to your questions about Palm Springs. into the City of Big Bear Lake. There are only two reasonable routes to Lake Arrowhead...the 18 and 330, depending on your staring point. On the way to Big Bear you will pass through the town of Running Springs, and then Deer Lick. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-5979621', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Palm Springs. ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-5978532', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Big Bear as to LakeArrowhead. Front Way). The North Side route has very little mountain driving (check maps.google.com), but the road is as tight as it gets and the cliffs are pretty high. The road past there , heading to Big Bear is where it does get scary. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.