Nestled high in the San Bernardino National Forest, at an elevation of 7000 feet, is Southern California’s favorite four season mountain resort and outdoor recreation destination. With over 320 days of sunshine each year, Big Bear Lake is known for its panoramic views, quaint alpine village and evergreen forest surrounding a seven-mile alpine lake. Centrally located between Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas, Big Bear Lake is an outdoor recreational playground.
Big Bear Lake has a rustic and rich western heritage. Originally settled by the Serrano Indians, Big Bear was home to the largest gold strike in Southern California and is now a modern day resort community of 20,000, visited by over 6 million visitors annually.
Within a 3-hour drive from 20 million in population, outdoor recreation is what Big Bear Lake is all about! In summer our picturesque lake teems with just about every aquatic sport imaginable including boating, fishing, wake boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. During the winter season, mountain snows bring a wide variety of winter sports including skiing and snowboarding at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resorts and snowshoeing, cross country skiing and fat biking in the forest – no matter what the season, Big Bear Lake is the place to be outside!
Big Bear is Southern California’s premier road and mountain cycling destination with more than 100 miles of mountain trails perfect for cross country mountain biking as well as the home of some of the most diversified high altitude road cycling in California. “Road cycling continues to grow into the cornerstone of our signature outdoor sporting and athletic events. Our unique location and environment make Big Bear the ideal high-altitude venue for training and competition”, stated Jeff Mathieu, City Manager, Big Bear Lake. Many pro teams train in Big Bear Lake’s high altitude environment because of the riding diversity and beautiful Southern California weather. With a rich mountain bike heritage and as a three-time host city of the Amgen Tour of California and Redlands Bicycle Classic, and seven-time venue of the Tour de Big Bear, Big Bear Lake is truly the Cycling Capital of Southern California!
“Big Bear Lake is honored to serve as the individual time trial stage for the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. Our community was proud to host the 2010 and 2012 stage finishes and helped to put Big Bear Lake on the international map for cycling,” – Rick Herrrick, Mayor Pro Tem