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South Shore to Santa Ana Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A big dirt road loop with big views, climbs, and descents.


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27.7

Miles

44.5

KM

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Singletrack

8,088' 2,465 m

High

5,047' 1,538 m

Low

4,549' 1,386 m

Up

4,549' 1,386 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

A big loop on the south side of Big Bear Lake that provides amazing views and a serious test of physical fitness.

Description

This route is a loop, starting near the Village of Big Bear Lake. It's a great deal of beautiful forest riding on dirt roads up to historic Clark’s Grade.

Start by pedaling up FSR 2N08. At the top, you'll enjoy expansive views before starting a "big time" downhill into the Santa Ana River Valley via Clark's Grade (1N54). At the bottom, turn left on Converse Road (1N04) and settle in for the biggest challenge of the ride when you ascend back up to South Shore via steep and legendary Radford Truck Trail (2N06). The climb up Radford Truck Trail (2N06) is on a fire road climb that tops out at the back of the Big Bear Ski Resorts. It is less-traveled than Clark's Grade and much rockier towards the top.

Near the top of the climb, turn left on Skyline Road (2N10). Enjoy a quick downhill before turning right on FSR 2N51Y. Pedal a little uphill from here and then turn right on FSR 2N08 to finish the ride.

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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

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Skyline Trail near Big Bear.
Sep 1, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
So Cal high-country beauty!
Jun 23, 2018 near Big Bea…, CA
Lots of fun little hucks and easy technical bits along Skyline trail!
Jun 11, 2018 near Big Bea…, CA
Top of the grade at dusk.
Nov 8, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
Looking out towards Seven Oaks from the Skyline Ridge. Patrick navigates some of the contouring switchbacks that make the Skyline trail fun in either directions.
May 29, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Adam B. is exiting a split boulder formation. One of the handful through-boulder routs this trail has!
Jul 19, 2013 near Big Bea…, CA

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