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Old 06-06-12, 07:13 PM
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Riding up to Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear

Hello guys!! Me and a couple of my friends are planning to ride up to Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear sometimes during the summer. We will be starting off in Arcadia and we want to get to Lake Arrowhead where we will stay for the night.

After looking at the maps of the area I see that there are many ways to get there, but I am not sure which way would be the best. Has anyone ever attempted to ride up there? What would be the best route?

This is just a rough route going up HWY 18: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/296802

If we do this, we will probably be doing it in July.

I already know that this ride will be easy for me, so that is not a worry.
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Old 06-06-12, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by fishymamba View Post

I already know that this ride will be easy for me, so that is not a worry.
In that case, you should just take the "back way" from Redlands up and over Onyx Summit. And big-ring it.
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
In that case, you should just take the "back way" from Redlands up and over Onyx Summit. And big-ring it.

Great idea!!! I think I should take my BMX bike instead of my road bike.
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Unless you take the 38 from Redlands, I would go very early up the 18 or 330. Let me stress very early.
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Old 06-06-12, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Ben FR View Post
Unless you take the 38 from Redlands, I would go very early up the 18 or 330. Let me stress very early.

Thanks for the tip, we will be doing the ride in the weekdays, so hopefully there will be less traffic.

Would it be better to go up the 18 or 330?
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Don't be too confident in there being less traffic on weekdays. Many people that live up in that area commute down to San Berdu, Redlands, even into L.A. to work. Because of the distance many travel, and their familiarity with the road, they are likely to drive at higher speeds than the typical weekend tourist who isn't paying attention. 18 and 330 are the main thoroughfares through the area so get a realistic idea of conditions. You might also want to give thought as to whether Baseline or Foothill is a better route across from Arcadia. I think much of Baseline is 2 lane whereas Foothill is 4, but there are several others around that ride those areas who could provide good input.
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Old 06-07-12, 09:33 AM
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The route looke fine to me. Baseline I think will have less traffic over all and in some parts it is 4 lanes. Still I would rather stick to the foothills up higher and then drop down into San Bernardino. Waterman is the best way to go but the back side will have more shade and scenery, you just have to get past the Devore freeway section.
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Don't be too confident in there being less traffic on weekdays. Many people that live up in that area commute down to San Berdu, Redlands, even into L.A. to work. Because of the distance many travel, and their familiarity with the road, they are likely to drive at higher speeds than the typical weekend tourist who isn't paying attention. 18 and 330 are the main thoroughfares through the area so get a realistic idea of conditions. You might also want to give thought as to whether Baseline or Foothill is a better route across from Arcadia. I think much of Baseline is 2 lane whereas Foothill is 4, but there are several others around that ride those areas who could provide good input.
Another option would be for you to take the 138 through Silverwood lake. It would require you to come up through Upland/Rancho Cucamonga/Fontanta to Glen Hellen / Devore. You will need to ride a section of the 15 which is legal, about a mile and exit 138. 138 through silverwood lake will get you to Lake Arrowhead / Big Bear. Very nice route, once you make it past the 15
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Originally Posted by Lesper4 View Post
The route looke fine to me. Baseline I think will have less traffic over all and in some parts it is 4 lanes. Still I would rather stick to the foothills up higher and then drop down into San Bernardino. Waterman is the best way to go but the back side will have more shade and scenery, you just have to get past the Devore freeway section.
I agree. Baseline, east of the 15 freeway sucks.
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
In that case, you should just take the "back way" from Redlands up and over Onyx Summit. And big-ring it.
Plus that way you could throw in Jack Rabbit Trail and Oak Glenn to make it kind of Breathless Agony-ish!

I've ridden 330 up from Redlands on Ride Around the Bear several years, then last year The Bear went up 18 and that was scenic too. Either way is good, but either way has traffic and not a hint of a bike lane (Hwy 18 does have some 4 lane sections and 330 does have passing lanes and turn-outs).

At least if you go up 38 you have a bikelane-ish shoulder all the way up Damnation Alley, i.e. until you get to Forest Falls turn-off.

So 38, 330, 18, they're all good, but none are particularly bicycle friendly (Damnation Alley excepted, of course).

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If you take 18, detour up Old Waterman Canyon. It will keep your attention.
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Thanks for all the tips guys, the Waterman/18 way looks like the best.

Unfortunately, my friend's bike got stolen today , so we are probably not going to be able to do the ride.(Unless he gets a new bike).
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