For a scenic and family-friendly biking experience, don’t miss Lakeview Drive. This 3-mile paved road runs alongside Big Bear Lake, offering captivating views and easy riding conditions. The route takes you through some of the oldest neighborhoods in Big Bear and tranquil shorelines, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the area at a relaxed pace. Lakeview Drive is a great option for families who prefer a peaceful biking experience with minimal traffic. Though it is a designated bike route, this road can get busier on the weekend, so be sure to keep an eye on the kiddos and move over for traffic coming up behind you.
As you approach Lagunita Point along the way, you can head down to the shoreline and get some great views of the north shore and Gold Mountain on the east side of Big Bear Valley. Continuing west, you’ll pass Mallard Lagoon and eventually make it to the intersection of Edgemoore and Forest Road. Turing right you can continue your ride out onto Gilner Point, the site of Big Bear’s very first campsite back in 1845. Following Forest Road you’ll eventually find another little shoreline access road at the very end of the road. Take this chance to head out and get an even better view, this time of the west side of the lake looking towards the dam with Butler peak rising in the distance. If you look closely you can just make out the fire watch tower at the top. On your way back along Forest road, take note of the black sign labeling a small wood cabin on the lakeshore “Blanc.” This was Mel Blanc’s Big Bear retreat, and is still owned by his family. Yes, that Mel Blanc of Looney Toons fame, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many other characters. Did you know he even wrote a song about Big Bear?