San Bernardino Forest – Ride #1
Big Bear Lake Motorcycle Tour
The 330 North off of the 210 East is a wonderfully steep, wide & winding road. And it’s even more astounding on the way down, overlooking the immense LA. Basin… more on that when you see it for yourself!
This is the Big Bear Lake Motorcycle Tour leading to Big Bear village, Big Bear city…a very active, busy even, valley and destination at 7000 ft. A favorite of Angelinos who have a crush for ice and snow!
The North shore of BIG BEAR lake on the opposite side is a peaceful shoelace of a road, bordering the lake and “serpenting” through woods and cabins, offering a splendid view of the lake and of the impressive mass of the snow covered high peaks of the sierra.
A bit of History…
Big Bear Lake was inhabited by the indigenous Serrano Indians for over 2,000 years before it was explored by Benjamin Wilson and his party. Once populated by only the natives and the grizzly bears, from which the area received its name, the population of the Big Bear Valley grew rapidly during the Southern California Gold Rush from 1861 to 1912. Grizzly bears were not found in the region after 1908. Today, there are black bears in the region since their introduction in 1933, and they are sometimes sighted in residential areas.
A trip to Big Bear Lake from San Bernardino took two days on horse-drawn coaches. Kirk Phillips was a local who took a trip to New York City and saw the world’s first bus line. This inspired him to create the world’s second bus line from San Bernardino to Big Bear Valley using White trucks with several rows of seats. This made it possible for the villages to grow and for Big Bear Lake to become the first mountain recreation area in Southern California.