BIG BEAR DIRECTIONS/ROAD UPDATES Posted:28-Mar-20 DRIVING MAPS, Big Bear directions, mountain road conditions, snow and weather related updates, mountain driving tips, CalTrans mountain road updates, CHP mountain road updates
Mountain highways to Big Bear Lake and the great scenic drive to: Golden Bear Cottages Resort, at 39367 Big Bear Blvd. (Hwy SR18). Description for each road. Pick the one best suited to your needs. Approximate travel times for mountain routes are shown below.
TRAFFIC CONDITIONS UPDATED from CalTrans --MARCH 28, 2020.
TRAFFIC CONDITIONS UPDATED AT: 08:30 AM =Light =Moderate =Heavy Traffic
RUNNING SPRINGS TO HIGHLAND: 20 mins [0 min Delay] HIGHLAND TO RUNNING SPRINGS: 22 mins [1 min Delay] ROAD OPEN NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS LANE CLOSURE SR-330 from City Creek (Highland) to East Fork City Creek (Skyforest) due to Sign Work
RUNNING SPRINGS TO BIG BEAR: 22 mins [0 min Delay] BIG BEAR TO RUNNING SPRINGS: 24 mins [1 min Delay] ROAD OPEN NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS
BIG BEAR TO REDLANDS: 64 mins [0 min Delay] REDLANDS TO BIG BEAR: 68 mins [0 min Delay] ROAD OPEN NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS
BIG BEAR TO LUCERNE VALLEY: 36 mins [1 min Delay] LUCERNE VALLEY TO BIG BEAR: 35 mins [0 min Delay] ROAD OPEN NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS
CHAIN RESTRICTIONS SUMMARY HWY 18 (Lucerne) : NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 18 (Arctic Circle): NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 18 (Arrowhead) : NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 38 : NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 330: NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 138: NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 173: NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS HWY 189: NO CHAIN RESTRICTIONS
CHAINS RESTRICTIONS DETAIL (Data obtained from Caltrans database, carry snow chains) R1=2WD Vehicles must have M+S Tires, must carry chains R2=2WD Chains Required, 4WD must carry chains.
R3=CHAINS REQUIRED ALL VEHICLES
RECENT MOUNTAIN TRAFFIC INCIDENTS AS OF: 6:00 AM
Updated: 06:00 AM
Big Bear to Highland (330): 42 mins Highland to Big Bear (330): 48 mins Big Bear to Redlands (38): 61 mins Redlands to Big Bear (38): 65 mins Big Bear to Lucerne (18): 33 mins Lucerne to Big Bear (18): 35 mins =Light =Moderate =Heavy Traffic
PLEASE RESEARCH CHAIN CONTROL LOCATIONS WHEN DRIVING TO BIG BEAR NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL.
CALTRANS IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO UPDATE CHAIN CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS FOR CONSISTENCY WITH
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1)Hwy SR18from the San Bernardino area. Begin at the Waterman exit from the 210 freeway (the approximate travel time from this point in good weather is one hour). Go north towards Lake Arrowhead, then continue on by following the signs to Big Bear Lake. When you get to the Dam, go straight ahead for 2.3 miles to Golden Bear Cottages. The office is on the right. NOTE: this road is considered too narrow and curvy for some inexperienced mountain drivers and for passengers prone to motion sickness.
2) Hwy SR38from the Redlands area. Begin at the Hwy 38 exit from the 10 freeway in Redlands (the approximate travel time from this point in good weather is one and 1/2 hour). Go north on Orange Street about 1/2 mile to Lugonia. Turn right on Lugonia (which is SR38) and follow it through Mentone and up the mountain towards Big Bear. When you get to Big Bear, take a left on the main road and follow it along the lake. After about 10 miles you will see the Preforming Arts/Civic Center, our office is just 1/2 mile past it on the left. NOTE: this road is a bit longer, but except for about 7 miles, it is far less curvy. A favorite of many drivers because it is a beautiful senic drive.
3)Hwy SR18from the High Desert. Begin at the Bear Valley Road Exit from the 15 freeway (the approximate travel time from this point in good weather is one and 1/4 hour). Beginning at Lucerne Valley, take Hwy 18 towards Big Bear. When you get to the top of the mountain, go right along the Lake towards Big Bear. When you get to Stanfield Cut-off, go over Big Bear Lake and turn right (West) towards the Dam. We are about 6 miles just past the Preforming Arts/Civic Center. The office is on the left side of the road. NOTE: This is the best road for guests traveling from Las Vegas (less than 3 hours for the total drive). This road only has about 6 miles of curvy road. The rest is an easy drive. It is a good alternative.
4)Hwy SR330From the 210 FWYgo north on the 330 from the 210 Freeway for 15.7 miles to Running Springs. When you get to Running Springs, continue straight towards Big Bear Lake (the road name changes to the SR18, but it is the same road). Follow SR18 for about 12 miles towards Big Bear Lake until you get to the Dam. When you get to the Dam, go straight for 2.3 miles to Golden Bear Cottages. The office is on the right. NOTE: This is the most direct route from the Inland Empire, Orange Co., LA and San Diego. It is a very good road, but a bit curvy for some passengers prone to motion sickness.