Big Bear, Mammoth, South Lake Tahoe, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, Durango, and Steamboat Springs: they are all touristy little mountain towns with the same cast of characters living a fraught and resentful symbiotic relationship. There are locals, the vacation homeowners, and regular tourists. Go into the grocery store and you can easily lump everyone you see into one of the three groups. It’s really obvious.
Big Bear is in the San Bernardino Mountains, about three towing hours away from our house. Yes readers not from SoCal, we have mountains. And they are quite rugged and steep. The San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains are the two main ranges in SoCal.
And here is where I admit that this is only the third time I’ve been to Big Bear. The last two times were in the 70s. That’s what happens when your younger brother moves to Mammoth in the early 80s. Mammoth became the focal point. Mammoth folk, including yours truly, looked down upon and even scoffed at Big Bear.
Now at sixty-one years old, looking back, man, we had a lot of dumb notions.
Glamour shot and reality. We couldn’t believe how close the dumpsters were. It really wasn’t an issue though since the campground was more empty than full the entire time.
The Skyline Trail: a popular South Shore ride. All the trails we hit in the Big Bear area were excellent.
Blue Sage: an aromatic plant. Once you got a whiff of it there was no doubt it was a sage.
That’s my boy,another great blog. Ruth Harris
Be sure to check-out Holcolm Valley and if anyone reading has kids you can grab a map to take you on the gold trail. Hard to believe that area almost became the seat of San Bernadino. So many great trails. We wanted to drive the trail that is Sky High but chickened out because I am terrified of those high mountain single lane roads. Glad you mentioned it so will take that off our to-do list. I really want to do the Big Bear to Joshua Tree 4×4 though. Any takers? Hey is there a way we can see your reply to our comments w/o logging in?
Big Bear to Joshua Tree all 4×4??? If anyone can do it, you can Jen-Jen!
Is the trail in Big Bear called Sky High or Skyline? There was a pretty tame dirt road at the beginning of Skyline. I don’t know how far or where it goes, but probably not what you are talking about.
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Sounds like a great trip and as always, great writing!
Thanks Sharon 😊