Directions to Big Bear Lake


Directions to Big Bear Lake

There are three routes to choose from when traveling to the Big Bear area. We recommend that you select your route in advance and check the current road and weather conditions. Remember to always carry chains in your vehicle when traveling in the mountains during the winter.  It's the law.

Hwy 18 through Running Springs is the fastest route to Big Bear, however this route is typically more congested on weekends and busy holidays

Hwy 38 through Redlands is a beautiful scenic route and is typically the least congested. The road is also wider and less windy than the other options.

Hwy 18 through Lucerne Valley gets less snowfall during storms and has the least amount of mountain driving and is also typically less congested.

From the Greater Los Angeles Area:
Miles: Approx. 100, Est. Driving Time: 2 hours
East on Interstate 10 to Redlands. Take the Mountain Resorts / Running Springs exit – Hwy. 30 North. Follow Highway 30 to Highway 330. Follow Highway 330 to Highway 18. Highway 330 turns into Highway 18 in Running Springs. Follow Highway 18 and turn right across the dam to Big Bear Lake.

From Orange County Area:
Miles: Approx. 98, Est. Driving Time: 2 hours
Take the 91 Freeway East to the 215 North to the Interstate 10. Go East on Interstate 10 to Redlands. Take the Mountain Resorts / Running Springs exit – Hwy. 30. Follow Highway 30 to Highway 330. Follow Highway 330 to Highway 18. Highway 330 turns into Highway 18 in Running Springs. Follow Highway 18 and turn right across the dam to Big Bear Lake.

From San Diego County:
Miles: 146, Est. Driving Time: 2.5 hours
Go north on Interstate 15 to the 215 North. Take the Interstate 10 East to Redlands. Take the Mountain Resorts / Running Springs exit – Hwy. 30 North. Follow Highway 30 to Highway 330. Follow Highway 330 to Highway 18. Highway 330 turns into Highway 18 in Running Springs. Follow Highway 18 and turn right across the dam, to Big Bear Lake.

From The Greater San Fernando Valley:
Miles 100, Est. Driving Time: 2 hours
Go EAST! Take the 101 Freeway East, to the 134 East, to the 210 East. Take the Big Bear Lake / Mountain Resorts / Running Springs exit – Hwy. 30 North. Follow Highway 30 to Highway 330. Follow Highway 330 to Highway 18. Highway 330 turns into Highway 18 in Running Springs. Follow Highway 18 and turn right across the dam, to Big Bear Lake

Hwy. 18 Through Lucerne Valley
Known by locals as the back way, Hwy. 18 through Lucerne Valley has the least mountain curves, but has some steep, short grades. It is the route that is least affected by snow and ice.

From The High Desert (Victorville)
Miles: 47, Est. Driving Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
From 15 Freeway, take the Bear Valley Road Exit. Stay on Bear Valley Road until it intersects Hwy. 18. Turn right on Hwy. 18 (going East) toward Lucerne Valley. Hwy. 18 bears to the right in Lucerne Valley. Bear right and follow Hwy. 18 into the east end of Big Bear Valley. Stay on Hwy. 18, following the North Shore of Big Bear Valley until Division Drive. Turn left on Division Drive. Go one-quarter mile and turn right into the Convention Center parking lot.

Hwy. 38 Through Redlands
Hwy. 38 is probably the most scenic drive into the Big Bear Valley. It winds through the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, through the Santa Ana River Valley, and then, climbs into the Big Bear Valley from the southeast. It is a preferred route out of Big Bear Valley during holidays and peak periods.
From The Interstate 10 East or the 210 East, go past the Hwy. 30 exit and get off at the Hwy 10, Orange Street exit – to Hwy. 38. At the stop sign at the bottom of the freeway off-ramp, go straight one more block to Orange Street and turn left. Go about one mile and turn right on East Lugonia Ave. – to Hwy. 38. Follow Hwy. 38 into the Big Bear Valley. Once in Big Bear, Hwy. 38 turns left onto Big Bear Blvd. (Hwy. 18).

For maps and directions go to: http://www.bigbear.com/travel-tools/directions-and-maps/