Mountain Bike Pine Knot Trail in Big Bear

Pine Knot Trail Parking

One of my favorite rides in Southern CA, this is a 6 mile mountain bike trail loop with amazing views and the best single track descent in the area.

Park at the free parking lot behind the village off of Knickerbocker Rd between Village Drive and Pedder Road. Ride up Knickerbocker Rd towards the mountain. Look out for the fire service road 2N08 that veers left and uphill. The first 2 miles is challenging steep uphill, but beautiful nonetheless. The next 2 miles are uphill but not as steep. Make the 1/4 mile big climb to Grandview Junction on for a gorgeous view on a cliff under the trees, and enjoy a snack and break. Go down Pine Knot Trail (1E01) for the best single track around, and stellar views of Big Bear Lake. You will end up at a picnic area, go all the way until you hit Mill Creek Rd, make a right and then right again at the main Hwy 18 until you get to Knickerbocker Rd. Enjoy a well deserved tasty beverage and meal in the village!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Cell Phone
  • Bike
  • Helmet
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RT Distance 6 Miles
Elevation Gain 1413 Feet
Activities Mountain Biking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Rent A Good Bike

I rode this trail from the base at Aspen Glen, which is all up hill from that point, up to Grand View look out on a bike rental I found further in town. I rented a lower grade mountain bike and I paid for it dearly on these hills. If you're like me and prefer a more premium bike to rent, I'd recommend Bear Valley Bikes (bvbikes.com) located across the street from Aspen Glenn's picnic area. On the ride, this time of year where snow is very minimal you'll find it pretty slick and dry so a fat tire would be useful here. There are a few steep slopes that borders the trail shared with hikers/bikers so careful on the downhills. There are many downhill trails, the more advanced being on the other side of the lake near Grout bay (not 100% sure that's the name). Overall, it was a nice ride even on a low quality bike so if you come prepared the mountain won't disappoint.

A Must Ride

I actually parked at the Pine Knot trailhead off Mill Creek road and climbed from there. A decent climb to Grand View Point but worth the fast flowy single track back.


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