Confirmed. Big Bear is cold in the winter. But it could have been so much colder so I’m glad it was only in the low 40’s and free of rain/sleet/hail/snow. The previous storm had dumped some snow and rain which allowed the ski resorts to open last week but most of that had absorbed into the thirsty forest soil making the riding conditions tacky and great. And where there was snow and mud puddles left over, it made for a fun excuse to leave some tire tracks!
Altogether, I was able to put two rides together totaling 41 miles, 6,000+ feet of climbing, 1 wood bison (zoo, picture below), 1 coyote (wild, no picture), all in four and half hours. I also got to try some new downhill trails that were on my checklist (i.e. Trick or Treat and 7 Oaks) and I even scored a 4th overall down 7 Oaks per Strava! 7 Oaks trail is an awesome 2 mile 1,600 foot descent filled with acorn-covered singletrack that then makes way to rock slides. In short – awesome! Here are photos from my two rides:
Here are the two rides, via Strava: