During winter driving, carry chains in mountain areas and watch for Highway Maintenance

Road Conditions: You must carry chains in the mountains in winter! Click on these Caltrans links or call 1(800) 427-ROAD for latest. Map | Print custom route maps Road closed? There is almost always an alternate route. If you are staying with us and cannot find an open route, please call us at 909-866-2941.
Highway 330 - The lower section of the front route from the 210 to the 18 in Running Springs.
Highway 18 - Rim of the World, Waterman Canyon - Running Springs - Big Bear, front way - High Desert ( back way from Pear Blossom/Victorville)
Highway 38 - Redlands - Big Bear (back way, our favorite!)
Caltrans website
| CHP Site

The front route from San Bernardino (330) through Running Springs, (18) is the shortest route but sometimes congested. Longer Highway 38, (my favorite), and the longest, easier, back route, Highway 18 through Victorville are sometimes easier. Highway 18 up Waterman and across Rim of the World Highway is a nice, but slightly longer drive than the front route. You are supposed to have chains in your car until spring. Check the above links or the Caltrans number for the latest. When the front routes are closed or slow due to snow or other problems, here are alternate routes using 38 from Redlands (Our Favorite - 20 minutes longer than front route) or Victorville (45 minutes longer, below): To Print Google maps, use these links below, replacing the starting address with your own. Please use these as guides only, adjusting to fit your travel plans."

From Orange County, LA, or Riverside using 38, create a map to Big Bear:

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San Diego to Sleepy Forest

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From North of the mountains go through Victorville and use the following map:

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click to change starting address to your home.

Map -- Getting To Big Bear

Bear Mountain's Route Map