San Bernardino to Lake Arrowhead




Bike Ride

4931 ft

Begins in:
San Bernardino Lake Arrowhead, CA, United States
Created By:
Del Dickson
You have two basic choices climbing the mountain to Lake Arrowhead. <br> <br> The first is at the bottom of the hill: I choose to ride up Waterman Canyon. Fairly narrow and no bike lane, but less well traveled. Or you may stay on the four lane main road with more room but more (and faster) traffic. <br> <br> The second choice comes toward the top of the four lane road, which is reduced to two lanes beyond the Crestline Bridge. <br> <br> I strongly recommend riding through Crestline and up to Lake Arrowhead the back way, through Lake Gregory and Twin Peaks. You will have to climb more, but there is much less, and slower, traffic. <br> <br> The stretch of Rim of the World Highway between the Crestline bridge and Two-Mile Road (the bit of highway that runs from the Rim to The Village) is narrow, busy, twisty, and dangerous for bicyclists. Tourists don&#039;t know how to drive mountain roads, and these days native mountain drivers aren&#039;t much better. Both are dangerous in their own way and should be avoided to the extent possible. So get off Hwy 18 at the Crestline bridge and take the back way. There are several alternative routes other than the one that I mapped out. You won&#039;t avoid all of the idiots, but there will be far fewer of them and they won&#039;t be driving as fast.
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Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 1 0.06 mi/12.43 mi 12.37 mi 1,108 ft/4,795 ft 5.6%
Cat 2 13.87 mi/17.05 mi 3.19 mi 4,550 ft/5,726 ft 7.0%

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