Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in the Big Bear Lake area and the highest legal biking peak in the San Bernardino Mountains. There are rich stands of Sierra Juniper and Limber Pine along this route. The route starts in Wildhorse Meadows which is a beautiful rare and protected alpine meadow right in Southern California. This route is the shortest route to the summit. The route could also be combined with the route to Lightning Gulch Point which would make for a amazing high elevation jaunt.
Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38). Go one block east, then go north 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 and head towards the mountains. Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road to Heart Bar Campground, on the right, keep going straight. Go another 2.2 miles on SR 38 to a dirt road, 2N93, on the left. Turn left and follow 2N93 (dirt, high clearance 2W okay) for 6.0 miles to Wildhorse Meadows at a saddle where there is a gated dirt road on the left and a shot up abandoned car on the right next to logs. Park just before this fork near the logs. As far as is signed you do not need a Adventure Pass to park on this saddle.
When to Bike & External LinksSugarloaf Mountain should only be ridden in snowfree conditions.
Go to San Bernardino National Forest for current conditions.
You will need a Adventure Pass for parking at the turnout.
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