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Old 07-13-2020, 04:43 PM   #1
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Ventura to Big Bear

I am told 38 is the best route to Big Bear for a 40ft towing. What is the best way to get to 38 from Ventura? I am thinking 101, 134, 210 all the way to W San Bernardino Ave. Then left on West Lugonia Ave.

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You can also go Hwy 101 to Thousand Oaks and cut up on Hwy 23 thru Simi Valley Hwy 118, across to Hwy5 with a turnoff towards Palmdale Hwy 14. In Palmdale exit onto Hwy 138 toward Apple Valley and cut down to Hwy 18 which comes up the backside in Baldwin Lake, which is north and east of Big Bear Lake. This adds 30 miles but avoids all the major freeways and a long climb up the south face of the mountains. Because the high desert is already 3200 ft the mountain climb is just another 2000 ft instead of 8500 ft.

We lived in Thousand Oaks and would visit Big Bear often.
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As an aside; I rode from Inglewood to Big Bear, taking Hwy 38 going up, and Hwy 18 coming down, on my bicycle in 1968. Took 2 days. Much younger, and stronger, then.
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I agree, 38 is the best. It will bring you out on the east end of Big Bear. From Ventura use 101, 134, 210 to San Bernardino Avenue, turn left at bottom of ramp onto San Bernardino Avenue, go east to Texas St, turn south to Lugonia, then turn left on Lugonia which will become 38 in Redlands. After the initial pull from Forest Falls it is nearly a straight shot to Onyx Summit and then an easy downhill into Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City.

I don't believe this route is any steeper than 138 and it avoids a longer, more congested route 18 into Big Bear. 38 also avoids a very sharp and narrow right turn over the Big Bear Dam.
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Thanks for all the tips
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As an aside; I rode from Inglewood to Big Bear, taking Hwy 38 going up, and Hwy 18 coming down, on my bicycle in 1968. Took 2 days. Much younger, and stronger, then.


We arrived. Dang that was some climbing. Drinking a Arrogant Bastard as a toast to your road ride up here. As a fellow cyclist, i know that was a huge effort. I don’t think you guys had the compact gearing like we have available now.

Cool and dry up here. Thanks again for all the tips to all on this thread.
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