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Getting To Big Bear

Ye Haw!  We’re excited and anxious to greet you but we want to make sure you make it here in one piece! Below is some mighty fine information to help you make it here just fine!

Office Hours and Location

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Street Address: 40016 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, Ca.92315
Mailing Address: PO Box 6818, Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315
Local: (909) 866-5678
Toll free: (800) 363-8303
Fax: (909) 866-4040

Standard Office Hours - Hours will Vary Seasonally

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Note: Hours may increase or decrease according to season & demand.

After Hours Key Pickup

The Gold Rush Office
40016 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315
After Hours (909) 261-8478

Standard Driving Directions

From the Los Angeles area: Take Interstate 10 East, to the 30 freeway North, to Hwy. 330 East. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Follow Big Bear Blvd eastbound until you reach 40016 Big Bear Blvd. (1 block past the Log Cabin Restaurant). Turn left into the parking lot.

From Orange County or the South Bay area: Take the 91 East (or the 55 North to the 91 East), to the 215 North, to Interstate10 East, to the 30 freeway North, to Hwy. 330 East. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Follow Big Bear Blvd eastbound until you reach 40016 Big Bear Blvd. (1 block past the Log Cabin Restaurant). Turn left into the parking lot.


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From the San Diego Area: Take Interstate 15 North, to the 215 North, to Interstate 10 East, to the 30 freeway North, to Hwy. 330 East which will take you up into the mountains. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy.18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Follow Big Bear Blvd eastbound until you reach 40016 Big Bear Blvd. (1 block past the Log Cabin Restaurant). Turn left into the parking lot.

From the San Fernando Valley area: Take the 101 East, to the 134 East, to the 210 East, to Interstate 10 East, to the 30 freeway North, to Hwy. 330 East which will take you up into the mountains. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Follow Big Bear Blvd eastbound until you reach 40016 Big Bear Blvd. (1 block past the Log Cabin Restaurant). Turn left into the parking lot.

From the Las Vegas area: Take the Interstate 15 South, to Hwy 247. This will bring you to the town of Lucerne. Go past two stop signs and turn left onto Hwy 18, which leads up the mountain to the Big Bear Valley. Follow Hwy 18 approximately 6 miles to Stanfield Cutoff. Turn left, drive across the lake. Turn right at the traffic signal and follow Big Bear Blvd westbound until you reach 40016 Big Bear Blvd. (Boulder Bay Area). Turn right into the parking lot.

From the Palm Springs area: Take Interstate 10 West, to the 30 freeway North, to Hwy. 330 East. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Follow Big Bear Blvd eastbound until you reach 40016 Big Bear Blvd. (1 block past the Log Cabin Restaurant). Turn left into the parking lot.

General Routes

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There are three routes to choose from when traveling to the Big Bear area. We recommend you select your route in advance and check the current conditions just before departing on your trip.

Hwy’s 18 & 330 through Running Springs –  This route is the closest to our check-in office. Known as the, “Front Way”, going across the dam. The most popular way. This is usually a faster route leading into Big Bear, therefore, usually more traffic to contend with on weekends and holidays.

Hwy 38 through Redlands – usually the least traveled of the three route options. This road is wider and with not as many turns over and above the others. It’s also known as the most beautifully scenic route to take.

Hwy 18 through Lucerne Valley – Known as the, “Back Way”, this road is also usually less traveled. Because it begins in the desert it usually gets less snow during winter storms. Getting up the mountain is quicker as far as any mountain driving is concerned.

Travelling Mountain Roads During the Winter

The weather in most mountain regions can change at a moments notice and Big Bear is no exception. The travel information we have provided is meant to help prepare you for unexpected issues you may not be thinking about in advance.
Driving anytime from October – April.
If you are traveling anytime between mid October thru the mid part of April, please carry

  • Tire Chains (can purchase at any auto parts store). 

If there is a tire chain advisory you will be stopped and not allowed to move forward without putting chains on, 4X4’s will need to show proof that they are carrying chains if they are not mandatory to put on. If you do not have tire chains we urge you to purchase them prior to departing from your home.                                                                                           

  • Small Rubber Mat (used to kneel on when installing chains).
  • Small Shovel (used to help you clear mounds of snow to install chains, help the guy holding up traffic a few cars ahead, or to be an additional shovel to help clear snow at the parking area).
  • Flashlight (to aid in finding your way by seeing street signs as it gets exceptionally dark in mountain communities, or if you have an intermittent power loss while in the home),
  • Blankets (keep you warmer in the car or an extra blanket in the rental),
  • water (very important to keep hydrated, high altitude has a tendancy to dehydrate oneself quicker).
  • Snacks (just in case you get stuck between meals, it helps stave off hunger) as you can be stopped on the road for a time due to unavoidable issues.
  • PLAN AN ALTERNATE ROUTE TO BE PREPARED!

Even the best laid plans can be unavoidably changed by many issues. Weather and road conditions can be a constant source of change. Be prepared by mapping your course and choosing two routes in the event that one fails. Here are options to help you plot your journey. Don’t forget to do a last minute look to get the most current reports for the Hwy’s you plan to travel.

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