In most of Southern California, “Winter” means clear, brisk days, morning fog and snow capped mountains. Visibility, given the right conditions, can be completely “socked in” or crystal clear and breathtaking. There are particular times, coming to or leaving Big Bear and the San Bernardino Mountains that offer fantastic views. Obviously, you will need to choose your times to drive and take advantage of the conditions.
For a change of pace, don’t allow yourself to get caught in a long line of locals expecting you to go the speed limit. The reason being; using the turnouts for people that want to pass is a good thing. Using the turnouts with views, is a great thing.
Rising up the 330, off the 10 and 210, there are some great vistas to the Southeast. San Jacinto and the mountains stretching to San Diego can be visible. Below you, the grasses are pushing their green up the sides of the hills. Toward evening and particularly sunset, the whole basin transitions to a seemingly endless patchwork of countless lights. All this is visible from the road, usually in quick “bites” as you navigate the mountain curves. A few moments enjoyed while parked can be those moments you need to adjust your altitude and attitude. Pick a view and corresponding turnout. Plan a dawn or sunset drive.
When leaving Big Bear, instead of heading back down the mountain at Running Springs, stay on the 18. Try to arrive along the “Rim” around sunset. When you arrive in Running Springs, after the Snow Valley resort, follow the sign you’ve never followed: the one that says, “Lake Arrowhead”.
Winding along the Rim of the World is a highway connecting thousands living in the San Bernardino mountain communities.
When the weather is clear, if you drive the Rim of the World Highway to Lake Arrowhead and Crestline, in a very short time, you get a sweeping view of the San Gabriel Mountain Range and the whole Inland Empire Valley.
If you follow the mountains, you’ll see the skyscrapers of Los Angeles. Sweeping along the horizon, you realize you are looking at ships on the ocean and the Palos Verde Peninsula. If you can schedule your drive for sunset and watch the countless lights come on, you will leave the mountains appreciating the vast diversity Southern California has to offer.
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