Big Bear Safari 18

This weekend of adventure is designed for couples and families. This is a scenic, mixed paved and dirt road adventure. Not tough stuff, just a fun outdoor adventure.

Day1: The adventure starts with breakfast in Temecula. Then we travel into the coastal mountains of the Cleveland National Forest and the Main Divide Trail. Next it is across Paris Valley the sneaky back way and up to Apple Annie's for pie for lunch. The afternoon brings us up through Angeles Oaks and the Famous Radford Grade into the back side of Big Bear. In Big Bear we will stay in cabins nestled in the forest with a sunset view of the lake. We will have a Potluck Happy Hour with everyone bringing an appetizer to share and then a hosted dinner in and around our cabins.

Day2: Morning ride starts after breakfast at Teddy Bear Restaurant in downtown Big Bear. The day's ride takes us around Big Bear Lake and along Rim of the World trail. We'll continue past Green Valley Lake and towards Lake Arrowhead. Then we head down the Cloudland Truck Trail and into San Bernardino for lunch at Nonna's Italian Restaurant. After lunch, riders depart and head for their homes.

Hope you can join us! This is a chance for people and couples to get out and enjoy nature and each other in a really informal way.

Thanks to Jeffrey and Belen, they went out and did a pre-ride of the routes and I now have some route updates to make, But here are the pictures

Big Bear Sarafi Pre-ride

November 3rd-4th 2018

Ride complete here are the photos from this adventure

Two day scenic jeep tour around the mountains of Southern California.

We meet on Saturday morning in Temecula CA. We spend the Saturday Night in cabins in Big Bear.

Ride Description Big Bear Safari 2018

Signup info:

The cost to join this 2 day ride is $325 per Jeep full or Cabin full. This covers your lodging for Saturday Night, (1 Cabin with 2 beds) It also includes Saturday dinner and your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.

Sorry the ride is sold out

After your signup, riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.

Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.

Refund Policy

Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.

Ride Details

I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!

Ride Yodas

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View the ride maps below

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN routes

The Red lines are Harder routes

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.

(see my ride Navigation Video)

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)

Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the world.