Getting to Big Bear in the Winter Safely- What You Need to Know
Between October and May, vehicles to Big Bear MUST carry tire chains. Depending on road conditions observed (R1 through R4) restrictions may be in place. Officials may stop vehicles from coming up the mountain completely or they may stop and require that your chains be installed. Note that there are workers there who will install them for a $45 fee. You may not be able to drive up unless you have a four-wheel drive vehicle and chains. The roads may be closed, period, with only emergency vehicle access.
Know Before You Go!
It is your responsibility to know and prepare for all road conditions and restrictions in advance. And, please... be courteous to California Highway Patrol and CalTrans workers - they are there to keep you and everyone else on the road SAFE! Before you leave home, know the road conditions and weather! Always, always allow at least 2-3 extra hours during inclement weather on the mountain for travel. Be patient, go slow and do not tailgate!
Visit the following commuter websites for current road conditions, weather and driving restrictions:
Commuter Alerts - Highway 18, Highway 38 and Highway 330:
Current Traffic Conditions:
CalTrans Repairs and Maintenance:
Emergencies - Dial 911
Sheriff (non-emergencies) 909-866-0100
Fire Department (non-emergencies) 909-866-7566
24-Hour Snow Removal Hotline - 909-752-2830
Getting Around Town on the Mountain
Avoid the Boulevard traffic - Use Mountain Transit Bus. Shuttles, Trolley: