For a relaxing lakeside bike ride connecting multiple parks and passing through trees, not traffic, head to Big Bear’s quieter north shore for a roll on the Alpine Pedal Path. But first, pick up a TAB (a tasty turkey, avocado, and bacon sandwich) at Grizzly’s Bear Belly Deli & Café and toss it in your backpack. Then jump on your two-wheeler for a 3.5-mile round-trip exploration with lakefront picnic areas. Ride just a few feet from the lake among Jeffrey pines, keeping an eye out for elusive bald eagles (mostly seen during spring and winter). Keep coasting to Juniper Point, one of two picnic areas and a popular spot for fishing. Continue across Big Meadow, a pristine grassy open space perched in postcard perfection above the lake. Turn left at North Shore Lane and drop into Meadow’s Edge Picnic Area where dozens of tables are spaced across the shore, including some that offer shade. Break out your sandwich and enjoy lakefront dining that doesn’t break the budget. Return the way you came. Lap it up!
TIP: No bike? Rent one at Chains Required (41869 Big Bear Boulevard at the intersection of Summit Boulevard).
Grizzly’s Bear Belly Deli is located at 42530 Moonridge Rd., 2.5 miles south of Big Bear Blvd. Alpine Pedal Path is located on the northeast side of Big Bear Lake. From town, drive or bike east on Big Bear Blvd. to Stanfield Cutoff. Cross the bridge and look for the big sign on the left marking the start of the trail. There is parking on both sides of the road. Dog-friendly!