Getting there & away
Big Bear is on Hwy 18, which heads north of Hwy 30 in San Bernardino. A quicker approach is via Hwy 330, which starts in Highland and intersects with Hwy 18 in Running Springs. If you don’t like serpentine mountain roads, pick up Hwy 38 near Redlands, which is longer but easier on the queasy.
Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority(Marta; 909-878-5200; www.marta.cc) buses connect Big Bear with the Greyhound bus station in San Bernardino ($5). On weekends and holidays, it also operates a trolleyaround town (single ride/day pass $1/3).