This run drops down 2,500 feet before climbing 3,000 feet back up to the South Ridge of Big Bear. It is a minimum of 17 miles to get back to the village from the start. We will have our CarboPro aid station at mile 10 and can do a drop at Aspen Glen Picnic area for those wanting to run the entire last 50k.
Meetup for Carpool Location (get a ride from Big Bear to Snow Valley): https://goo.gl/maps/mqWupDMzwKw
Time: 6AM - (carpool leaves by 6:15AM)
Meet at Snow Valley (run start): https://goo.gl/maps/raDVfBgDTpr
Run Start Time: 7AM
Caltopo Map of Route: https://caltopo.com/m/MD3L
Written Description: Meet in the The Village at the Bartlett Parking lot to carpool to the start or meet at Snow Valley Ski Resort where we will start the run. This is a point to point run so if you decide to drive to the start make sure you have a plan to get back to your car. For this run we will head through the infamous Siberia Creek Canyon and then across Skyline Trail and down to the Big Bear Village. Our CarboPro Aid Station will be set up at the Champion Lodgepole Pine trailhead which is mile 11 of the run and after you complete The Canyon section. We have a few different distance options planned from there to get you back to the village.
Standard Route - 20 miles and 4,000ft of climbing. After the aid station, continue out on road 2N11 and take a right on Skyline Drive and then another right onto Skyline Trail. Follow Skyline Trail to Grandview Point, exit the trail and cross Skyline Road to join with Pine Knot Trail. Take this trail to the junction of Knickerbocker road, turn right and follow back to the village.
Shorter - After the canyon you can make a left onto Skyline Road and follow this all the way back down to pavement. Make a right on Mill Creek Rd and another right on Big Bear Blvd to get back to the Village. This will knock off a couple of miles and almost 500’ of climbing.
Longer - Continue along Skyline Trail past Grandview Point to Coyote Rd. Jump off the trail and take Coyote down to Knickerbocker, turn right and head to the village. This adds another 4 miles on Skyline Trail and a few more climbs. You could also continue a little further on Skyline to Radford Rd, and make a u-turn onto Skyline rd, then head back up to Coyote and down to the village adding another 4 miles. OR you could just run the whole Back 50k! If anyone is interested in this let us know and we will do a water drop at Aspen Glen Picnic area for you!
We will keep the aid station open until Noon.
Post run lunch gathering will be directly after on the patio at Nottingham’s!
If you are looking for a place to stay please visit our sponsors at BigBear.com and make sure to mention Kodiak when booking! There is also abundant free camping in the forest all around Big Bear Lake.
See you there!