Rim of the World Scenic Byway: San Bernardino to Redlands Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"An eighty-seven-mile-long, open-loop drive that climbs from San Bernardino to the forested crest of the San Bernardino Mountains, winds along the mountain rim to the resort town of Big Bear Lake, and drops down through thick forests and deep canyons to Redlands. The Rim of the World Scenic Drive follows California highways 18 and 38 and travels eight-seven miles from San Bernardino to the Mill Creek Ranger Station on the east side of Redlands. The road, a National Scenic Byway, traverses the forested crest of the San Bernardino Mountains, southern California’s highest mountain range, and offers spectacular views of surrounding ranges and the Los Angeles Basin below. The drive passes several resort communities, notably Big Bear Lake, five ski areas, and 59,000-acre San Gorgonio Wilderness Area with 11,499-foot San Gorgonio Mountain, southern California’s tallest peak. Elevations along the drive vary from just over 1,000 feet at San Bernardino to over 8,000 feet, offering a diverse range of temperatures and climates. Special attractions: Rim of the World Scenic Byway, San Bernardino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, San Gorgonio Wilderness Area, San Andreas Rift Zone, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, scenic views, skiing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."