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There are three routes to and from Big Bear. 18-330 front grade, 38 over onyx & 18 to Lucerne Valley

SNOW PLAY ON OR NEAR ROADWAYS IS VERY DANGEROUS – DON’T DO IT! – DON’T RISK IT!

Expect slow moving weekend and snow related traffic.

State Route 18 (Big Bear Lake to Running Springs)
OPEN – Chains Required – R2 

State Route 330 (Highland to Running Springs)
Open  – Chains Required – R2

State Route 18 (Big Bear Lake to Big Bear Dam)
Open  –  Chains Required – R2

State Route 38 (Big Bear City to Redlands)
OPEN – Chains Required – R2

State Route 18 (Big Bear City to Lucerne Valley)
Open  –  Chains Required – R2

Other Highways in the Big Bear Valley
Big Bear Blvd . Chains Required – R2



Always carry chains for travel during winter months.

Caltrans Chain Control Requirement Levels:

R-0: No Restrictions
R-1: Chains or snow tread tires required. Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32″ with an M&S imprint on the tire’s sidewall.
R-2: Chains required on all vehicles, except four-wheel drives or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. Four-wheel drives must carry chains in the vehicle. If you have four-wheel drive, engage it. Use 4-Low only if your vehicle becomes stuck.
R-3: Chains required on all vehicles, no exceptions.

IT’S THE LAW: Carry tire chains at all times during winter travel in the mountains!

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Big Bear Area Road Conditions