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Head To The Southern California Mountains For A Summer Of Fun

Summit-Park-Rider Mountain bikers fly down SoCal mountains as summer brings beckon all the MTBers to come up from down below. (Summit Park/Facebook)

Within a couple of hours' drive, you can find five resorts that convert their winter terrain into a summer funfest amidst the San Bernadino Mountains. Here's a look at what's up there.

Closest to the Los Angeles Basin, Mountain High goes all-in for disc golf. The 27-hole layout sits at the highest elevation of any course in California, winding through massive Ponderosa pine on a 2-1/2 mile route through the national forest. Open 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 8 to 8 on Saturdays; and 8 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

About 55 miles from Los Angeles, Mt. Baldy offers overnight options. A weekend tent cabin rental includes a lift ticket, a dinner, breakfast, and a zipline ride. On full moons, this summer, book a lift ride for viewing from 7,800 feet -- and have dinner included.

Open Friday-Monday, Snow Valley is a hiker's and biker's prime destination in SoCal. Just 85 miles from downtown, >MTB downhill trails beckon off the 7,600-foot summit. Or the 5-mile, expert Exploration Trail is a short shuttle drive from the base area. Hikers can find tracks from anywhere on the mountain, lift-accessed or hoofin' it.

The Big Bear Lake region is home to two of SoCal's favorite resort destination. Snow Summit hosts the renowned Summit Park Park, one of the leading MTB locales in the country. Some 19 miles of downhill trails link into 60+ miles of X-C. Class I E-bikes can ride a limited terrain. A "base camp" has all the prerequisite summer features: zipline, climbing wall, pump track, bungee, and hiking access.

At neighboring Big Bear Mountain, the focus is on golf. the par-35 nine-holer rolls around the base area of the ski and snowboard resort. Drives go farther at 7,000 feet, and the tee "tips" play at nearly 2,800 yards. Driving range, pitching areas, and putting greens help hone your game, and food and beer await at the 19th hole grille.

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