For an over-the-top outdoor experience, take flight on a zip wire near Big Bear Lake. You’ll fly as high as 25 metres above the forest floor—the sweeping views of the snowy scenery are unbeatable as you slice through the brisk mountain air. The year-round safari-style ride offered by Action Zipline Tours lets you clip in and zoom along nine separate wires ranging from 36 to 55 metres. The longer you spend speeding down the wire, the faster you go, so that by the time you clip in to the longest wire, you’ll (safely) be reaching speeds of up to 72 kilometres per hour! The zip wires operated by Action Zipline Tours are the only zip wires built that meet San Bernardino County Building and Safety codes and are certified by the state of California, so you can join in the fun knowing that safety is the top priority.
By the end of your three-hour adventure, you’ll be a zip-wiring pro. You’ll also get an extra boost of adrenaline crossing an above-it-all suspension bridge, testing your agility and balance while strapped into a safety harness. All equipment and instruction is provided as well as an off-road ride in the Action Zipline Tours safari vehicle to the site, which is located two miles into the forest. Weather conditions have to be right for zip-wiring, so make sure you book in advance, and visit their website for details on what to wear and height, weight and age requirements.
Another option: the Soaring Eagle, an amusement-style two-at-a-time ride that starts at the base of the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain. After settling into your gondola-like seats, you’ll be towed upwards and backwards 152 metres to reach a height of 30 metres before being catapulted forward on an arc that will make you feel like you are soaring over Big Bear Lake.
With its inviting destinations and uncrowded wilderness, this region feels like an insider’s secret amid the bustling excitement of Southern California.
Mount San Gorgonio—nicknamed “Old Grayback”—is the tallest peak in Southern California, at 11,502 feet/3,506 metres.
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