Excellent report and pics Shlep.
I'm with the second group which wasn't included in your report. I have some pics and will be posting them when I get home tonight.
Big Bear was the place to be last weekend. It was 105F at my house, when it was a cool 70F up there and freezing 40F in the middle of the night.
Since I rode up Friday night, only able to do the Sat ride, but manage to do a full day of riding on Sunday not by choice. Rich and I got lost on the way home, instead of doing a 15 mile short cut, we ended up discovering a nice trail 30 miles long. We were more concerned about our safety than having fun, it was hot, not sure how far our gas will last, and we didn't know how to get out of that place until a jeep showed up and gave us some directions.