Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 134 reviews

Castle Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, CA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.7 miles 858 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

rocky

scramble

snow

Castle Rock trail begins 1.1 miles east of the dam on Hwy 18.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice short easy hike. The trail is marked by signs and yellow arrows as stated below. It has a lot of natural "stairs" and is rocky ( obviously :) ) The only difficult and frustrating thing about this place is there is no parking, so you have to park at a turnout. And that the sign showing where the trail head it is small and hidden by a bigger green miles sign. The map showing its location is accurate. Went on Black Friday. Very cold, but very beautiful

17 days ago

Super fun trail. Beautiful view of Big Bear lake.

hiking
18 days ago

This is a great easy hike for kids or beginners. This only took about an hour round trip with taking some time at the top of the rock you have to climb up to. It is great to see the locals and others cleaning up trash on this trail on the weekends as well. Remember to pack out what you pack in!

19 days ago

22 days ago

Really nice day hike. It only took me a couple of hours, and the views are really pretty. Good workout, especially at first. Wasn't too crowded on a Thursday and I didn't have any trouble staying on the trail, as there are little yellow signs here and there on trees. Definitely recommend!

hiking
27 days ago

27 days ago

Awesome views at the top!!

hiking
1 month ago

Was a great hike. Quick up and down and if you couldn't a little the top view is awesome!!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite local trails. Amazing view of the lake. If you're like my girlfriend and I, and prefer more nature and less people, then you will want to go early morning during the week if possible. Definitely a nice leg workout. It's steep but not a long hike. Great big boulders to climb on at the top. Parking is terrible, need to squeeze in by the trail head or on the side of the road down the street. Adventure/forest pass required. Dog friendly

2 months ago

Great easy hike for the family! My girlfriend and I loved it as well as our dog Jax. Amazing views of BB lake!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail. were definitely doing this trail again. As a matter of fact, were going back on Sunday because we were not able to complete our trail. It began to rain on us, but my family still had a great time. Beautiful views and a nice healthy hike. Stay tuned for another, more complete review coming soon...

2 months ago

It had beautiful views and it was moderate enough to give you a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Fair amount of traffic on a Thursday morning in September. Loose gravel makes footing less steady in some sections. Steep initially. Parking for only a few cars. Good views over the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Castle Rock boasts a pretty great view. But it runs short on available parking at the trail head. This is due to there being no parking lot at the trail head. You need to park, either, in turn outs at the trail head or at the nearby Boulder Bay Park. There is also some parking located at the Big Bear Dam, but that's just over a mile away.

Overall, the inconvenience of parking is absolutely worth the view that you get and experience of doing some light rock climbing!

hiking
2 months ago

Get there early (before 9) to avoid serious crowds. Short but strenuous hike with solid views.

3 months ago

Nice trail, but the impact of overuse is very apparent. Great views at the top, and a very quick hike. A lot of litter in the boulders at the top, pack your trash out folks!

3 months ago

Very fun and easy, great views.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful hike, steep but short, view. I loved the giant boulders. Street parking is hard during busy times