Champion Lodgepole via Castle Rock Trail is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Big Bear Lake, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Sylvan stream, Lush meadow, World's biggest lodgepole, 'Bonanza' boulders If you have more than an hour and at least a half a day - this is the hike to take in Big Bear. Be sure before crossing into Bluff Lake Preserve you contact and get permission from The Wildlands Conservancy (909) 797-8507, there are rare plants and meadows here, be careful where you tread. I would suggest getting permission, because this area is beautiful and worth your trip through. Otherwise you have to follow the road a little farther, but not much. It is really easy to get to the Champion Lodgepole this way. It is over 450 years old and 110 feet tall, a real rarity for this variety of pine. You will be amazed at how much this entire area feels and looks like the Sierras, you will want to come back. And, please stay out of the fragile meadows.
This trail was awesome! once you get to Castle Rock, definitely spend some time there and if possible, rock climb to the highest point to get a beautiful view of big bear lake. we would have been able to get done faster if it wasn't for all the ice on the trail. it made it very difficult to walk through the trail.
tip: once you get to the old highway and veer right to bluff lake, you're going to hit a fork in the road. make sure to head left at the fork to head towards the lake more directly and to the abandoned cabin. there will be a sign that says "locked gate ahead". that means you're heading in the right direction.
Love this trail. Great for kids and beautiful in the Fall.
OMG great Hike
One of my favorite hikes. The meadows are beautiful and if you make it in October, all the ferns are a golden yellow color.
It's a perfect balance of trees and rock. You'll enjoy it.
easy trail with beautiful lush green meadows. nice sunset hike and even had a bear cub encounter.
Great views, beautiful lake. Does cross/run along a dirt road near Bluff Lake Reserve, and trail splits quite a bit near Castle Rocks, so just be prepared for some route-finding! Definitely worth it though.
One of the shortest trails I've done in a while. It starts out steep then levels off. I made a loop going right on 2N85 then left on 2N86, to Champion Lodgepole Pine then around Bluff lake. I also came across an old cabin before meeting back up with the original trail. I did 5.34 miles total and my navigation skills came into play on this network of trails so I highly recommend a map and compass. Overall this was a great hike, we'll worth the effort.