Beautiful hike! Fairly easy, not too much altitude gain. We started from Aspen Glen Picnic area and then hiked to Grand View Point on the Pine Knot trail. From there we went along the Skyline Trail. Beautiful the whole way. Amazing views in every direction. We then took Camp Osito Rd to the Cabin trail back to Aspen Glen. Long hike but well worth it!
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!
Low traffic on a sunny Tuesday morning at the end of summer. Pleasant breeze. Good amount of shade. Moderate rating due to altitude gain only, otherwise not challenging. Few sections rocky ground, otherwise fairly even walking. Wildlife (saw deer), lovely scenery. No bugs or poison oak. Ticks all the boxes for me! Reminds you why you love to hike in CA...
Bill S. on Castle Rock Trail
Get there early (before 9) to avoid serious crowds. Short but strenuous hike with solid views.
Bill S. on Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point
Grandview was ok - better views along the way. Good length and a good workout. Definitely recommend for any hiker looking for a nice hike.
great trail, keep an eye and ear out for bikers (who were all great with trail etiquette). the variety of incline and decline on this trail really made for a nice cardio and muscle interval hike! took me about 2.5 hours. bring lots of water!! my camelbak was dry halfway back to the parking lot. enjoy!!
We had perfect weather conditions with some clouds and a high temp of 80. It's a long hike but we made it to Grandview, which was totally worth it. The trail itself is well maintained and easy to follow. My dog went with us and he did fine. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks. Enjoy!