Explore the best trails near Big Bear Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
I hiked this at 6:30am in the middle of winter and found the sunrise at the top at 7am in all of it's pink and purple glory. You can see the surrounding mountains and the lake if you are okay with a moderate rock scramble. There was no one else on the trail. Would absolutely recommend it for beginner and confident hikers alike just for the sheer majesty of the snow on the trees and it's accessibility. You could be up and back in 45 minutes if you are determined.
Amazing trail! We did it Christmas Day with my dog! The trail had about two feet of snow on it, so really it looked like there was no trail! We followed footprints until there were no more, but we did not make it to the top! Definitely a good workout with all the snow! Amazing views though and my dog loved it!
The only bad thing is the parking! We parked in a neighborhood illegally down the road!
Would definitely recommend this trail and will try it again!
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.
H.L. G. on Castle Rock Trail
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
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!
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!