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Such a great trail! It has a very slight incline all the way up, so it is perfect for everyone. Out & back it was just under 6 miles. There was a lot of people on the trail in the beginning, but once you walk about 2 miles you won’t see many hikers. Make sure you bring a camera, there are gorgeous views along the way. Parking is easy as well, you do not need to pay or have an adventure pass. Very dog friendly too.

hiking
11 days ago

Fantastic trail. Did it with snow coming down. Has a good view of the lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing view

Gotta find the sweet spot to take a photo worthy picture but it’s was a good hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Hike was great, trail was really easy.
Luckily there was a lot of areas with snow, areas to rest, areas to take good photos.
Good view of the south side of the lake, could see the mountain, which looked amazing with snow.

hiking
21 days ago

I have been wanting to do this hike for quite some time now, we got the chance to do it over the thanksgiving holiday, and when we got to the top my boyfriend proposed! This is a fun little hike with AMAZING views of Big Bear and the lake. Only compliant is it was very heavily trafficked, but it was a holiday weekend.

hiking
23 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Fresh powder made it magical, and even though it got a little icy and muddy on the way down, it was doable. My dog loved it so much and frolicked in the fresh snow endlessly. Bring water and a snack, take your time and enjoy the views! If you get there earlier, you get to enjoy it pretty much alone. After 12pm you’re definitely not.

Love this hike. This trail takes you to Bertha Peak. Definitely worth doing if you are in the area.
the last half mile is the hardest with some tough elevation changes.

Overall great trail. The fire road to the trail head was closed for the winter season right off rt38 so the first mile or so to the trail head is a flat gravel road. Would have liked to do a little off-roading in the jeep! For good reasons tho there was plenty of packed snow and ice about .5 miles on the fire road. Once at the trailhead the entire hike was packed snow and ice at this point. Glad I brought microspikes! Didn’t see a single person out there but I had my dog and a friends dog with me and they loved it. Only hiked about halfway up the trail it was pretty tough in the snow and didn’t wanna push the dogs too hard in the deep snow. I’ll be back to do this trail to the summit come spring when the fire road is open to the trailhead and there’s less snow on the ground.

We tried this trail today and just after the entrance, we encountered the famous steep hill filled with slippery ice, steep enough to make you fall down and slide down. We tried to grab on to branches and rocks but failed miserably. Other two groups tried it as well and couldn't make it past the ice either. This was just the entrance and the trail is supposed to be steep in the first mile.

The trailhead is barely noticeable with a small sign and there's no parking around except on a small curve on the right side coming from Big Bear before getting to the trail. Be sure to buy the Forest Adventure pass before parking.
The terrain around was nice with snow and light hills we explored a bit, made a small snowball fight... but we couldn't go to the trail.

Conclusion: Maybe don't go in winter unless you have steel crampons and a LOT of energy. I'll try again in spring.

great spot to visit when there is snow. There was a lot of spots for sledding

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! What a workout this was. This was my first legit hike after coming into town I thought I was going to die on the way up (I’m being extra dramatic) but it was amazing and well worth the cardio!!! The view was phenomenal!! Definitely a must do!!

hiking
1 month ago

I needed my hiking sticks for this hike. Be sure to climb the big rocks at the top. There’s a rope to help get up...the view from the top of the rocks

hiking
1 month ago

fun but challenging trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy trail for off road. The hike to the top of the watching tower was great.

https://instagram.com/p/BqYNDFiHYEU/

on Grays Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with my son (11) and two dogs. I thought the phrase "Are we there yet?' was limited to road trip, guess not. This trail is on the easy side of moderate. Nice clearly marked trail with steady inclines. The trail is also a favorite with trail runners.

we did the hike in 3 hours 15 minutes round trip ages 8 to 56, 11 people was a great day a coulpe Marines an Army RANGER and Family's all in all good day RLTW

What a nice hike. Beautiful view and autumn all over. Trail is well maintained and easy going out and back.

Beautiful hike with a awesome view of the lake. Well maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail

great hike, I love idlewild

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike today! Perfect weather since there isn't much shade. Our Runtastic app did say that it was about 8.1 miles total though...not 6.4. Not sure where the discrepancy lies but it was excellent!

on Castle Rock Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike with the High Desert Hiking Group. Took my two dogs. Trail starts out with a rocky steep incline to Castle Rock (good work out). We stopped at Castle Rock. Very nice view of the lake. After the stop, I continued the trail to 2N10. Another nice incline surrounded by Pine Trees. By the time I returned there were people everywhere.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is closed 11/12-11/15 for filming

Don’t be misled by the short distance. It’s a steep uphill climb...sometimes up to 35 degree incline...steep all the way and rocky. It’s not too bad cuz it’s short, but it’s a nice little challenging hike.

Accidentally took this. Thinking it was s different way back from crystal mountain. Not too crazy about fire road hikes...but nice views at the top.

We did several trails this weekend. This and Bertha peak are pretty close to each other. I think this is harder than Bertha. It’s a pretty lengthy steep climb for about the second half going up. I got pretty winded. Still a great hike. I had done it once before and will do it again. Great view from the top.

We took a wrong turn and turned it into an 8.2 miler...but still I think 6.8 is short. I think it’s more like 7.5.
Great hike. Very easy until the last mile which is a very steep uphill climb on a fire road. Beautiful view from the top.
For me, even though it’s longer, it seemed easier than the Gray’s Peak trail.

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