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trail running
2 days ago

Nice hike. More easy than moderate. Many people seen wearing only very simple shoes. Than it can't be very difficult. Great views but the lake disappointed a little.

I love this....

Great trail, well constructed and maintained. A push for this 71 yr old

Fun hike, great views.

A nice hike with family. Had fun climbing on the rocks!

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. Runs along the road. Parked across from Camp site #2 just off the Rim of the World

Great hike, took the entire family, lots of shade

A challenging and rewarding trail.

Beautiful view once you get to the top!

off road driving
14 days ago

Super easy trail. Don’t even need 4wd. Just a standard truck with decent ground clearance can make it through if you keep the momentum going on the longer rocky parts.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful forest hike. View is spectacular but it needs to be very clear to see the ocean and Catalina. Nice view of San Gorgonio peak. Went at 6am to avoid the mountain bikers.

off road driving
16 days ago

Very easy trail with nice views. 4wd not necessary.

Cool trail and very peaceful but we were surprised that the grand view point at the end actually faces away from the lake. Was a lot of work (3.3m)! .5 mile or so into the trail has the lake views, we didn’t realize that from all the pictures and assumed they were of the end!

Great hike! Packed my lunch and took a break just before getting to the top. Lots of shade so it’s a comfortable hike in the summer heat.

hiking
22 days ago

This one is a great family hike. Very kid friendly. Incline is not bad at all and trail is well traveled.

23 days ago

Great views from the top and how cool that the lookout is open to the public. The path reflected on this recording is definitely not the smartest route to take. It goes off course completely towards the top. If you stick to the road, it’s much simpler. All depends what you want to see....

Best hike in the area

Nice hike great views

24 days ago

Great hike! You do get winded going up so be sure to go slow and take a break. Once at Castle Rock, the views are awesome! We had intentions of hiking to Bluff Lake Reserve as another reviewer recommended but we couldn’t find it. So we explored more around the area and that was fun.
We were able to park right at the trail head, arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday. By the time we headed out, 2hrs later, there were a lot more people on the trail. I suggest you start early.

off road driving
24 days ago

Awesome trail for beginners! Made it up no problem with stock 4x4 4Runner with all terrain tires. The volunteer at the tower said rains from a couple weeks ago rutted our the trail more than usual. Great viewpoints and so glad we checked it out while in big bear. Trail can get tight and by all the reviews seems it is pretty popular. Luckily we didn’t see one person going either way on a early Friday morning.

Great trail with great views! Also take it slow around the sharp turns since it gets pretty narrow

This is a great trail, with lots of shade along most of the route and loads of beautiful vistas. Take a lunch and have a meal at Grand View Point before heading back down.

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike!!! Not to steep. Terrain was a little rocky.

good hike with great views from the peak. very steep near the top. my dog also liked it.

Lovely trail. Fantastic views

Lovely trail

The view is a valley..for such a harder trail. Shade and peaceful on the way though

Nice but more of a road than a trail for the majority of the distance. Not terribly well marked and easy to get off on an alternate route. The last 1/4 to 1/2 mike is very steep.

Hard but was a good trail beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike great views , dont miss the lake in the end.

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