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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
16 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
20 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.

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.

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

Beautiful scenery and lightly trafficked well marked trail with some steep incline but mostly gradual ascent. Great mountain and valley views at destination make for great photos. This is a wonderful hike and worth the drive for a day trip.

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.

Amazing views! Took Cabin trail back down

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

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail

great hike, I love idlewild

really challenging for a beginner. most of it is uphill

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!

Beautiful day to hike! There were a few scenic spots to stop and enjoy the view. The trail wasn't very difficult and was perfect amount of traffic getting to the trail head at 10:00a.

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.

great hike and steady up hill hike definitely worth the hike! dog friendly. better to go early morning when it's not to busy.

Ok, I blasted another hiker with bear spray on this trail today. I don't know if you (hiker) will ever use this app but if you ever do, you will know this is your unique experience on this trail and this msg is for you. I'm so sorry! I had just tested my can as it had been in storage and had not yet replaced the safety. My finger was still on the trigger when you approached around that blind corner. I apologize immensely! BTW, since you didn't know what it was that I sprayed when I yelled "hold your breath and run down", you might look into carrying some on future hikes since you were alone and making no noise. Again, I'm really sorry I blasted you. At least you were almost to the end of the trail. :0

Trail was beautiful and somewhat challenging. Excellent views and sometimes a bit mysterious as there are a lot of bends in the trail. Great trail for experienced mountain bikers too. I'll do it again for sure.

Sorry again to the lady I bear maced...

Cougar Crest trail was closed so I decided to take this trail and had a great time. It’s not to steep and would probably be great for a family with kids.

It took me an hour and a half to get up and 45 minutes down but I’m probably an above average hiker when it comes to speed. 4 hours set aside would probably be best especially if you want to take it the amazing view about 500 feet after the sign for the Point.

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.

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