my family hiked around Bluff lake and found Ranger Charlie. We learned about the history and saw the 440 year old Champion lodge pole. We drove into parking lot and did not hike from Big bear Blvd. we came to see the preserve. it was amazing in June.
Sweet smooth hike, not sure how this rated as moderate no steep inclines or rocky trails. Nice marked trails with plenty of small wildlife to keep you company. We hiked this trail with two little kids 3 yr and 7 yr old they did great and had fun. We went past the lodge pole for a while to see more and came around the bend to a Black Bear chillin against the tree who didn't care about us and we let him be. Had two bucks jump the road in front of us as we drove out as well. Nice days great memories.
Loved loved loved this trail! The road to get there is pretty rough so we actually parked the car (use adventure pass!) and walked down to the trail head. It was the middle of the week when we went, so the road and trail was completely empty. Very relaxing and beautiful. Thumbs up!