Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 451 reviews

Castle Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
757 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

scramble

snow

Castle Rock trail begins 1.1 miles east of the dam on Hwy 18.

4 days ago

This is an awesome trail great all year round. Beautiful scenery of the lake. Amazing during the snow. Parking is a bit of hassle, but it’s well worth it once you find parking.

hiking
7 days ago

Parking is an issue because this trail is very popular and you have to park in a turn out, which depending on the time/day you go will most likely be full. I went on a Saturday around 10 am and there were so many people hiking this trail it was a bit overwhelming. If your intention is to simply reach the view then the hike is short are relatively easy, it is fairly steep but not for long. If you are continuing the hike there are more trails to do so.
We had to wait about 15-20 minutes to get a chance to take a photo on the rock with the best view of the lake, but it was totally worth it the view is amazing and we got some pretty cool pictures.

hiking
12 days ago

1. Parking: To park you need to pull into a turn out off the highway. There are about 6 spots or more depending on how people park. Some people also park right off the highway. You have to cross the highway to make it to the trailhead. We arrived at 9:00 am and found parking without a problem.

2. People: There are a lot of people on this hike. There are many families and people with dogs. People seem to be responsible about picking up dog poop and keeping them on leashes.

3. The trail: The trail is a bit steep in the beginning and was tough for me with my asthma. It lightens up a bit. In the beginning there are clear signs and then there are contradictory arrows making the trail difficult to follow. We ended at a dead end. We asked four separate groups where the trail went and no one knew. Everyone we saw was lost. People begin to wander off the trail which is still nice because it is scenic and there are tons of photo opportunities.

Overall it's a nice hike. You get great views and there are many boulders to climb for cool photos. It's a busy busy trail so if you are looking for a peaceful hike this is not for you. To be fair, we went on a Saturday.

Happy hiking!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Quick hike, had a great time, especially taking in the view and climbing on the rocks along the trail. Early Jan, not much snow quite yet!

1 month ago

Real short hike with an awesome view of Big Bear Lake

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail-- a good challenge-and-reward for kiddo's, scrambling up the final rocks to get that view of the lake is a must! Went in December and no snow and caught a pretty sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! The view on top of Castle Rock is amazing.

1 month ago

Great!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate trail with a good, rewarding view at the end! I'd do it again when I go back to big bear.

2 months ago

Super fun hike! A little challenging in the beginning but it gets easier as you go, perfect for families!

2 months ago

Great views! Initial climb not as bad as expected, leads to some amazing forest views and rock structures.

2 months ago

Lots of rocks, lots of views. Pretty stuff

2 months ago

Great hike for families. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

The start of this trail up to Castle Rock itself is pretty intense. From the trailhead you go pretty much straight up. As a guy that's a beginner hiker with asthma, I struggled a bit. After taking my time I made it of course. Beautiful views of the lake from the rocks and fun to climb around on them too. Makes for great pictures!

hiking
3 months ago

It was a great hike. The information center told us that this hike leads to Bluff Lake Reserve. But my friends and I have no sense of directions therefore we stopped at the rocks place. It was great to climb up and down on the rocks. The view is wonderful.

the only thing i didn't like about the hike is that there's not much direction. But overall, the trail is really good and give a really good view of the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

The Trail Is Good. And Castle Rocks will give you a really good view of the Lake and The City Down Below. It Can get pretty crowded with tourists on weekends especially during the busy season. BUT keep hiking and bring enough food and water for lunch and the trail keeps going to The Bluff Lake Reserve and Even Further.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. Fairly steep to the Castle Rock; amazing views of the lake when you dare bouldering up the rocks. Trail continues on through nice boulder patches and to the top, from here you can continue on to various hikes: champion pinelodge, seberia creek, and bluff lake reserve.

hiking
4 months ago

I would consider it on the easy side and not the moderate. Would need a bit more rocks or climbing.

4 months ago

So much fun!!! Great if you enjoy boulder climbing too!

hiking
4 months ago

The view from the top is worth 2.7 miles up! The first mile and a half was a heart pumping challenge, but was balanced with beautiful sites all the way up.

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