Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 433 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.

hiking
7 days 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!

15 days ago

Real short hike with an awesome view of Big Bear Lake

hiking
16 days 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
22 days ago

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

23 days ago

Great!!!

hiking
27 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Lots of rocks, lots of views. Pretty stuff

1 month ago

Great hike for families. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Great little hike lots of people an dogs though

3 months ago

great family trail!

3 months ago

Steep hike and not great signage. But perfect distance.

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