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Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 843 reviews

Castle Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that offers the chance to see wildlife 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: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 833 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

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

hiking
snow
11 days ago

Hiked the first snow of the season- it was a lot of fun, recommend snow crampons or poles, as the snow is slippery on the steeps. The views were amazing of Big Bear Lake and bolder hopping was fun! I would love to go back in the spring and venture further to Bluff lake or maybe try snow camping. So many options! Dog friendly! Great vibe!

hiking
19 days ago

This is a good trail, beautiful & steep.

hiking
24 days ago

Very fun trail! It was steep and we climbed up boulders to get to the top. I would definitely suggest this hike. I definitely need to get in better shape, but other than that it was beautiful views once you get to the top!

hiking
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Pretty trail, though very rugged and crowded. Big Bear High was having a field trip and these screaming kids were a bit annoying, but the view of the lake from the top of Castle Rock was breathtaking. Definitely worth the rock climbing.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Fun trail. Steep-ish section at first but gets easier after a couple minutes. Lots of rocks in the area to climb on and scramble up. Felt like a boulder playground. Fun to climb to the top rocks and great views up there. We brought sandwiches and ate them at the top and made for a great lunch. Hike back down was fast and downhill.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail nice views to the lake

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Pretty steep but gorgeous. Would recommend this hike, as there are some good views within 20 minutes of walking. Seems to be child friendly and pet friendly. People parked on the road all around the start of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Highly recommend going around the Bluff Lake Reserve loop a short distance beyond the Castle Rock Trail. The lake loop was absolutely beautiful during mid October.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Hiked this trail during FALL and the short hike was absolutely worth it. Fall foliage was seen right from the beginning of the trail. At the end - bouldering up the castle rock was fun, views of Big Bear lake from the top are awe-inspiring. Highly recommend carrying gloves!

hiking
1 month ago

it's a good workout even though the whole trail in and is only almost 3 miles. Lot of rock climbing but it's well worth it at the end.

Pretty view of the lake. Not super difficult. Went on Monday and saw only a handful of people.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

attempted this trail with my mom and 3 young boys. they enjoyed it very much. many steps throughout the way. beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike enjoyed it and the up hill climb.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike numerous side trails easy to get lost but most end up at castle Rock. We continued up to Bluff Lake which is well worth the extra mile.

hiking
2 months ago

Great view. Well worth it. The trail we came down on on the west side was a little sketchy.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Fun trail but poorly marked. Rock scramble required to get all the way to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail but there should be a category for moderate to hard! Definitely not a trail for sissies! Lots of side trails to throw you off. Initially the trail is well marked. Later not so much. Thankful for the many friendly hikers who pointed the way! The views were worth the trek. Being out in nature was exhilarating!

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Took my 10 month old lab up to the top tower of the castle today. Great hike, uphill the whole way, don’t be intimidated by the initial incline. There are a few places where I had to help 45 pound puppy up and over rocks. Pup was wearing her booties with rubber bottoms today, I highly recommend some coverage for tender paws on this trail. Lots of large rocks and granite gravel. Intermittent shade in the forest, exposed on top. 70° and sunny. ** my recording is a little off, we went off trail for a bit, double checked all trails and discovered I wasn’t recording, started recording off trail on the way back down.

recorded Castle Rock Trail

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Great hike. Good moderate effort going up and down. The scramble was more difficult but doable for most.

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