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Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 858 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

off trail

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

hiking
icy
off trail
private property
rocky
snow
14 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Bring crampons to venture further

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Bring crampons w/ you.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
2 months 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
2 months ago

This is a good trail, beautiful & steep.

hiking
2 months 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!

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bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail nice views to the lake

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bugs
rocky
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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washed out
3 months 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!

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