Champion Lodgepole via Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Champion Lodgepole via Castle Rock Trail is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Big Bear Lake, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

Sylvan stream, Lush meadow, World's biggest lodgepole, 'Bonanza' boulders. If you have more than an hour and at least a half a day - this is the hike to take in Big Bear. Be sure before crossing into Bluff Lake Preserve you contact and get permission from The Wildlands Conservancy (909) 797-8507 - there are rare plants and meadows here, be careful where you tread. It is really easy to get to the Champion Lodgepole. It is over 450 years old and 110 feet tall, a real rarity for this variety of pine.

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6 months ago

This trail was awesome! once you get to Castle Rock, definitely spend some time there and if possible, rock climb to the highest point to get a beautiful view of big bear lake. we would have been able to get done faster if it wasn't for all the ice on the trail. it made it very difficult to walk through the trail.

tip: once you get to the old highway and veer right to bluff lake, you're going to hit a fork in the road. make sure to head left at the fork to head towards the lake more directly and to the abandoned cabin. there will be a sign that says "locked gate ahead". that means you're heading in the right direction.

7 months ago

Love this trail. Great for kids and beautiful in the Fall.

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9 months ago

OMG great Hike

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10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. The meadows are beautiful and if you make it in October, all the ferns are a golden yellow color.
It's a perfect balance of trees and rock. You'll enjoy it.

hiking
11 months ago

easy trail with beautiful lush green meadows. nice sunset hike and even had a bear cub encounter.

11 months ago

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Great views, beautiful lake. Does cross/run along a dirt road near Bluff Lake Reserve, and trail splits quite a bit near Castle Rocks, so just be prepared for some route-finding! Definitely worth it though.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012