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Emily Klein
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Hiking

Hiked this July 11. Slope good enough to feel like a solid workout, but not too steep. Good views of Big Bear Lake and the Valley. Top was a bit anticlimactic. No snakes, prob due to traffic - passed someone every 5-7 minutes. Most hikers had a face mask. Went mid-day, so only about 20% shaded. Would be more shaded pretty much any other time.

Melissa Mack
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HikingNo shade
Michael Lawrenz Co
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Hiking

Slope not too steep. Good views!

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Dalton Simmons
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Hiking

Easy trail with good views. Nothing crazy but you can go off trail a little and see different views

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Ryan Woods
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HikingRocky

Stay Alert* - I startled a rattlesnake on this hike today approx 4 feet long but not aggressive . He was about 3/4 up the mountain and just a few feet off of the trail.

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Jim Arnett
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HikingRocky

Nice hike with good views both north and south of Sugarloaf. Beware that there are a couple false summits, but some of the best views are from those - actually better than the true summit. The upper section on the ridge is quite rocky and at times can be a little hard to follow.

Bill Haney
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Hiking

I obtained an Adventure Pass at the gas station in Big Bear City first thing that morning. There are warnings so I would pony up the $5.00 to avoid a fine. I hadn’t been on this trail since 1983! So my memory was foggy at best. The whole parking lot and accommodations were not there back then. Nevertheless, the place is well maintained and the trail was hard-pack for the most part, with benches at vista points for rest.. I chose to hike to the abandoned weather tower,a steep and loose rock trail so beware. Along the way I rockhounded and found some unusual minerals. I understand this area is a haven for gold diggers, so I will return! Being warm weather, I encountered one rattlesnake. I alerted others along the hike to stay alert along the way. Amazing views of the whole lake and the beautiful Holcomb Valley to the northeast. I camped in that valley later in the day in BLM land(FREE!).

Ken Kilar
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RunningRocky

good climbing - rocky at the top but plenty of runable trail, up and down.

Shakaria Mercedes
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Wendi B
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Hiking

Pretty rocky trail but a good hike. Pretty steady incline all the way up but not to bad. Views of the lake are great the higher up you go. When you are finished with this trail you can head up to Bertha’s peak.

Emily Fitzgerald
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Krista McClure Bates
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Hiking

If you follow these directions it takes you to the top of Castle Rock. Dirt road but passable with a standard car. 3/4 mile flat dirt road walk to Bluff Preserve. Hike can be shortened by parking lot at the preserve. Worth the visit, stunning views around lake with high alpine lake feel. Numerous wildflowers in July, busy due to driving up to the preserve. Hike continues to back of lake and up to the lookout. Trail follows forest service dirt road with occasional shade. This portion was lightly trafficked with a gorgeous views of valley and San Gorgornio mountains. Perfect spot for lunch on the rocks.

Paul S.
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HikingBugsGreat!

It's flat, scenic and easy. It's the perfect hike/walk for the family. On the eastern edge, you can make it all the way to the Convention Center (near Wyatt's restaurant). Be sure to give it a try.

bryan c
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roque armenta
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Hiking

Great to get started early (8am) to get parking & avoid too many people on the trail. The bluffs are beautiful & there’s great opportunities to catch flowers in bloom along the trail. Definitely make your way to see the champion Lodgepole Tree for some streams and an open meadow. I’d bring bug spray & sunblock in case you need it. If you start at castle rock definitely bring enough water and know the first mile is strenuous & mostly up hill (and this makes your trip more like 9 miles round trip) if you make your way to bluffs. Overall totally worth it!

Hannah T
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HikingRocky

Good hike!

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Jessica Schey
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Hiking

We used the Kelty kid carrier for my 2 year old, but my 4 year old was able to make it up with a few breaks. Our 2 year old was able to run and climb and loved it! It was worth it and once you are up the more challenging spots it flattens out until the bluff. My 4 year old did spot a big rattlesnake under a rock my husband had just walked over.. so watch out as always for them! Beautiful hike!!

Miguel Ortega
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Andrea Barboza
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Hiking

On the easier side of moderate. Steady incline, feels like you’re walking flat. Not steep at all. You don’t have to go far to see some beautiful views. Lots of little benches and logs to stop and rest.

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Michelle Herron
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Hiking

Challenging!

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Thomas Goetz
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Rocky but beautiful views of Big Bear Lake and the Lucern Valley.

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Shakaria Mercedes
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Nick Couyoumjian
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RunningRocky

Big Bear’s flagship trail. Well trafficked during busy summer weekends, so it’s better to hit the trail early or late in the day if you’d like to avoid the busy hours. Views are great and terrain is just technical enough to provide a challenge for trail running. Would recommend taking this trail all the way up to Bertha Peak for panoramic views of the Big Bear area.

Dani Roth
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Hiking

Love this trail the views are amazing and the change in landscape from mountain to desert views is fantastic! The only downside is it gets hot as there are parts without shades and we did in the end of June late morning, so be aware!

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Alexa Lockwood
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Hiking

Fun hike! Put up hammock and enjoyed the beautiful views

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Meg S
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Hiking

Nice! Did it during sunset, beautiful

Kelli Nowak
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HikingBugsRocky

Wear shoes/ boots that support your ankles and/or bring trekking poles because this is a potential ankle twister!! Very rocky. Did this hike in 6/20/20. Parked at 2N93B about 7 am. Take that trail straight ahead and at about 0.8 miles you'll come to a cul-du-sac with a tree in the middle; continue to the left. in about another 0.2 miles you'll come to a T with another dirt road; continue straight and about 100 feet after that you'll see a gate you can enter. In the next mile you have a few little creek crossings and a couple spots the trail got quite muddy. Beautiful forest trail with steady elevation gain. At 3.3 mi (on my watch) you'll come upon a sign for SugarLCaf and take a right. The steepest part is the last mile or so but the views are definitely worth it. Plenty of shade for lunch at the summit. Coming down was more treacherous and I felt like I was tripping and sliding even though I was trying to take it slowly and be mindful of my foot placement. Kinda buggy throughout; I wouldn't recommend a head net, but personally my buff came in handy. Lots of sun exposure after 10:30 or so, so bring sunscreen. Great workout with the elevation gain and those views sure are rewarding!

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