Explore the most popular birding trails near Big Bear Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful view. Awesome hike. It look so perfect it looked fake or staged.

This trail started out fine. It was pretty dang steep, so we were glad we didn't have small children with us. The problems came when we were about a third a mile up. The path was so worn down by heavy foot traffic that you could no longer tell where the trail was at all! I even tried using the map from the app. No go. We wandered around for an hour then headed in the general direction of the lake. Eventually we found the trail about where we left it. The whole thing was frustrating. Counting all the steep terrain, and the unclear path, this is a difficult hike, and not pleasant.

hiking
8 days ago

Went with my husband, 7yr old daughter and 10 yr old son. It was amazing!

Worth the hike...

hiking
17 days ago

A moderately difficult hike with some steep parts, but with a beautiful view of Big Bear Lake from the top of the boulders. Parking can be difficult past 9:30-10am because there are limited parking spaces along Hwy 18.

I highly recommend that you continue on Castle Rock Trail to Bluff Lake Reserve further south (view my photos to see why). It's actually my favorite part of the hike because it's tranquil, quiet, and a really nice break from the crowded Castle Rock.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail for kids, pets and beginners. Has a stunning view of Big Bear lake. For the more experienced hiker, this trail connects to another unmarked trail that leads to Bluff lake, which is roughly 2.5 mi round trip.

Nice little outting. We did this hike after arriving in town mid-afternoon and finished in time to grab dinner then head back to camp as the sun was disappearing

Beautiful trail. Prolly 93% of the trail is shaded. Most of the inclined stuff happens before the first mile. After that it's pretty easy. This was my first hiking experience. Me and my wife loved it! I would say it's more than 6 miles tho. Took us 2.5 hours but we chilled at the top for 20 minutes to enjoy the views. Brought 2L of water and drank it all. I hiked it in chucks but I do not recommend doing that =p

Once you get to the Grandview you won’t regret it! It’s such a beautiful view. The trail is moderate and I recommend the adventure.

Super good trail! Beautiful view of lake! Once on top of the overlook,beautiful view of valley

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with my kids after school. It was a great little hike for them. Plan on going back soon.

Awesome trail did this on 4/4/18 it was a bit challenging at rimes but well worth the view at the end. give yourself time to enjoy before you have to go back down.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing first moderate hiking experience for this older lady. Going up was a little challenging because I don’t exercise enough, but my 11yo son was like a gazelle and having a great time. Regardless it was beautiful and I’m so glad we made it to up to Castle Rock. The views were glorious. Going down was obviously much easier :D. Have fun and bring water.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a b***h the first 0.40 miles with dramatic increased elevation. Once you past 0.40 it’s a steady increase with more smooth terrain, several small streams, and castle rock at the top. Much smaller “castle” + “rock” then I expected but still a great hike.

It is a good hike and it has markers along the trail so you won’t get lost. The view from the top is absolutely gorgeous! A must see and very doable!

1 month ago

Took 2 and 4 year old up here. We did most of the walking but it was short enough for them to enjoy it. Views are beautiful. Lots of people but still serene. Easy to leave the path and get your own trail for a while.

great view, totally worth it

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I hiked this trail after it snowed. The trail was well marked from previous hikers, otherwise it would have been difficult to navigate through with the snow covered paths. Most of the incline is at the first 1/3 of the trail but then tapers off. Once we got to the top to overlook the lake, we took the opportunity to climb on the boulders at the top to get a better view. It was absolutely stunning!! The hardest part of the hike was parking and avoiding being hit by oncoming traffic on the road! I highly recommend this trail for its surprise once you reach the top!

Amazing hike with beautiful scenery. Could be challenging for some but the view is well worth it. I plan on doing this hike again very soon.

This is an awesome trail great all year round. Beautiful scenery of the lake. Amazing during the snow. Parking is a bit of hassle, but it’s well worth it once you find parking.

hiking
3 months ago

Parking is an issue because this trail is very popular and you have to park in a turn out, which depending on the time/day you go will most likely be full. I went on a Saturday around 10 am and there were so many people hiking this trail it was a bit overwhelming. If your intention is to simply reach the view then the hike is short are relatively easy, it is fairly steep but not for long. If you are continuing the hike there are more trails to do so.
We had to wait about 15-20 minutes to get a chance to take a photo on the rock with the best view of the lake, but it was totally worth it the view is amazing and we got some pretty cool pictures.

I absolutely love this trail. It is so peaceful and beautiful all the way through especially the view at the end. I started the hike in the early morning and there weren't that many others until I was on my way back down.

Beautiful and brisk. Poor Big Bear has no snow but it allowed for a beautiful hike and views that were beyond compare!

hiking
3 months ago

1. Parking: To park you need to pull into a turn out off the highway. There are about 6 spots or more depending on how people park. Some people also park right off the highway. You have to cross the highway to make it to the trailhead. We arrived at 9:00 am and found parking without a problem.

2. People: There are a lot of people on this hike. There are many families and people with dogs. People seem to be responsible about picking up dog poop and keeping them on leashes.

3. The trail: The trail is a bit steep in the beginning and was tough for me with my asthma. It lightens up a bit. In the beginning there are clear signs and then there are contradictory arrows making the trail difficult to follow. We ended at a dead end. We asked four separate groups where the trail went and no one knew. Everyone we saw was lost. People begin to wander off the trail which is still nice because it is scenic and there are tons of photo opportunities.

Overall it's a nice hike. You get great views and there are many boulders to climb for cool photos. It's a busy busy trail so if you are looking for a peaceful hike this is not for you. To be fair, we went on a Saturday.

Happy hiking!!!

loved this trail did this during the santa Ana's when it was 90 in the valley but up here a cool 60 and hardly a breeze beautiful trail through forest and boulders and an absolutely stunning view at aptly named grand view

Awesome trail! Has everything you’d want - inclines, views of the lake, dig friendly, decent distance and not crowded. Will do this one again and again.

hiking
4 months 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!

on Castle Rock Peak

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, moderate incline, fairly easy

wonderful view!

Was a good walk

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