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not recommend in snow, enough said!

I went on this trail during December and it was very beautiful. There is a spot not to far from the start of the trail that gives a very wide look of all the mountains and trees. I included some pictures. The hike starts out at high elevation and defends down into bear creek and a few others. There was a little bit of snow but it was mostly melted. Overall we had a very enjoyable hike and it was beautiful

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washed out
18 days ago

Muddy.

hiking
snow
21 days ago

Went today to do the trail however I didn’t realize there was still a great amount of snow still, once I got to where the snow was about 3’ deep I couldn’t make it any further. However it’s a great trail. Planning on going back in May.
Can’t do the trail without trekking poles proper boots and snow pants. The first part of the trail is already packed on the ice do to people walking through the trail right now so it has definitely made it very slippery near the water and can be dangerousness

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off trail
snow
1 month ago

Don’t forget to get your $5 daily parking permit to avoid the $100 fine at trail head parking (Aspen Glen Picnic area). Trail head start is a bit confusing due to all the tracks from sledders in the area. Further out snow shoes are a must this year since snow is at least 2 feet deep. Lots of post holes the first mile out from people going out without proper kit. Tree trail markers are not that good since trail is not obvious in the winter so be prepared to trail blaze a bit. At one point appeared a dog knew the trail better than the human when looking at the tracks! Great views of the lake closer to grand view point!

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off trail
snow
1 month ago

Trail head is off the main road with parking nearby. Nice steady incline and highly recommend snowshoes especially once past the amateur part (quite a few deep post holes from them!) Snow is really deep this year,more than 2 feet at the least. Trail is not well marked except for a few sign which makes it more difficult in the winter but using this app with your phone will put you on the right path! Views from castle rock of the lake are amazing!

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snow
1 month ago

I love this trail and have done it a few times. Went today and decided to give it a try despite the snow and ice. DO NOT attempt without crampons/trail spikes. I got about halfway to castle rock before deciding to turn back but was slipping and sliding most of the way down. Snowy areas were ok with good boots but several sections were very icy and unsafe. Met another hiker on my way down—she had crampons and was breezing through it.

Still a gorgeous hike and highly recommended when the trail is dry and/or if you have the right gear.

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snow
1 month ago

If you are going to do this hike it’s likely best to take crampons for your shoes. I went with a friend on 1/23 and we decided to turn around because it was so slippery. We look forward to returning once the snow melts or with adequate footwear.

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snow
1 month ago

Lots of snow. Beautiful views. Slippery coming back down.

Amazing view

Gotta find the sweet spot to take a photo worthy picture but it’s was a good hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Hike was great, trail was really easy.
Luckily there was a lot of areas with snow, areas to rest, areas to take good photos.
Good view of the south side of the lake, could see the mountain, which looked amazing with snow.

hiking
2 months ago

I have been wanting to do this hike for quite some time now, we got the chance to do it over the thanksgiving holiday, and when we got to the top my boyfriend proposed! This is a fun little hike with AMAZING views of Big Bear and the lake. Only compliant is it was very heavily trafficked, but it was a holiday weekend.

We tried this trail today and just after the entrance, we encountered the famous steep hill filled with slippery ice, steep enough to make you fall down and slide down. We tried to grab on to branches and rocks but failed miserably. Other two groups tried it as well and couldn't make it past the ice either. This was just the entrance and the trail is supposed to be steep in the first mile.

The trailhead is barely noticeable with a small sign and there's no parking around except on a small curve on the right side coming from Big Bear before getting to the trail. Be sure to buy the Forest Adventure pass before parking.
The terrain around was nice with snow and light hills we explored a bit, made a small snowball fight... but we couldn't go to the trail.

Conclusion: Maybe don't go in winter unless you have steel crampons and a LOT of energy. I'll try again in spring.

Not a hike but it’s a nice walk

hiking
3 months ago

Wow! What a workout this was. This was my first legit hike after coming into town I thought I was going to die on the way up (I’m being extra dramatic) but it was amazing and well worth the cardio!!! The view was phenomenal!! Definitely a must do!!

hiking
3 months ago

I needed my hiking sticks for this hike. Be sure to climb the big rocks at the top. There’s a rope to help get up...the view from the top of the rocks

Beautiful scenery and lightly trafficked well marked trail with some steep incline but mostly gradual ascent. Great mountain and valley views at destination make for great photos. This is a wonderful hike and worth the drive for a day trip.

Amazing views! Took Cabin trail back down

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail

great hike, I love idlewild

really challenging for a beginner. most of it is uphill

Beautiful day to hike! There were a few scenic spots to stop and enjoy the view. The trail wasn't very difficult and was perfect amount of traffic getting to the trail head at 10:00a.

on Castle Rock Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike with the High Desert Hiking Group. Took my two dogs. Trail starts out with a rocky steep incline to Castle Rock (good work out). We stopped at Castle Rock. Very nice view of the lake. After the stop, I continued the trail to 2N10. Another nice incline surrounded by Pine Trees. By the time I returned there were people everywhere.

great hike and steady up hill hike definitely worth the hike! dog friendly. better to go early morning when it's not to busy.

Ok, I blasted another hiker with bear spray on this trail today. I don't know if you (hiker) will ever use this app but if you ever do, you will know this is your unique experience on this trail and this msg is for you. I'm so sorry! I had just tested my can as it had been in storage and had not yet replaced the safety. My finger was still on the trigger when you approached around that blind corner. I apologize immensely! BTW, since you didn't know what it was that I sprayed when I yelled "hold your breath and run down", you might look into carrying some on future hikes since you were alone and making no noise. Again, I'm really sorry I blasted you. At least you were almost to the end of the trail. :0

Trail was beautiful and somewhat challenging. Excellent views and sometimes a bit mysterious as there are a lot of bends in the trail. Great trail for experienced mountain bikers too. I'll do it again for sure.

Sorry again to the lady I bear maced...

Cougar Crest trail was closed so I decided to take this trail and had a great time. It’s not to steep and would probably be great for a family with kids.

It took me an hour and a half to get up and 45 minutes down but I’m probably an above average hiker when it comes to speed. 4 hours set aside would probably be best especially if you want to take it the amazing view about 500 feet after the sign for the Point.

Don’t be misled by the short distance. It’s a steep uphill climb...sometimes up to 35 degree incline...steep all the way and rocky. It’s not too bad cuz it’s short, but it’s a nice little challenging hike.

One of my favorite big bear hikes. Done it in the summer, spring, fall and winter. Always great. Not super easy, but not very hard.
Great view at the top.

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