Castle Rock Trail


Don’t let this short hike fool you. It has a steep uphill for your leg workout, plenty of boulders to climb and explore and have fun and beautiful scenery.

The trail begins one mile east of Big Bear Dam on Hwy 18. I found parking easily near the trailhead on Big Bear Blvd on that Monday morning. There is a small brown sign right before the Big Bear Lake city limit sign on the south side of Hwy 18.

The trail is well-marked and well-maintained as you can see.

Because of the rain we got the day before, the trail was just a bit wet but not enough to make it muddy. I liked it because it made the soil soft to walk on. We had the trail to ourselves most of the time. It was quiet and serene. During the first half-mile, the elevation gain was 500 feet. Just enough to make you feel the muscles working.

Then it leveled out for the next 0.7 miles or so. I loved these peek-a-boo views of the lake.

At the top, we came to an impressive granite rock. Here we took a little break and enjoyed the tranquility.

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Longer distance or higher elevation doesn’t always mean it’s going to be a better hike. It’s all about the experience you have on the trail and who you choose to share the experience with. Go outside and have a little adventure. 😊

This is the last post from my recent Big Bear Lake trip until my next visit. Hopefully soon.

Good to Know:

  • Hike date: 10.5.15
  • Elevation gain:  500 feet
  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • This trail gets crowded on weekends
  • Park at one of the turnouts along Hwy 18

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Happy Hiking!

11 comments on “Castle Rock Trail”

  1. This quiet and peaceful walk sounds wonderful to me! I walk to enjoy solitude and nature as much as for exercise, so as long as I don’t have to mingle with lots of noisy crowds then I am happy with the experience. Great pictures! Love your canine friend. 🙂

  2. Hello,
    I was wondering if you were able to make it all the way up the rocks at the top with your dog. WE have two and they both climb rocks in the past but didn’t know if dogs could make it all the way up so we could all enjoy the view!

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