Castle Rock Trail – Big Bear Lake Natural Landmark
Castle Rock Trail is a natural landmark that can be seen all over the valley and is located 1 mile east of the dam in Big Bear Lake. Because Castle Rock Trail is one of the most popular hiking spots in Big Bear Lake, it can get crowded. If you prefer to hike in peace, early morning is best. The trail is off Highway 18/Big Bear Blvd, which is a very busy main road. Parking is available in the turn out next to the small wooden Castle Rock Trail sign. There are a few more parking spots across the street as well, but they are very limited. There is a small incline during the first part of the hike, about 1/3 miles in. Once you pass this incline, the hike becomes much easier. One thing to keep in mind, as with any high altitude hike, is to pace yourself so you don’t exhaust yourself early. Most of the trail is covered and shaded by trees. Castle Rock Trail is great for families with kids and dogs. During the spring, there is still typically lots of snow, so it can be a bit slippery. Come prepared with hiking shoes and you should not have a problem. When the the snow is melting, you can actually hear and see the water run off on the rocks. In total, the Castle Rock Trail hike takes about 1 hour round trip. When you reach the huge boulders, you can actually climb them, but be careful as it can be slippery. If you do decide to climb all the way up these boulders, the views are spectacular. You are surrounded by trees, boulders and incredible views of Big Bear Lake. Castle Rock Trail is a beautiful forest setting and is one of our favorite hikes in Big Bear Lake!