A popular hike within Big Bear's city limits which offers hikers exciting opportunities to scramble over large boulders along with a picturesque finish overlooking Big Bear Lake.
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- If you're driving from Los Angeles then there are ample amounts of coffee on your way to Big Bear. However, if you're searching for the perfect 'cup of joe' or a small bite, give The Copper Q in downtown Big Bear a quick stop before or after the hike.
- The Copper Q
- The Copper Q
- NOTE: Parking becomes extremely difficult if you arrive in the late morning / early afternoon. There is no parking lot, but there are designated spaces along Big Bear Boulevard on the shoulder you can utilize. Be extremely careful when exiting your vehicle keeping a look out for traffic. Also, be aware that this hike was completed during the summer season and if you're choosing to go during the winter, be sure to take necessary precautions for driving in snowy conditions.
- Traveling from Los Angeles, take the CA-210 East towards San Bernardino until you CA-330 North. Continue heading along CA-330 North until you reach the quaint town of Running Springs. You'll approach a split with CA-18 and want to follow the ramp towards Big Bear. For the next 13.5 miles, stay on CA-18 while passing through the intersection for CA-38 (also known as North Shore Drive) and then bridge which turns the road into Big Bear Boulevard. After crossing the bridge, the trailhead for Castle Rock Trail will be approximately 1.1 miles ahead.
- NOTE: The trail is easily marked with signs the entire way up making it extremely simple to make it to the peak. Also, it's a very popular hike so be sure to arrive early if ascending the trail on the weekend in order to avoid the heavy crowds.
- Start you hike at the Castle Rock Trailhead directly of Big Bear Boulevard.
- Head up the small canyon following the various trail markers and yellows signs with arrows.
- You'll eventually hit a lookout point that offers a stunning view overlooking Big Bear Lake. If you aren't tired yet, continue following the trail markers until you reach the highest point with the boulders you're able to scramble up to the very top.
- Be sure to relax and take in the unobstructed view while relaxing at the top of the boulders.
- When finished, return the way you came.