Castle Rock Trail 1W03

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Castle Rock trailhead is located 1.1 miles east of the Big Bear Dam on State Highway 18 or 3 miles west of the Big Bear Lake Village. There is limited parking 50 yards east of the trailhead in a turnout on the north side of the highway. The Adventure Pass is not required on the turnout.  There is a small sign marking the Castle Rock Trailhead across the highway.

Although it's not a long hike, the elevation gain is 500 feet, making it a steep climb by any standards. From here its 0.5 of a mile of a steep trail then it levels out for another 0.5 of a mile of less steep trail. Castle Rock is a large 100 ft outcropping from immediately east of the saddle.  This trail offers spectacular views of the lake and an opportunity to see pines, white fir trees and cedars.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Smoke alert: Fire crews may conduct prescribed burning ignitions off Kidd Creek Road (2N86) the weekend of May 21, 2021. Smoke may be seen in the area to the north of Castle Rock.
Best Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Big Bear Lake
Information Center: Big Bear Discovery Center  Please report trail conditions to (909) 382-2790

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