Castle Rock

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Trail Distance: 1 mile
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

What could be better than a hike through the San Bernardino National Forest with your favorite furry friend? Grab your backpack and head over to Castle Rock Trail so you can spend some quality time with your pooch while also soaking up some pawsome scenery.

If you aren’t looking for it, the parking area and trailhead are easily missed. There’s a small turnout one mile east of Big Bear Dam on State Highway 18, also known as Big Bear Boulevard. Nab one of the parking spots, cross the highway and look for the trailhead sign. Once you are in the right spot, get hiking!

Although Castle Rock Trail is short, it definitely packs a punch. The trail gains 500 feet in elevation in just a mile. The first half mile is the steepest, but the shade from towering pines and white fir trees help keep your pup from overheating. About halfway up you’ll find a couple benches. Paws here for a water break and let your dog catch their breath. When you’re pal is ready, continue trucking up the hill. 

Furtunately, the last half mile is not as steep. Once you reach Castle Rock, explore this unique rock outcropping. It you are up for it, climb the massive rock, just be extra careful and help your pup as needed. From the top, enjoy puptacular vistas of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding area. If your doggo would rather not climb the rock, they’ll still get pretty great views.

Since the hike is steep, be sure to pack plenty of water for both you and your four legged hiking buddy. You don’t want a thirsty pup on your hands! Also, don’t forget to pack some clean up bags. Keep in mind restrooms are not available at the trailhead. All in all, this is a furrific hike that your pooch will pawsitively love!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Rocky
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Trailhead parking is just a small pull out on the side of the road with enough space for about four cars. As you can imagine, this fills up quickly, especially on the weekends. Arrive early to secure a spot.
Address
Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours