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!