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Castle Rock Trail - 1W03, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Big Bear - Jacinto
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,831 feet
Elevation Gain 770 feet
Accumulated Gain 770 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.77
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38  2015-08-03
Castle Rock - Plantation - Skyline - Pine Knot
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr
Sun  5:32am - 5:52pm
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At the top of the ridge is an impressive granite rock out-cropping and the source of many tales and local folklore. If you trust your rock climbing skills and can climb your way to the top of the rocks from the north side, the view of the lake is wonderful. The best part of this hike is that it’s downhill all the way home.

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Castle Rock Trail - 1W03
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    Castle Rock - Plantation - Skyline - Pine Knot
    Castle Rock Trail 1W03
    Steep start through nice creek, albeit dry now. Quick lake view. Huge pines. 600 ft ascent to full lake view!

    Plantation Trail 1W12
    One of those trails with an uninviting name that turns out nicer than anticipated. Decent shade midday.

    Skyline Trail 1E01
    A bit confusing at the top of Castle Creek. Higher up after Plantation it's easier to decipher. This is a constant zig zag along the ridge. Tree shade is typically sparce. Some nice areas. Built for mountain bikers. It must have been a lot of work as it is well done too!

    Yeast smell yesterday and today. Must be some of the chaparral.

    Seven Oaks Trail 0E01
    Looks most used by downhill mountain bikers. Not new millennium friendly. A continuous slide of semi steep surface gravel. The oaks are not what most desire, rather the live oak / blue oak variety. The bottom has larger oaks and large pine cones. Hot gnatty hell. Doubt anyone hikes here from Big Bear Lake, especially in August. Nevertheless I liked the change of pace with foliage similar to Arizona'state southern Bradshaw range. Euphoria drive kicked in ascending back to Big Bear.

    Pine Knot Trail 1E01
    Only half as busy as Sunday. Amazing how much cooler it is just over the rim back into Big Bear valley.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    The most popular trail in the Bear Valley begins 1.1 mile east of the dam Hwy 18. There is very limited parking on the north side of the highway 50 yards east of the trailhead.
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