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Castle Rock - Plantation - Skyline - Pine Knot, CA
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Castle Rock - Plantation - Skyline - Pine Knot, CA 
Castle Rock - Plantation - Skyline - Pine Knot, CA
 
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2015
joebartels
Hiking17.17 Miles 3,765 AEG
Hiking17.17 Miles   6 Hrs   17 Mns   2.82 mph
3,765 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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