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This was a Great drive, on a rough road, and a nice hike to an amazing tree. It takes 8 adults... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Timothy P
Palm Desert, United States
Beautiful Pine

Worth going to whether hiking, biking or 4WD. Beautiful Pine and the area nearby is also pretty... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Robin S
El Cajon, California
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Reviewed 28 July 2018

This was a Great drive, on a rough road, and a nice hike to an amazing tree. It takes 8 adults with arms stretched out to go around this tree! The views of the valley below are beautiful and if you venture a little further,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Timothy P
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Worth going to whether hiking, biking or 4WD. Beautiful Pine and the area nearby is also pretty. We took our motorcycles there.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Robin S
Reviewed 31 August 2017

The trailhead is on Highway 18 and there is a turnout big enough for 6-7 cars to park. The Castle Rock trail is fairly well marked all the way past and around Castle Rock then further south to the 2N86 fire road. There is sort...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank SnorkelGang
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

As the title suggests, there's was a nice most of the easy hike in the San Bernardino National Forest. It's about a 20-25 minute drive to the trailhead and most of the drive is on a Gravely dirt road with a few rats here in...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Thebigham7272
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Not too easy of a drive. Uneven dirt road with ruts, I would suggest a car with decent ground clearance that being said I did see a few cars in the trail parking area, so they made the drive. It's a beautiful place to spend...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Mike S
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a very short, easy hike, making it great for taking a family of various ages. There is a dirt road drive necessary to get you to the beginning of the hike. The Lodgepole Pine is HUGE. With all the rain/snow this winter, I'd...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Siameseldy
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Easy walk in a beautiful area of Big Bear. Lots to explore in this area. Hike is not taxing at all. Took some time to also walk around the small lake near Champion Lodgepole. Very peaceful.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank rh0ndag
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Overall, this was a very nice hike for our family which included three younger children. The drive up to the hike Trailhead took about 15 to 20 minutes and the hike lasted about a mile or so round trip. Much of it is covered by...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Thebigham7272
Reviewed 28 June 2016

If you have little hikers, this trail is perfect. It's fairly short (about a mile?) and the payoff is the giant lodgepole pine at the end of the trail. It is HUGE! Pack a picnic and some water.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Pam P
Reviewed 27 February 2016

This is as wooded and lush as Big Bear gets. A very nice hike to a huge Lodgepole pine, "The Champion Lodgepole". Not too long for the kids, either. A must do while you are exploring Big Bear. Very enjoyable.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Francene L
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