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    Castle Rock to Lookout Point Hike

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    13.4 km
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    389 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Castle Rock to Lookout Point Hike is an amazing adventure in the San Bernardino National Forest that will take you to a series of viewpoints with stunning scenery. While out hiking the trail, you will climb uphill through the forest landscape and summit Castle Rock for views over Big Bear Lake, before continuing on past Bluff Lake to arrive at Lookout Point. Hikers should take note that some sections of this trail are poorly marked, so it is a good idea to bring a GPS or trail map to stay on the correct route.

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    Route Description for Castle Rock to Lookout Point Hike

    Whether you are simply looking to spend some time hiking through the forest or want to experience some beautiful California scenery from several scenic viewpoints, the Castle Rock to Lookout Point Hike is a great option to get outdoors and unwind.

    Setting out from the trailhead you will climb uphill to the south alongside Castle Rock Creek, taking your time as you navigate the steep, yet beautiful, forest landscape on the way to the summit of Castle Rock. Here, you will enjoy a great sightline over the surface of Big Bear Lake to the north.

    Continuing along the trail as it leads to the southwest, you will eventually skirt around the charming shores of Bluff Lake and keep on through the forest until you arrive at Lookout Point overlooking the mountainous terrain to the south. After taking in the beautiful views, you will make your way back to the northeast and around the shores of Bluff Lake, before meeting back up with Castle Rock Creek and following it downhill to the trailhead where you began.

    Getting to the Castle Rock to Lookout Point Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Castle Rock to Lookout Point Hike can be found just 1.9 km southeast of the Bear Valley Dam along CA-18.

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      Older Children only

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