BIG BEAR’S BEAR CREEK, CASTLE ROCK AND CHAMPION LODGEPOLE PINE
Join me if you would like to spend all day at Big Bear Lake exploring short hikes there. I’d like to start out with an exploratory steep (200′ loss/gain) but short trek to Bear Creek about a 1/4 mile below the dam. There’s a good flow of water there to check out. After that we would drive on some back roads to an easy trail leading to Castle Rock which offers stunning views of Big Bear Lake. If you like hiking in a rocky forested environment, you’ll love this area. Also, we will take other short and easy trails to The Champion Lodgepole Pine, Bluff Lake Reserve and a beautiful portion of The Siberia Creek Trail.
Plan on having a late lunch there after our hikes.
If you have to be somewhere later that day, don’t commit to this. The hike will be over when it’s over.
MEETUP TIME, LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS: Take the 134 Fwy east and exit Harvey Dr. heading south. Make a right on E. Wilson Ave. followed immediately by a right into the Park And Ride there. Whether you meet at an earlier location or not, you’ll all be required to meet at our caravan location at the park and ride in Glendale. We’ll all meet there at 6:30 a.m. and fill up the SUVs. Those that don’t drive can help pay for gas.
EARLIER MEETUP LOCATION: Those out my way can meet me in Woodland Hills at 6:00 a.m. and take off from there in a car pool. Meet at the corner of Leonora Dr. and Ponce Avenue. Ponce Ave. is the first street east of Fallbrook. We can park on Ponce which is not in front of any homes. We can load the cars up here, since there isn’t a car shuttle involved on this event.
FINAL MEETUP LOCATION:
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 1000’/1000’
DISTANCE: 6+ miles
TERRAIN: Single track trail and a short exploratory scramble down to Bear Creek
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Intermediate hiker capable of hiking a little bit of steep terrain
ADVENTURE PASS: Will be required at the trailhead.
MY CELL# IS: 805-358-5972
– We hike in as a group and hike out as a group
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Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER.
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