A morning at Bluff Lake is the best way to spend a day in Big Bear no matter what season it is! Spring through fall I lead hikers on tours all over Bluff Lake, the upper portion of Castle Rock and Skyline Trail. This hike can be modified for how easy or hard you want your hiking experience to be and as many miles/hours on the trail you want. The easy version of this hike is an hour, about a two-mile hike over the mostly flat ground, not much altitude gain. This is a great hike for kids. We can even stop on the hike and I’ll teach kids a bit about our local butterflies and instruct them on the best technic to photograph butterflies. If you want to do the moderate hike to upper Castle Rock (Castle Rock is the most popular trail in the Big Bear Valley), this hike is available the same pricing. Us locals prefer to hike a less traveled trail starting from the top near Bluff Lake to Castle Rock. It's prettier and not a crowded hike. This hike has a lot more altitude gain and is about 4 miles round trip. I also offer longer 3-5 hour hikes (and they are a higher fee. Inquire for pricing) and I also host beginner mountain bike rides. (2-3 hours in the saddle) Message me for more info or any questions you may have but really, the type of hike we do is up to you and your fellow hikers and how easy or hard (Or fun!) you want your hiking expirence to be.
I’ve been hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains for 20 years. I know almost every trail on this mountain between Crestline and Big Bear and love to share my favorite hikes with travelers adventuring through our local wilderness. I'm well versed on local flora and fauna and love to share my knowledge with visitors to our local mountains. Besides spending my days hiking our trails, I also write a column in our local newspaper on the best hikes in the San Bernardino Forest, based on my popular blog, Hungrymountaineer.com. On this adventure into our local wilderness, I will take you and your group on an off-road adventure to hidden Bluff Lake and we will hike to the largest Lodgepole Pine in our national forest. I also will photograph your whole hike and email photos of you and your guests enjoying this truly breathtaking place .
Car travel off-road tour
We will start the hike near Bluff Lake Reserve. (Where we start depends on how long & hard a hike you and your guests want) This is the prettiest hike in Big Bear. It’s an area that really only locals know about & having a nature guide truly gives you a locals perspective to the hike. There are all sorts of areas along the creek and the meadows where we can explore, and I will take as many photos of you & your group as you want, posed or candid.
This is a high elevation hike. The hike starts around 7,600 feet and you can get sunburnt quicker at these altitudes so high SPF sunscreen is a must.