Number 9 on my summer to do list was to try a new hike. The intention was to a) hike more and b) make myself explore a new trail. Most of the time our hikes are somewhat spur of the moment and so we end up going to the trails we already know well. Santa Monica, La Canada, Runyon etc. No thinking or research required. Just grab some water and sunscreen and go. I guess you can say we are in a hike rut. So when we were in Big Bear last weekend I was excited to look up local hikes and try something new. We got a later start than planned (that will happen to one in the mountains) so we decided on a shorter, steeper trail. Yelpers had good things to say about Castle Rock Trail so we went for it. The trail itself is only about a mile each way, but definitely steep. I got pretty winded and stopped once or twice to “admire the view” aka catch my breath. Definitely the exercise induced asthma though, not for lack of cardio capability. At least that’s the story I’m sticking to.
The views were absolutely beautiful. At the top the trees cleared and you could see Big Bear Lake in the not so distant background. We really lucked out with the weather too- clear skies, but not oppressively hot. After admiring the view at the top, we kept hiking a little past the well marked trail. It went on and on but things got a little snakey: as in us girls swore we were going to get attacked by a snake- so we eventually turned back. A great little hike to check out and check off the list!
love and candy,