Champion Lodgepole Trail & Bluff Lake Reserve 

Champion Lodgepole Trail & Bluff Lake Reserve 

Embark on a delightful Big Bear Lake hike through the serene alpine meadows leading to Bluff Lake. This trail, friendly for dogs on a leash, winds through a naturally beautiful area that transforms into a vibrant display of wildflowers in the spring. As you journey through the trail, you’ll find yourself near the Bluff Lake Reserve. This ecological sanctuary preserves an expansive meadow, offering a refreshing change of scenery and a tranquil escape into nature.

One of the highlights near the reserve is the celebrated Champion Lodgepole Pine, an ancient and majestic tree that stands as a testament to the valley’s rich natural history. The Bluff Lake Reserve welcomes visitors from mid-May through mid-November, presenting an opportunity to connect with the environment during these months.

Your adventure begins at Mill Creek Road (Forest Road 2N10) and stretches for 4.5 miles before taking a right turn onto 2N11, leading you an additional mile to the trailhead. There’s also an option to join this trail from the end of Castle Rock trail, offering different routes to explore this picturesque area. It’s advisable to use a vehicle with high ground clearance for ease of access, and don’t forget to obtain an Adventure Pass (required).

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