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Address: Tke California 38 to Mill Creek Road (about one mile west of the city of Big Bear Lake), after about 41/2 miles, keeping right at forks in the road, turn right on 2N11 and continue for about one mile to the trail head, CA

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Favorite Big Bear hike!

This is a very short, easy hike, making it great for taking a family of various ages. There is a dirt road drive necessary to get you to the beginning of the hike. The... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Huntington Beach, CA
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Huntington Beach, CA
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

This is a very short, easy hike, making it great for taking a family of various ages. There is a dirt road drive necessary to get you to the beginning of the hike. The Lodgepole Pine is HUGE. With all the rain/snow this winter, I'd say spring/summer hiking will be beautiful. But wait until you're sure the road is good!... More 

Thank Siameseldy
Southern California
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

Easy walk in a beautiful area of Big Bear. Lots to explore in this area. Hike is not taxing at all. Took some time to also walk around the small lake near Champion Lodgepole. Very peaceful.

Thank Rhonda G
Duarte, California
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Overall, this was a very nice hike for our family which included three younger children. The drive up to the hike Trailhead took about 15 to 20 minutes and the hike lasted about a mile or so round trip. Much of it is covered by the forest canopy, and the trail was fairly well marked. There were lots of trees... More 

Thank captk1701
Big Bear City, California, United States
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

If you have little hikers, this trail is perfect. It's fairly short (about a mile?) and the payoff is the giant lodgepole pine at the end of the trail. It is HUGE! Pack a picnic and some water.

Thank Pam P
Belllingham, United States
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

This is as wooded and lush as Big Bear gets. A very nice hike to a huge Lodgepole pine, "The Champion Lodgepole". Not too long for the kids, either. A must do while you are exploring Big Bear. Very enjoyable.

Thank Francene L
Burbank, California
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

The hike itself is very short - maybe a mile tops? It's family friendly with lots of large rocks to climb and play on as you make your way to the pine. We actually missed it when we passed it but found it on our way back. The drive the trail feels very long and tricky. Almost like you're driving... More 

Thank ItsJustDrea
Boca Raton, FL
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

This was an easy hike (1 mile round trip) and great for all ages. The scenery along the way is beautiful, the hike serene. Not many people knew about this place....so it was a pretty private hike! The Champion pine was dicovered in 1963; it soars to 110+ feet, and the base is 36 feet in circumference! They say the... More 

3 Thank kgellen
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77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

Champion Lodgepole has mostly great reviews on TripAdvisor which is questionable. The trail itself is fairly short and easy. We did not find it particularly beautiful or with great views. However, it is good for little kids. However, you spend more time getting to this trail than actually hiking it. I would suggest doing two trails together - this one... More 

1 Thank islandstylenumber1
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

I took a friend over the weekend up to bluff lake, the last time we went we missed the lodgpole pine ,, make sure you look at the maps closely ,, and roads .. there are many converging trails in the area as well as roads and its easy to miss them. The lake was all but dried up, its... More 

1 Thank didgens
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

This is a beautiful and easy trail for families with kids. The walk to the Champion pine tree is pretty short (15 minutes or so) but you can hike beyond that taking Bluff Mesa trail. To get to the trail you have to to drive for about 30 minutes on a rough and bumpy road, I'd suggest taking SUV (like... More 

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