Big Bear - Champion Lodgepole Pine & Bluff Lake
ElevationAscent: 3' 1 m
Descent: -97' -30 m
High: 7,686' 2,343 m
Low: 7,592' 2,314 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A short, easy hike with splendid views.”— B L
The placard describes this massive tree and a little fence protects it. The tree stands guard over a nice meadow of wildflowers.
Stay on the trail and continue back to the original path to arrive at the Bluff Lake Reserve.
The Reserve is a private area managed by the Wildlands Conservancy and is subject to seasonal hours. While at the lake, you may encounter different kinds of waterfowl, blue jays, woodpeckers, and even fox and deer. Take your time enjoying the lake before heading back the way you arrived.
Here at an elevation of 7,500 feet grow the largest lodgepole pines in the world. This small pocket of lodgepole pines is thought to be a remnant from a time when the climate was colder. The world "Champion" (discovered in 1963) is a magnificent, double-topped tree that towers above the surrounding forest reaching a height of 110+ feet. The circumference of the trunk at the bottom is 22 feet, however the bulbous base is 36 feet in circumference. Its age is estimated at 452 years, which means that it began to germinate in the year 1560.
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