21 Oct

Castle Rock Clean-up, Episode 1

Last week my father and I woke up before the sun to hike and pick up trash around Castle Rock. If haven’t climbed there, you oughta check it out! It’s one of the most popular hikes in Big Bear and for a reason – the view from the top is absolutely spectacular.

view from castle rock

Being such a popular trail, don’t be surprised if a bunch of folks stare at you and your climbing gear as if you’re a superhero. For a number of people, it’s the first time they’ve ever seen a real-life rock climber! This morning, however, we had trash bags and trash picker tools.

Venti sized litterbug, please!

Venti sized litterbug, please!

The goal was to clean the trail all the way to the top, but we barely made it halfway because of all the debris. Out of the two trash bags we filled, some highlights include:

  • Baby Diaper (soiled, of course)
  • Starbucks Cups
  • A protractor for geometry?!?
  • Towels
  • Windshield wiper blade
All this from only the first half of the trail!

All this from only the first half of the trail!




This week, we hope to clean up the second half. If you like off-width chimney climbing, let me know! It will be a fun challenge trying to clear out all the trash-filled crevices at the top of Castle Rock!

Anybody like shimmying into these?!

Anyone like shimmying into these?!

Even though it’s always a bummer to see so much trash on a trail like this, I try to remember that for a number of people, this hike may be one of their first few times out in nature. Hopefully it made an impression, grew their appreciation for nature a little more, and next time they’ll take their Venti Frappuccino to the trash can.

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