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Cougar Crest Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (19)

This trail sends you from the shores of Big Bear Lake to Berta Peak with good views along the way.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Point to Point

8,182' 2,494 m

High

6,856' 2,090 m

Low

1,326' 404 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Family Friendly While the trail is sizable in length for a child, its modest grades make it doable. Plus, they will enjoy great views the whole way.

An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Please clearly display your pass inside your vehicle, either on the dash or hanging from the rearview mirror.

Description

The Cougar Crest Trail is a steady but modest climb to Bertha Peak on a wide, smooth trail. After 2.5 miles, join the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for one quarter mile before making the final 0.8 mile ascent to Bertha Peak, which is steeper than the preceding climb. The peak houses radio equipment and affords panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Matthew Kidd with improvements by Ryan Dunn

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 19 votes

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  3.9 from 19 votes
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#453

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From the top of Bertha Peak, enjoy a 70-degree panorama of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Solar Observatory.
Apr 7, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Big Bear Marina
Nov 6, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Big Bear Lake from Cougar Crest Trail
Nov 6, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA

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Jul 31, 2020
Brian Repelin
7.4mi — 3h 25m
Jul 1, 2020
Alejandro Aming
Jun 24, 2020
TIPU KHAN
gradual climb
Oct 26, 2019
Il Noh
Aug 24, 2019
Devon Allen
7.4mi — 2h 41m
Aug 7, 2019
Cassie Rivkin
Jun 27, 2019
Zachary Webb
Mar 30, 2019
Samatha Benedict
round trip from 11 to 15 00 hrs. 3.6mi — 11h 00m