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Gray's Peak Trail



3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,188' 362 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 7,947' 2,422 m
Low: 6,765' 2,062 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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This trail climbs from Big Bear Lake to great views atop Gray's Peak.

Matthew Kidd

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is closed from November 1 to April 1.

A Forest Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead.


This trail is similar to the Cougar Crest Trail to Bertha Peak further east along Big Bear Lake. The views from Gray's Peak are more interesting, perhaps as the result of looking the long direction across the lake.

Starting at the parking area, the trail climbs steady grades on pleasant singletrack. Upon reaching a forest road, the trail turns north to follow the doubletrack for a few hundred yards before departing left for more singletrack and an increase in grade. A little more than 2 miles and almost a thousand feet of elevation later, the trail finally reaches the summit of Gray's Peak and rewards its patrons with great views of Big Bear Lake.

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Oct 10, 2019
Sam Medina
7.5mi — 2h 15m
Sep 21, 2019
Brenny K
Oct 27, 2018
Matthew Schneider
Sep 23, 2018
Ryan Dunn
Mellow hike to one of the smaller peaks near Big Bear. Lots of trees. Trail well maintained. Best views are to the west/north on the final stretch. 7mi — 4h 00m
Sep 16, 2018
Cheri Cole
Excellent hike that ends at the PCT and you can continue to Bertha's if you want. Nice place to stop and rest. Nice views - never crowded 4.2mi
Sep 11, 2018
Dave Burkhard
Fun little hike. Not challenging. Good views.
Nov 24, 2017
Ricardo Herms
Dec 17, 2016
Erick Prins
Thunderstorm 3.5mi

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shady around 4:30 pm
Sep 23, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Boulders at the top
Sep 23, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
A view of BB Lake from just below Gray's Peak
Sep 23, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Big Bear Lake and Big Bear Solar Observatory viewed from the Gray's Point Trail.
Apr 8, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA
Boulders on the trail
Sep 23, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA

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