Cougar Crest Trail, California

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Visiting Big Bear, California for the first time, I made the obligatory hike up from the Discovery Center.

Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

… Breathtaking views (and a climb requiring breath to be taken!!) are “de rigeur” along the Cougar Crest Trail, located north of Big Bear Lake.

The trail, well-marked and generally in good condition, continues two miles (mostly north) until reaching a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail …

On a clear day, the Mojave Desert can be seen in the distance, and the views of San Gorgonio, Holcomb Valley, and (of course) Big Bear Lake are absolutely awesome. …

Local Hikes

When I reached the PCT trail, I met a couple of hikers confused on how to continue up to Bertha Peak.

EveryTrail map and photos.

I posted a few more photos taken with an iPod Touch.

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