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Cougar Crest Trail

Intermediate

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3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,326' 404 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,182' 2,494 m
Low: 6,856' 2,090 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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

Matthew Kidd

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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.

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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.

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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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