A moderate hike that ascends to the top of Bertha Peak, which has unobstructed views of Big Bear Lake to the south and panoramic vistas overlooking the lush forests of Holcomb Valley to the north.
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- NOTE: Parking is quite simple and you have two options to choose from at this hike. The first option is to park at the Cougar Crest Trail parking lot (Google Maps directions below) and you'll need to have a Southern California "Adventure Pass" displayed in your car window. The second option is to park at the Big Bear Discovery Center, but there's no requirement to display an Adventure Pass while parking at the Discovery Center. Though, if you park at the Discovery Center, you'll be adding approximately 1.5 miles to the overall hike. If you're needing to purchase an Adventure Pass, the Discovery Center sells the daily $5 passes and the $30 annual passes at their front desk.
- NOTE: The trail is easily marked with signs the entire way up making it extremely simple to get to the Bertha Peak.
- Start your hike from the Cougar Crest Trail parking lot and head to the trailhead on the north side of the lot. There's a restroom available in the parking lot, if needed.
- Head along the Cougar Crest Trail veering left after a few hundred feet. The minor split you'll come across will lead you to the Big Bear Discovery Center (noted above) if you head right instead of left.
- After the minor trail split, the next 2.3 miles will lead you uphill with a gradual incline weaving in and out of shaded areas along with showcasing non-stop views of Big Bear Lake. There are plenty of turnouts from the main trail with benches if you'd like to take a moment and take in the views of Big Bear.
- When you reach the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail, head south east along Cougar Crest Trail following the sign for "Bertha Peak".
- The next 0.7 miles will include some steep grade as you work your way to the top of Bertha Peak. There will be plenty of spots to take a break to admire higher views of Big Bear if you become a bit winded during the last leg of this hike.
- When you reach the top of Bertha Peak at the service station, take in the views and enjoy a snack. After you're finished relaxing, return back the way you came.
- Elevation at summit: 8,036 feet