Cougar Crest Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Big Bear Lake, CA: From the Discovery Center on the northeast shore of Big Bear Lake the trailhead is located 0.6-mile to the west on Highway 38. Or you can park for free until 6 PM at the Discovery Center and walk the 0.6-mile west on Highway 38 to the Cougar Crest Trail.
One of the best hikes I've done. The hike takes you to the Pacific Crest Trail. That alone is an accomplishment. The views are amazing all around are amazing.
So far this is my favorite Big Bear trail. There are all kinds of different lengths for this trail but it is about 4 miles round trip. Just enough incline to get some cardio. I turned around at the split to Bertha and PCT because it was pretty breezy up there and I had no jacket. I will go back for Bertha. The trail is much more woodsy than Grays peak. Lots of little animals and birds. I read about rattlers on this trail but I saw none. Great views of the lake. Saw some Hawks. Go early to avoid the crowds. Once all the people show up the animals disappear. This time I started at 8 but next time I will start at dawn to avoid the groups. everyone was nice, but there were several big groups of kids and the noise scares away the wild life. Pretty rocky so wear hiking boots. Great trail!
Moderate trail with gradual incline til the end. Rocky.
Amazing views of the lake
Easy/moderate, with constant elevation on the way out. Rocky trail with partial shade and good views. Not too busy on a weekday, but probably heavily trafficked at weekends and holidays. Discovery Center by the car park is small but worth a visit, with clean restrooms.
Take it all the way to Bertha!
best views the only downfall.is it Is a little rocky so boots would be good