Crystal Mountain via PCT

EASY 9 reviews

Crystal Mountain via PCT is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 715 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


11 days ago

thru hiked the PCT 2016 the entire trail is worth hiking

1 month ago

Hard to find this trail from this app. From Baldwin Lake Rd turn left onto Vale (dirt road). right after the turn is a fire road (also dirt and not great unless you have a truck) Turn left onto the fire road or park and walk. The trail head is the first place you can turn off to the left from the fire road. Walk up the incline and there it is! Beautiful view and a nice, pretty easy walk. Eye of God is across the road but that is a sacred Native American site so please be respectful if you go. I was disappointed to see that someone trashed a medicine wheel that was there a few weeks ago.

4 months ago

nice hike, cool views

4 months ago

Hard to find using the app. But there was a lot to look at and using our scavenger hunt list made it fun. It's not crowded but you will see mountain bikers and now I'm interested in the history of this trail.

6 months ago


1 year ago

A nice hike on the PCT, started off Highway 18. Took a little longer than if I were to start off of Vale Road. So clear and clean today after all of our rains, great day to be outdoors. Spent some time digging around for some crystals, found loads of cool rocks too.

1 year ago

Fun little hike with nice views of desert and mountains. From the parking area the trail is just to the right. It is part of the PCT. You will see crystal mountain after about 15 to 20 min of hiking. The mountain is off to the right of a trail on a well worn trail.

3 years ago

Cool place off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Took a group of cub scouts there and they had fun. Make sure you look up the history. I guess this is the place that brought people to the Big Bear Valley. It would be cool to see how big this peak really was before it was mined. Nice and short hike.

5 years ago

An easy hike with beautiful views of the desert (Cactus Flats & Mojave) walking single file with the opportunity to hunt for crystals sitting on or just under the surface of the ground at the end of the trail.

I took my Cub Scout troop up there in late August and they hiked the trail without any issues, stopping along the way to learn about the local flowers & fauna. And of course, the boys had a blast hunting for crystals.