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Great trail. Easy enough to take kids and dogs. Some great views of the lake. Not a lot of parking though.

Excellent view at the top but lacks proper trail path. Climbing to the top of the rocks can be bit problematic for people who are not accustomed to rock climbing.

After reading reviews about this trail, I decided to head up the mountain this morning to make this my first solo hike. The directions are spot on and take you right to the start of the trail head. No adventure parking pass needed. I’m not the most out of shape person, but the first half mile is uphill and will get your heart pumping but it definitely pays off. There is a beautiful lookout of the lake about half way through the trail. The trail was well kept and tons of signage to keep you on course. I got up there around 10am and there were only a handful of people on the trail. There was definitely more traffic on my way down, so I recommend getting here early. Will definitely be doing this again!

Beautiful trail but don't go mid day. Hanna Flats all the way up to Gray's Peak is not worth the view at the top.

hiking
17 days ago

Great views! The trail is not clearly marked so make sure you don’t get off track. Definitely do not try and bring a stroller or a small one who can’t climb. In order to reach the top, be prepared to climb. Phenomenal views at the top!

on Cougar Crest Trail

17 days ago

Great trail!

We hiked this yesterday for the second time. We reached the trail at about 1:30 pm on Labor Day and the parking lot was full. We ended up parking at the Discovery Center and walked a short paved path to Cougar Crest Trail. The trail is challenging in that it’s very rocky. Wear hiking boots if you can. The views of the lake and the forest are amazing. I will keep coming. Great day hike!

on Castle Rock Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Went earlier this morning and we all loved it. It’s a little hard at times some steep hills, but they say the best view is after the hardest hike, and this view was amazing!

Took the whole family including a 6 year old and 9 year old. We have not been actively hiking lately and this was a great trek. The first 1/4 mile is pretty much a straight up incline and at 7000 ft elevation you feel it. After that it was a great day and found a nice picnic spot near the lake.

hiking
19 days ago

nice uphill hike. small climb to the top with nice lookout of lake

This was a great hike some shade and nice incline. Beautiful view of the lake.

walking
20 days ago

Hiked this trail today with our 8 and 5 year old kids. We made it about 1.5 miles up (elevation change of about 250 feet). We stopped at the turnoff for the Gray's Peak trail. Kids complained, but that's what kids do. I'd say it was a moderate hike. Nice way to spend an afternoon. Lots of views of the lake along the hike.

One of the best scenic view in all of Big Bear Lake.

off road driving
26 days ago

Drove this road in a stock Tacoma Off-Road. Only a couple sections where the 4WD was really needed. Lots of switchbacks and ruts. The view from the top was awesome. We had a really clear day and could see for miles and miles. If you’re in Big Bear definitely take this trail.

The view is breathtaking

hiking
28 days ago

What a great trail! The gate was open so we drove in for about a mile so our entire hike was closer to seven miles, instead of ten. We parked on the side of the road in a dirt patch and then hiked the rest of the way. There were several cars passing us along the trail. It is a fire road the whole way up and then there is a trail through the rocks to get to the lookout. The trail isn't too steep. No one was was there when we got up there. Really great views all around.

hiking
28 days ago

Loved this trail. Hiked with my 16-year old daughter and my black lab.
Fun and great views!!!!

Great hike and beautiful views! The trail gets more difficult to follow half way up.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really good hike. Only reason why I give it 4 stars is because it’s all fire road until you get to the Ranger Station then it’s a short scramble up some switchbacks to a really cool lookout point. Would be perfect if it had a little more varied terrain. I went very early on a weekday morning and it was desolate. Didn’t see another soul the entire time. Very good workout and steady elevation gain. This is an excellent hike if your training for something more substantial as well. Worth the trip for sure. I parked at the very head of the trail but there are some areas you can park once you enter onto the road. I assume you probably need an adventure pass as well. The GPS directions lead you right to the base of the fire road/Trail. Rewarding views from the top!

Beautiful trail. Harder than moderate for me but I’m fresh out of a major back surgery. If you’re in good shape I can see it being a moderate hike. All uphill and lots of boulders and dense forest make it visually spectacular. It’s the most popular hiking trail in Big Bear Lake so it’s crowded on warm weekends. Parking is limited so get there early or go mid week. Also wear good shoes with grip, coming down can get slippery in the gravel and sandy areas.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike the Tuesday following Memorial Day weekend and it was empty. We started the hike off the trailhead and climbed our way up a hill with some huge boulders on top. From there we climbed up and down a few more hills until we found the wooden steps. We took a short break on the wooden benches and saw a ton of chipmunks and baby squirrels as we dug into some trail mix. From there we kept trekking but soon got lost. This trail is very easy to get lost on, especially with no one around. Luckily we found a few trail signs and managed to make sense of them to reach the top. We definitely made this hike more challenging than it needed to be, but it does get fairly steep at some points. Overall, awesome views and fun to explore!

It was very hot and dry, so carry plenty of water. Trail is well maintained with great views. The last half mile or so was very steep. My GPS recorded 7.2 mile to the top of Bertha Peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Pretty much all up hill on the way there. Once you make it to the top, coming down is easy. There was a rattle snake curled up on the side of the trail.
Great views from the peaks of the rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and it helped having trees for shade when we needed it. We got up partial way in our car and hiked the rest. Volunteer rangers at the top were really friendly and loved talking about the terrain. I highly recommend this hike.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice hike. More easy than moderate. Many people seen wearing only very simple shoes. Than it can't be very difficult. Great views but the lake disappointed a little.

I love this....

Great trail, well constructed and maintained. A push for this 71 yr old

Fun hike, great views.

A nice hike with family. Had fun climbing on the rocks!

Beautiful view once you get to the top!

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