Bertha Peak Trail

MODERATE 270 reviews

Bertha Peak Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

trail running
4 days 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.

Fun hike, great views.

1 month ago

good hike with great views from the peak. very steep near the top. my dog also liked it.

2 months ago

I did Bertha Peak about week or so ago for the first time, and it was a good hike up until you get to the climb for Bertha itself and then it becomes challenging. definitely a good workout and climb, and the view of the lake once you're up there is pretty badass. definitely recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail the last 1/4 miles is pretty tuff worth the view though

2 months ago

great hike the last 1/4 mile a killer

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hike with lots of panoramic views.

4 months ago

Great hike fairly easy,

hiking
6 months ago

Great views. Moderately challenging at the end with large incline. Overall pretty nice hike.

6 months ago

Great hike

6 months ago

good hike, great views, ruined with a giant satellite at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike! Great views. Nice and steady.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice view from the top. The cougar crest half isn’t to bad but once you hit the road there are some good climbs.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with easy to follow trail. You can park for free at the big bear discovery centre & walk along the short connection trail from there to the start of the trail head.

8 months ago

nice trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Starts in the North side of Big Bear. Parking lot holds about 40 cars. Some sites say its a 4 hour hike.The first 3 miles is a fairly gradual slope, kinda easy. The last 1/2 mile gets pretty steep and challenging. You get to see the pump station at the peak from time to time as you round some corners. The views are some of the best I've seen! We ran down and completed it in 2:19.

9 months ago

great winter hike the Sun hits this side of the mountain there for the snow melt pretty quickly making it a great winter hike and a great view of the desert side and the lake

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike with amazing views of Big Bear Lake. Not hard at all but there are some steep sections. Overall a great hike!

10 months ago

Loved every minute!!! Trail isn't too hard and the views are awesome

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked this trail today and it was absolutely amazing. It is a little challenging, especially towards the end getting up to the peak. The views are incredible and there are lots of little side trails and places to stop and picnic or just rest and take in the views. The place is pristine - not a single piece of trash or litter anywhere - great to see people so respectful! The weather was perfect - definitely bring a lot of water and stay hydrated - your sweat evaporates (as it should) in the altitude and so it's hard to tell you're working so hard without seeing the sweat. We had a large camelback that lasted for the trip, and a few granola bars as well. Stop by the North Shore Cafe when you're done for a drink and a bite!

hiking
11 months ago

We parked at the Cougar Crest parking lot and hiked to Bertha's Peak from there. Definitely challenging for amateur hikers but doable! The trail seems to split at one point past the PCT trail marker and its not clearly marked which direction you should take. However, if you stay to the left you will be following the access road which would be the best option for those who aren't so sure footed. If you take the fork to the right it will be a steep and rocky incline that meets up with the access road so either path will keep you headed in the right direction. We ate lunch at the peak and enjoyed the gorgeous view of Big Bear lake. Another hiker offered to take a group photo of us with the lake in the background. Very thoughtful and it created a great memory for our group!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views all along this trail. Bring plenty of water with you. The Cougars Crest portion of this trail is pretty rocky so watch your footing. The last turn onto the access road to go up to the peak is pretty steep but do able. Also must have an adventure pass when parking at the trail head or they will ticket you.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views of big bear. Had a picnic lunch at the top. A little challenging for my hubby at times, but considering he's coming up on one year since his triple bypass, I think he did amazing. The hardest part were the switch backs after you get to the end of the cougar crest trail. Would do again.

11 months ago

Always a great hike. Had to park in the Discovery Center parking lot as the Cougar Crest lot was full. Hiked with my kid. The last 1/2 mile to Bertha Peak is real steep but doable. Just take a few breaks if you need it. Views along the Cougar crest, PCT and Bertha are amazing. Took us 4.5 hours round trip which included a 30 minute break at the summit towers/buildings. Kinda rocky in spots but pretty much dirt trails and the dirt access road to the summit. I would rate this as a moderate 6.5 mile hike.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My daughter and I hiked up to Bertha this morning! Good trail, pretty easily marked, and a steady climb. I suggest one goes early in the morning. Less people and cooler temperatures!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Very nice trail. Keep a fast pace to get a decent workout. Dog friendly, my Aussie was off leash most of the way. On leash when we came about other dogs on leash.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

We have always loved hiking up to the PCT via the Cougar Crest trail. Today we went a bit further and took the PCT about a1/2 mile (south?) before turning right at the metal post which indicates the Bertha's Peak Trail. (the letters are so faded, don't count on being able to read it!) There is no mistaking the upwards hill that takes you on the BP trail, though! There is a straight up hill covered in white rocks. Yup! That's it!
It felt like getting to the BP trail was fairly easy, especially because we got there early before the sun could bake us, but once you start the upwards rocky road to BP, it gets a bit more challenging. It's the perfect amount of challenge though. It's a little demanding while you're doing it, but you know you can do it, and then you're super glad you did do it.
I have always enjoyed the views of Big Bear Lake from the Cougar Crest trail...but I gotta say...the views from the PCT and from Bertha's Peak are superior, making that challenge at the end very rewarding! What a great day to be outdoors!

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Hiked this with my family all the way to the top! It was amazing! A little long for my 9 month old but she was a trooper and did great in the carrier! Definitely doing this again!

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Great trail for beginners and children. The trail is well maintained with a few benches a long the path, and is easy enough that our toddler navigated it just fine!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I loved it. Bring water and snacks

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