Bertha Peak Trail

MODERATE 181 reviews

Bertha Peak Trail is a 7.1 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, trail running, and off road driving and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

off road driving

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

1 day ago

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

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4 days 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!

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5 days ago

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9 days 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!

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9 days 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.

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24 days 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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!

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1 month ago

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.

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2 months ago

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!

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2 months ago