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Bertha Peak Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily 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 running and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 1,318 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Running Forest Lake Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Chuck Orozco
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Amazing..long way to the top of you wanna rock n roll.

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George Moreno
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Gary Mack
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HikingRocky

Very rocky, but fun trail. Same hike as cougar crest with about an additional mile up to the top. The addition is a bit steeper. It views at the top are worth it.

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Jeroen Quint
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Nice trail, well maintained, partially shady. Nice views. Great benches along the trail to enjoy the scenery or to take a break and have a picnic.

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Katherine Hurley
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Amanpreet Singh
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Jennifer Lock
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Steep at the very end. great views, but no 360 view due to cell tower, etc.

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Qingxiang Jia
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Paul Marquez
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

my wife and myself completed this hike 2 weeks ago and it was nice! gradual/steady incline for the first 2.5 miles but the scenic views grab your attention and worth it. The last mile is rocky and a steep incline. Be prepared. You will feel the piercing rocks on your shoe bottoms. At the top or peak of Bertha, it was beautiful. It's best to have cushion shoe soles endure the rocky trails. overall, Great hike! 4.75/5.

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Matt Sobota
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Nice views, decent amount of shade.

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Spencer Brooks
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail up in Big Bear looking over the lake. Started at around 9 am on a Saturday and only saw around 10-15 people on the entire hike. Not very difficult but it will get you breathing heavy due to the elevation. Beautiful views once you get higher up. Highly recommend!

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Sarah Harrington
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Beautiful views of Big Bear Lake. Nice little climb there at the end up to Bertha’s (last .5 mi). I took a little detour on the PCT on the way back down which made it a bit longer. No bugs. Very limited shade.

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Liz Upsall Aderhold
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amazing views.

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daniel WEATHERHOLT
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Jennifer B
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Alright! This trail is beautiful that’s Forsure! It can be a little challenging at times, however many in their 60s were hiking, so you can do it!! Check out my photos! Made it to Bertha peak <3 ENJOY ... BRING LOTS OF WATER AND APPLES FOR NATURAL HEALTHY ENERGY

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Jared Johns
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great hike, many amazing views of the lake. kudos to those social distancing and wearing masks on the trail. I'll be back soon!

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Yuri Servedio
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! Lots of shade so for these hot days it was great. Started around 8:20 up to cougar crest and decided to go for the Bertha Peak. After the junction of the Cougar Crest Trail things get a bit steep so we had to slow down the pace a bit. All in all, it was an amazing trail! The view of the lake and the nature around you are just amazing. We saw several more people wearing masks when comparing to a few weeks ago. Still, it would be great if everyone was respecting this simple act on trails.

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TJ Kodras
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Daniel Harley
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Went on a hike with Victorville Scout Troop 50, which is my son's scout troop. Been to the Discovery Center a few times , but never hiked to Bertha Peak. It was near 110 in the High Desert on this day, so it was nice to be somewhere where it was a mere 80. The parking lot was packed. Part of our group had to park on the street. The four star rating was because the nearby Discovery Center including the parking lot was closed, which would have allowed for more and safer parking. Lots of people on the trail that day. The hike itself was great. Trail is well maintained. Tree coverage made it pleasant. Benches along the way were well placed. Great views as soon as the trail crests the ridge. Intersection between Cougar Trail and PCT looks a bit worn down. Sign has been carved and defaced pretty bad. Final accent was a little challenging. trail/road gets a little steep. Loose gravel and rocks. Started to rain and thunder as we neared the summit. Slow and steady made way to the top. Well worth it. Great view of Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley. Wonderful place for lunch and a quick nap before the descent. On the way back, got a few sprinkles which kept everything cool. Noticed the standing rocks on the way down (see pics). Also seen an old mining camp. Actual length was 7.7 and tooks a little less than 5 hours total. Will certainly do this again.

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Lina Valeckaite
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Nikki Katz
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Great trail, great views. But too many people and not enough with masks.

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Ted Gablin
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HikingGreat!

We had an awesome hike today. We started at 7am up Cougar Crest Trail with a nice steady climb. When we got to the junction to head up to Bertha’s Peak it got a little steep, but this 64 yr old was still able to manage. Brought along our Golden Retriever who absolutely loved it. What a spectacular view. Got rained on the last hour of our hike down the trail.

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Naren Gunasekera
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great views, we got a bit sidetracked on the pct to get some extra mileage. last mile is a bit steep. Check the weather before you go. We had a hailstorm and thunderstorm at the top. Lightning hit a tree nearby and set it on fire. Certainly an interesting experience.

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Marie Angiuli
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Great trail. The last mile was a little steep but definitely doable. Mostly shaded

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Timothy Rosnick
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This is a nice trail to a peak with pretty good views. The trail up to Cougar Crest isn't too steep, but once you get to the forest road it gets steeper. Beware afternoon thundershowers. My day started sunny and warm, but the thunderstorms moved in around noon and dumped rain until I left around 2:30.

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Dave Kim
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The first half was shady, but the 2nd half was mostly open and yes, that last mile is tough! but overall great, easy-ish hike. My dog doesn't handle the midday sun well though, and he had to take numerous breaks in the 2nd half

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Debbie Wrenshall
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Lovely trail, well maintained, great view at peak

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David Stanton
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Billy James
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Last mile was tough. Pretty easy other than that.

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