Bertha Peak Via Holcomb Valley Road (2N09)

EASY 37 reviews

Bertha Peak Via Holcomb Valley Road (2N09) is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles
718 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers


Super easy short hike with great views - Big Bear and San Gorgonio This is a quick, easy, and painless hike to a fairly good size mountain 8201'. You get an amazing view of Big Bear Lake, and the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The only downside is the radio towers on top, but then again you can't have everything. The view from the other side is nice, just not as spectacular, you can see all of Holcomb Valley, Delamar Mountain and into the High Desert. If you've only got a couple of hours to spare in Big Bear, this is the hike for you. The only difficulty is the last .4 of a mile, the road is steep in spots. But, it shouldn't present a challenge to anyone. You may just need a few little rest stops. Bikes are allowed on the roads, but not on the PCT.

12 days ago

Nice but more of a road than a trail for the majority of the distance. Not terribly well marked and easy to get off on an alternate route. The last 1/4 to 1/2 mike is very steep.

25 days ago

Definitely a “moderate”, not an “easy”. Dirt road to access was fine in our regular car as we took it slow, a lot of potholes but they weren’t too deep. Parked on a small pull out just before PCT. Really nice trail but a lot of steep climbing on a dirt road (especially near the top). The PCT options made it much nicer lower down. 4miles rt.

9 months ago

more difficult than stated easy rating

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I read the reviews before trying, but was was unable to access the trailhead by minivan using polique canyon road. The access is via a two mile uphill stretch on unpaved road with tons of holes and sharp rocks. I was concerned that my tires wouldn't make it, so I turned around. I'd recommend you come only with 4wd and be prepared to drive very slowly if you want to get to the trailhead.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Just completed this trail and linked PCT trail to Big Pines. Fantastic views.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Great easy hike for beginners. The views are fantastic as well. It's worth it if you're looking for an easy stroll.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great hike. The first mile was a steady climb before it mellowed out. Then that last mile was tough. But what a great view. My 8 year old son did a great job hiking it. We started at the Discovery Center and that added a half mile to the hike. 9 miles round trip

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Beautiful Easy hike

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Beautiful hike. Great view of the lake from the top. There are several intersections in the trail so bring this app along to use as a map. If you do that it is easy!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

A nice little day hike to do a SOTA activation. The peak at the radio towers were so-so, but the hike had excellent cell service if needed, the parking lot was very nice, and the trail well maintained and navigable. See my website / blog for video footage of this hike and others.

Friday, June 19, 2015

This is a relatively easy hike, except for the confusing array of intersections with the Pacific Crest Trail and forest service roads. Take Polique Canyon Road up from the 38 and park off the road at the top of the hill where it starts down into Holcomb Valley. The way I got through the confusion at trail intersections was to just keep going eastward. You can take either the forest service road or the trail part of the way. It gets steep at the end as you approach Bertha. Great views from the top down to the lake,and on the opposite side into Holcomb Valley, where the town of Belleville once was.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

One other comment I have about this trail, after the rocky portion (first .5 miles), the trail comes along side a fire road. I was very unclear whether to take the fire road or continue on the trail. I would recommend finding out that answer before starting out. It seems that some here continued on the fire road while others stayed on the trail.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Attempted this with my wife and kids (ages 3 and 4). They don't hike much and this was a bit ambitious for them. The first half mile had a lot of uneven, rocky surfaces in the trail. That took a big toll on the wife and kids. After that, the trail narrowed quite a bit but was a flat, even dirt surface. I was very excited when we started on this portion but we only made it about .3 miles before having to turn back.

We had some difficulty getting to and finding the trail. Had I read all the reviews, I wouldn't have had any issues though. To access this trail, do not take Holcomb Valley Road off of North Shore Drive. Rather, take Poligue (sp?) Canyon Drive. It eventually merges with Holcomb Valley Road. This is all dirt roads with lots of potholes so take your time getting up. The trailhead is pretty obvious but it goes in both directions from the road. This trail is on the right hand side.

I would definitely do this hike again and enjoyed a large number of lizards along the trail along with some beautiful vistas.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I did this hike today and it was a lot of fun. The views are great and I only saw two groups of people. There is two parking spots at the trail head which is exactly where alltrails says it is. Fun hike!

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