Cougar Crest Trail

MODERATE 220 reviews

Cougar Crest Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
895 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Big Bear Lake, CA: From the Discovery Center on the northeast shore of Big Bear Lake the trailhead is located 0.6-mile to the west on Highway 38. Or you can park for free until 6 PM at the Discovery Center and walk the 0.6-mile west on Highway 38 to the Cougar Crest Trail.

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Beautiful view points!

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13 days ago

Beautiful day today, low 60s, comfortable in shorts & T-shirt. Made it to Pacific Crest Trail sign. Nice benches under shade tree there. Great view of the lake. Great spot for our picnic lunch.

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22 days ago

Great hike! once you get to the main junction at the top you can keep going up to Bertha Peak but stick to the right. Overall a great hike with amazing views of Big Bear Lake.

Great hike. Awesome views of the lake. Can take the trail to meet up with the PCT. Loved this hike

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30 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes! So scenic, not too much foot traffic. Challenging but not too strenuous. The path was easy to follow too. Highly recommend!

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1 month ago

Beautiful views all along this trail. It is pretty rocky so watch your footing. Must have an adventure pass when parking at the trail head or they will ticket you.

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1 month ago

We hiked on Labor Day weekend so the trail had quite a few other hikers. It will be nice to go back and see what the traffic is like on the trail on a regular weekend. The views are beautiful! The trail is rocky so be mindful of your footing