Cougar Crest Trail

MODERATE 125 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.

5.4 miles 895 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

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.

21 hours ago

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9 days ago

Good hike. Not too difficult. We parked at the Discovery Center and walked to the trailhead from there. A good amount of people on the trail, but it was a Saturday morning. Once we got higher up there were less people. Great benches to sit and enjoy the views.

15 days ago

Love this hike. Back side of the mountain had snow and our dog loved it! Beautiful views overlooking the lake.

15 days ago

15 days ago

I highly recommend going atleast 2.5 miles to see the beautiful views before turning around. So stunning. Great winter trail with spotted snow and beautiful terrain.

22 days ago

very fun just did this trail today highly recommend it to beginner and advanced hikers

22 days ago

Pretty easy hike, couple spots that got your lungs working though. great view at the top.

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23 days ago

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hike was easier than anticipated. Nice and quiet with great views.

1 month ago

This was an incredible hike with breathtaking views. I highly recommend snow shoes because we were slipping and sliding!! This led to some great laughs but sore bodies

1 month ago

This was an incredible hike with breathtaking views. I highly recommend snow shoes because we were slipping and sliding!! This led to some great laughs but sore bodies

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1 month ago

excellent 3 season trail. difficult hiking when snow covered but good for snow shoeing.

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1 month ago

I love this trail.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

One of the best hikes I've done. The hike takes you to the Pacific Crest Trail. That alone is an accomplishment. The views are amazing all around are amazing.

2 months ago

2 months ago