Cougar Crest Trail

MODERATE 191 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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Nice steady climb with many small shade rest spots.
Even the 5 year old made it easily.
Nice views of the lake.

15 days ago

The wife and I hiked up from the parking lot to the PCT then onward up the access road to Bertha's peak. Good incline in the last mile or so got our East Coast lungs going. We ran back down to the parking lot, which is always fun. Beautiful trees with bright green moss and stellar lake views made this a good one.

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17 days ago

great trail with fantastic scenery. trail intersects with the Pacific crest trail. Big parking lot at trail head.

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25 days ago

such an incredible trail!! breathtaking views the whole way

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Great hike with the dogs with s beautiful view of the lake ..even found a few geocaches ..

1 month ago

loved this hike.. you can keep it short or keep going as it leads into other trails..

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