Crystal Mountain via PCT

EASY 51 reviews

Crystal Mountain via PCT is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
570 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


17 days ago

Nice little short hike. Nothing too steep, great for beginners. When you reach the parking lot at the end, you can take a short detour to the right to a steep incline to a nice view on the rocks

20 days ago

Love the PCT! Nothing else like it. Very pretty views.

26 days ago

It’s not clear where the Trail for Crystal Mountain ends but it offers amazing views of the Mohave.

1 month ago

Good little hike, go when its cooler weather.

4 months ago

So fun. Did it Saturday on Labor Day weekend and didn't see anyone. Beautiful and quiet!

5 months ago

Saw no other hikers on the entire trail on a sunny Tuesday morning. Fairly easy going. Initially shaded, then pretty exposed for the second half of the trail. Lots of lovely views and still very green for the time of year.

5 months ago

Started at PCT trail, hiked past Crystal Mountain and then cut across to Eye of God. Beautiful views.

6 months ago

Easy parking for all cars in a large lot on the side of road.

Trail was easy and had a few shaded spots. Couple of really nice views. Good for a day hike.

8 months ago

Wife and I did this trail while staying up in Big Bear, the weather was perfect, mid 70's. Little difficult for her, she's not use to the elevation, 6850 ft average. However, she did also enjoyed. The views of the desert floor were great.

Friday, October 14, 2016

thru hiked the PCT 2016 the entire trail is worth hiking

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hard to find this trail from this app. From Baldwin Lake Rd turn left onto Vale (dirt road). right after the turn is a fire road (also dirt and not great unless you have a truck) Turn left onto the fire road or park and walk. The trail head is the first place you can turn off to the left from the fire road. Walk up the incline and there it is! Beautiful view and a nice, pretty easy walk. Eye of God is across the road but that is a sacred Native American site so please be respectful if you go. I was disappointed to see that someone trashed a medicine wheel that was there a few weeks ago.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

nice hike, cool views

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hard to find using the app. But there was a lot to look at and using our scavenger hunt list made it fun. It's not crowded but you will see mountain bikers and now I'm interested in the history of this trail.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A nice hike on the PCT, started off Highway 18. Took a little longer than if I were to start off of Vale Road. So clear and clean today after all of our rains, great day to be outdoors. Spent some time digging around for some crystals, found loads of cool rocks too.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fun little hike with nice views of desert and mountains. From the parking area the trail is just to the right. It is part of the PCT. You will see crystal mountain after about 15 to 20 min of hiking. The mountain is off to the right of a trail on a well worn trail.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cool place off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Took a group of cub scouts there and they had fun. Make sure you look up the history. I guess this is the place that brought people to the Big Bear Valley. It would be cool to see how big this peak really was before it was mined. Nice and short hike.

Monday, August 29, 2011

An easy hike with beautiful views of the desert (Cactus Flats & Mojave) walking single file with the opportunity to hunt for crystals sitting on or just under the surface of the ground at the end of the trail.

I took my Cub Scout troop up there in late August and they hiked the trail without any issues, stopping along the way to learn about the local flowers & fauna. And of course, the boys had a blast hunting for crystals.

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