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Cougar Crest Trail - 1E22, CA

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,857 feet
Elevation Gain 819 feet
Accumulated Gain 824 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.15
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PCT C - Cougar Crest - Alpine Pedal Path
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San Gorgonio Pass to I-15 Cajon Pass - PCT C
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A well-maintained path through a wide variety of natural environments distinguishes the Cougar Crest. It starts 0.6 of a mile west of the Discovery Center on HWY 38. (You can park for free until 5:00 pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center and walk the 0.6 mile to the trailhead.) In the first mile there’s only a gentle uphill increase, but within the second mile you’ll realize that you’re gaining serious altitude. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail (No bicycles on PCT).

To Bertha Peak: Continue east (right) on the Pacific Crest Trail to a dirt maintenance road. Continue 0.6 on maintenance road until you reach the summit of Bertha Peak (8,201 feet); easily recognized by the large collection of communication equipment at the top. From the summit there’s a near 360 degree view of the Bear Valley, Holcomb Valley, even the Mojave Desert.

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Cougar Crest Trail - 1E22
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    PCT C - Cougar Crest - Alpine Pedal Path
    Back on the PCT after 17 years! I did about a half mile in the 90s near Mountain Center. Tag on about 12 mi today and I should be to 1% in 20 years. Of course I hiked one of the nicer southern portions going around Big Bear so I haven't a clue on the mundane miles.

    I didn't have much planned. Instead I relied on the national PCT to be well trodden and signed. It is definitely well used and manicured. A slight guessing game when it crosses bike paths. Yet generally within a hundred yards is a sign declaring no bikes or motorized vehicles.

    No hikers passed until I reached Cougar Crest, just picnic'rs and teens near road crossings. The half mile before CC is pretty much world class hiking. Yes I've been to Antarctica... peanut gallery. Gnarly juniper overlooking the lake with the ski slopes dwarfed by the alpine cap of Mt Gorgonio, accented by puffy clouds.

    A few nice displays. Roadside Blanketflower stole the show.

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