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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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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Jun
Sun  6:54am - 5:00pm
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Nearby Area Water
Nature Discovery Trail - 1E51
Nature Discovery Trail - 1E51
0.4 mi away
0.5 mi
76 ft
The Woodland Trail - 1E23
1.3 mi away
1.7 mi
297 ft
Alpine Pedal Path
1.5 mi away
2.5 mi
111 ft
Towne Trail - 1E27
Towne Trail - 1E27
2.0 mi away
1.0 mi
114 ft
Grays Peak Trail - 1W06
2.1 mi away
7.0 mi
1,277 ft
Pineknot Trail - 1E01
2.2 mi away
3.6 mi
1,151 ft
Delamar Mountain
2.7 mi away
1.2 mi
648 ft
Fern Trail 1E31
Fern Trail 1E31
2.8 mi away
1.2 mi
388 ft
Bristlecone Trail 1E32
Bristlecone Trail 1E32
3.3 mi away
0.6 mi
28 ft
Castle Rock Trail - 1W03
Castle Rock Trail - 1W03
3.5 mi away
1.2 mi
770 ft
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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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