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Nature Discovery Trail - 1E51, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Big Bear - Jacinto
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Distance Lasso-Loop 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,846 feet
Elevation Gain 76 feet
Accumulated Gain 76 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.88
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PCT C - Cougar Crest - Alpine Pedal Path
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Jun
Sun  5:32am - 5:52pm
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The Nature Discovery Trail is a 0.5 mile loop trail that gently winds its way through the forest behind the Big Bear Discovery Center. The trail is complete with 3 benches to stop and take in the fresh air along with peekaboo views of Big Bear Lake and Mt. San Gorgonio. Opened in spring 2013, future plans include the addition of interpretive signs to educate visitors about the natural history of the area.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Nature Discovery Trail - 1E51
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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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