The first half mile of this hike is just getting from the parking lot to the trailhead. You can park at Big Bear Discovery Center as long as you have an Adventure Pass which is $5 for day use, and $30 for an annual pass. Then you'll walk half a mile south along the highway to the trailhead for the Cougar Crest Trail.
This trail is a smooth, uphill climb for miles. The natural beauty of the area is evident in its pine trees and rocky outcroppings. You'll have plenty of choice spots to take that perfect selfie! Your dog will love exploring, but be sure to keep them on leash. Being far from the road may be safe, but there's no way to easily find your dog if they run off. Add the presence of squirrels, deer, skunks, raccoons, and other common wildlife, and you have a good reason to keep your pet by your side!
You'll follow the Cougar Crest Trail to the peak, where you'll meet up with a fire road. This road is clearly marked. If you were to continue your hike, you could take this fire road to the next peak. For the purposes of this guide, the fire road marks the end of your adventure. Take in the view from the top! This is a great place to rest, drink some water, and prepare for your return trip!
Bertha Peak via Cougar Crest Trail is a pawsome path for hiking with your pup!