Bertha Peak via Cougar Crest Trail

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Trail Distance: 8 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hr+
Elevation Gain: 1289 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $5
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description
Bertha Peak via Cougar Crest Trail is a great way to see the diversity of the area's natural beauty. From the peak, you'll see Big Bear Lake to one side, and the great expanse of the Mojave desert to your other side. The views are what make this hike worth it, but there's plenty for your dog to love as well! 


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!

Trail Features
Mountains, Steep Inclines
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
You're going to be far off the beaten track, so be sure you're prepared with plenty of water for you and your dog.
Address
40971 North Shore Drive/Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
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Address
40971 North Shore Drive/Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset