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Cougar Crest Trail

In Big Bear, there are some spectacular sightseeing spots that you just can’t afford to miss. One of those must-see destinations is Big Bear Lake, a sparkling locale imbued with a serene beauty, punctuated by the striking figures of mountaintops jutting into the horizon and lush, dense forest greenery.

Soak up the panoramic views of Big Bear Lake on Cougar Crest Trail, a popular local trail that overlooks the lake and provides visitors with wonderful opportunities for photography and nature watching. Continue reading on below to find out more about Cougar Crest Trail in Big Bear CA!

Cool Features of this Fun Trail

To get to Cougar Crest Trail, you’ll need to begin a little over half of a mile west of the Big Bear Discovery Center on Highway 38. The trail spans a total of about five miles, and is best suited for those with intermediate hiking abilities. Being a popular local trail, the Cougar Crest Trail in Big Bear, CA can sometimes get a little crowded, during which times it is not recommended for biking.

The single track trail takes you through immense ponderosa pines and juniper trees and a gentle uphill climb at the beginning, culminating in an intense altitude gain that peaks at the crossroads of Cougar Crest Trail and the renowned Pacific Crest Trail, where you can see Mexico or Canada from either direction. On your way to the top, the trail opens up to impressive views of Big Bear Lake that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Once you reach the top, you have the option of continuing on to the Pacific Crest Trail (though no biking is allowed on this trail), heading to the top of Bertha Peak, or heading back down the way you came to relive the experience again and soak up the exquisite and diverse natural environment that can be observed on this trail.

Cougar Crest Trail is open throughout the entirety of the year, making it an excellent destination to check out no matter when you decide to visit Big Bear.

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Contact our reservation specialists to learn more about Cougar Crest Trail and other fantastic destinations and activities that await you all over Big Bear when you book your stay in one of the cozy, charming cabins that are available through Big Bear Cabins today.