Join Lori as she leads a group up to Bertha Peak. Just-under 8 mile round-trip hike from the Big Bear Discovery Center that really highlights everything you’ll want to experience on the north shore of Big Bear Lake — wide lake vistas, great cedars and pines, a meandering, rocky trail, and outstanding views along the way and from the top of Bertha Peak.
The trail from the Discovery Center to the Cougar Crest trailhead is a .6 mile paved path. From there, you meet up with the Cougar Crest trail, a well-maintained single track trail for the majority of the ascent. This route then meets up with the Pacific Crest Trail and finishes up with a ¾ mile steep climb up a fire road to the top of the peak.
- Popular, but not crowded
- Gradual but steady ascent
- Panoramic views of Big Bear Lake and the deserts of the Antelope Valley and Mojave
- How To get There: From the corner of Big Bear Lake Blvd. and Village Drive in Big Bear Lake — travel east on CA-18 (Big Bear Blvd.) for 2.9 miles, then turn left on the Stanfield Cutoff. There will be signs for the Discovery Center. Cross the causeway, and in 0.4 miles, turn left at CA-38 / North Shore Drive. Continue heading west for 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center will be on your right. No Adventure Pass needed for parking at the Discovery Center.
Elevation Gain: 1310 feet
Difficulty – Moderate, last ¾ mile Moderately Strenuous
What to bring: at least 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, layers of clothing, sunscreen, camera, hiking poles if you use them.
You can also refer to the following link regarding the 10 essentials to have when hiking:
Also, what you bring from this list of essentials will depend on the individual's preferences, knowledge, experience, climate and locations may/will require substitutions.
Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the Palm Springs&Inland Empire Hiking Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.