In the first mile there is only a gentle uphill increase, however in mile two, the trail gets steeper and rocky in places. The panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains make it well worth the hike. This is the second of seven summits of Big Bear this spring.
DISTANCE: The hike is about 2.6 miles up, starting at 7000 ft and going up to Bertha Peak at around 8100 ft…We have an option to come down from Bertha Peak and start hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. We may do 2-4 miles on the trail which will bring the total hike to about 8-10 miles depending on where we turn around. This depends on who will join us.
Let’s be on the trail at 9:05 a.m. as it can get hot during the day up here.
Google your way to the Discovery Center in Big Bear on the North Shore. 1/4 of a mile west (toward Fawnskin) of the Discovery Center is the Cougar Crest Trailhead parking lot. If you have never been there, plan on getting lost and begin your journey early. You will need an Adventure Pass.
If you have not hiked Bertha Peak before, my friend says this peak is why elliptical trainers were invented. As this hike is at altitude, please be intermediate-advanced hikers. Please bring gloves, hats, a warm layer as well as all your regular items…water, snacks, etc. Check the weather as the date approaches.
After the hike, we can go to Vons for deli sandwiches and take them to a park near the lake. Some hikers may wish to walk around the Village afterwards.
I have had my two shots, and will bring a mask, we will socially distance.