Los Angeles: Bertha Peak

Catch killer views of Big Bear Lake and hike a short leg of the Pacific Crest Trail on this 7.8-mile out-and-back to an 8,200-foot peak.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.3
  • Miles from city center: 98



Location: 34.2650756835938, -116.910888671875

Hike N, ascending on Cougar Crest Trail, an old logging road. Be constant and move smoothly; it’s a 1,500-foot climb to the summit


Location: 34.2684211730957, -116.909622192383

Contour to E side of drainage through piñon-juniper woodlands


Location: 34.2694549560547, -116.906784057617

Rest a bit; gradient eases for a short stint


Location: 34.2759056091309, -116.907531738281

Big views to the emerald waters of Big Bear Lake. Old news reports say giant bears once roamed the woods here. Now, ski resorts cling to the slopes above the lake


Location: 34.2798042297363, -116.915603637695

Hit the ridgeline and head E away from terrain dropping steeply into Poligue Canyon


Location: 34.2809906005859, -116.910194396973

R onto the Pacific Crest Trail; note that the path becomes rockier


Location: 34.2811164855957, -116.90599822998

R off the PCT onto Bertha Peak Rd., a 4WD track winding through more twisted stands of western juniper


Location: 34.2829322814941, -116.89933013916

Bertha Peak (8,201 ft.): If clear skies, nearly endless views to San Gorgonio, Holcomb Valley, and Big Bear Lake—even the Mojave Desert radiates in the far distance. Backtrack to trailhead

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