Cougar Crest Trail

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Cougar Crest Trail, Big Bear, CA 92314
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  • Open: 24 Hours

Cougar Crest Trail, located in San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, California, is a rewarding hiking experience offering breathtaking views. This dog-friendly trail is approximately 5.6 miles roundtrip and is considered a moderate-level hike.

The path takes you through pine forests, along ridge lines, and to viewpoints overlooking the picturesque Big Bear Lake. The trail comes with occasional gradual inclines with rocky outcrops. In addition, many parts of the trail are exposed to the sun so make sure to keep yourself and your dog hydrated.

In terms of amenities, a few porta-potties are located at the trailhead. There are also dog waste bag dispensers though it’s advisable to always bring your own bags in case it’s empty.

As one of the more popular trails in the Big Bear Lake area, Cougar Crest can attract a moderate crowd, particularly on weekends and holidays. For a quieter and more peaceful experience, consider hiking on weekdays or early mornings to avoid peak times. The trail is generally accessible to most hikers, with a well-maintained path and clear markers.

Cougar Crest Trail has a decent parking area, but it’s important to note that spaces can fill up quickly. Arriving early is advisable to secure a parking spot and start your hike without any delays.

For those seeking a more leisurely experience, you can hike a shorter portion of the trail and still enjoy the views. Another shorter trail with lake views is Castle Rock Trail located on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake.

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What to Expect

Dogs required on leash Shade in some areas A few benches Lots of parking available Porta potty No drinking water available No wheelchair access Lake view Dirt, Forest, Boulders, Gradual inclines and declines

Things to Know

  • An adventure pass or America the Beautiful pass is required.
  • Watch out for rattlesnakes hiding under logs or boulders. Watch where you step and keep your dog close.

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