Cougar Crest Trail 1E22

Area Status: Open
This is the trailhead for the Cougar Crest Trail north of Big Bear Lake

The Cougar Crest Trailhead is located on North Shore Drive, State Highway 38, approximately 0.6 of a mile west of the Big Bear Discovery Center and 2 miles west of the Stanfield Cutoff. You may also access the trail by parking at the Discovery Center to take the extension paved path that leads you to the trailhead.

On the Cougar Crest Trail you will walk through a wide variety of natural environments. The first mile is a gentle uphill climb, but after a mile or so you will realize you are gaining altitude. The Cougar Crest Trail ends at the juncture of the world famous 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Bicycles are not permitted on the PCT.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Gas/Propane appliances are permitted with fuel shut-off valve, stoves, fire-rings, etc. CA Campfire Permit: 
Area Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: U.S. Fee Area Logo Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page.
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Pacific Crest Trail Logo No Bicycles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)!
Closest Towns: Fawnskin
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:
Mountain Top Ranger District | Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
P.O. Box 69
Fawnskin, CA 92333
1-909-382-2790 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

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Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

2.4 miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


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Toilets: Vault

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