Cougar Crest Trail

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Rank: #5 in the Big Bear and San Bernadino National Forest area
#193 in CA, #2,942 Overall
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Trail in the area near Big Bear Lake,
“Rocky, technical and a blast to ride.”
Andy Meadors on Apr 3, 2013
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2.43.8 milesKilometers 0’0 m Ascent 7,650’2,332 m High 6% Avg Grade (4°)
Singletrack Type -787’-240 m Descent 6,863’2,092 m Low 16% Max Grade (9°)
This trail can be busy during the weekends with hikers. Be courteous!
Park in the Cougar Crest trailhead parking lot and go up from there. The trail ends at the junction of the PCT, where bikes are not allowed to ride.

Most expert skilled riders and maybe a few novice riders will be attracted to Cougar Crest trail because of the technical nature of the embedded rocks on the trail. The bottom third is fast (going down) and smooth, then the top two thirds is where it gets fun.

Expect to run into hikers on the weekends, and maybe a few during the weekday as this trail is a popular hiking trail for the locals and visitors. You can already gauge how many people are on the trail by the cars in the parking lot.

Ride this one up and down - both directions are equally fun. It's a favorite trail in the area.
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near Big Bear Lake, CA
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A long shuttle ride through amazing singletrack.
near Big Bear City, CA

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PHOTOS of Cougar Crest Trail
  3.0 from 2 votes
Near the summit on Cougar Crest trail - andy meadors. (Big Bear Lake, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
About half a mile from the top. (Big Bear Lake, CA)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Some of the technical sections. (Big Bear Lake, CA)