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21G

Bertha Peak

8201'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 3 miles north of the town of Big Bear Lake, 102 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Fawnskin 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3 1/4 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 800'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: John Backus, January 1980

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 210.
  • Drive east on SR 210 to SR 330.
  • Drive north on SR 330 to SR 18 at the town of Running Springs.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to the dam at Big Bear Lake. Turn left on SR 38.
  • Drive on SR 38 to Fawnskin.
  • Continue east on SR 38 for 2.0 miles to Polique Canyon Road (Holcomb Valley turnoff). Turn left (north). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.5 miles, T intersection with 2N71 to the left. Go right (northeast) on 2N09.
  • At 2.0 miles, a gated road on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (7420'), hike north on 2N09 about 250 yards to where the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses the road. Turn right (east).
  • Continue about 1 1/2 miles to where the PCT begins to pass the north slope of Bertha.
  • Leave the trail here and hike southeast up the slope to the summit. There is a radio transmitter site on the summit.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

From the same parking area, pass the gate and hike east up road 2N09C to the summit.


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 7.0 miles round trip on trail and dirt road
Gain: 1500' total, 1425' out plus 75' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Peter Doggett, April 2009

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Follow Route 1 directions to Fawnskin.
  • From Fawnskin, continue 2.5 miles east on SR-38 to the Cougar Crest Trailhead parking lot. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the Cougar Crest Trailhead (elevation 6850') hike north about 0.1 mile on a paved walking path.
  • As the paved path turns to the right, continue straight on a dirt road and hike up to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Upon reaching the PCT (2 miles from your car), turn right and proceed another 0.5 miles to another dirt road.
  • Leave the PCT, turn right and follow this dirt road for about 1 mile to the summit.

SPECIAL NOTE

The views of Big Bear Lake from much of this route are very nice.


History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 18-May-2009
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