Cougar Crest

4.67 out of 5
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↓ 1,000 ft
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Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Cougar Crest is a rocky, technical trail that measures 2.6 miles one direction. You
can loop it with a couple of gravel roads, or ride it as an out-and-back.

Frankly, Cougar Crest is probably one of the best trails in Big Bear. The views of
the lake and the town and ski resorts across the lake are jaw dropping, and the
rocky, technical singletrack is very different from the trails on the south side of
the lake--in a good way. Where many of the trails on the south side are loose and
rocky with plenty of baby heads flying around as you blast down the trail, the
rocks on Cougar Crest are big and imbedded in the trail, providing a classic rock
garden feel that will punish your suspension--and your body, if you don't pay
attention. Towards the bottom of the trail, things open up and smooth out,
allowing you to blast down on mach 10! Just keep your eyes open for hikers.

Note: mountain bikes are not allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail (which passes the
top of the Cougar Crest Trail).
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (61 total check-ins)
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  jeannine Sitton   on Jul 2, 2019
  G Campbell   on Jun 21, 2019
  Brian Albright   on Sep 27, 2018
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Reviews (3)


September 17, 2016
Review: Definitely a favorite. lots of learning going up and difficult switchbacks with alot of stepups. the trail good time coming down. ground is compact and solid rock.

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September 13, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: This is one of the better downhills in the Big Bear Valley. Pretty rocky with roots in places but it's all ridable and the views are great.

Similar Trail: Castle Rock

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World Champ

July 20, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Just awesome!

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Cougar Crest MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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