Ascent of Bertha Peak on 1995-06-10

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, June 10, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bertha Peak
    Elevation:8201 ft / 2499 m

Ascent Trip Report

At the junction of highways 18 and 38 at the west end of Big Bear Lake take route 38 NE toward the town of Fawnskin. Drive through Fawnskin and at 5.2 miles turn left on Holcomb Valley Road which is route 2N09. The road is paved for a few hundred feet and then becomes a good graded dirt road. After 1.5 miles continue straight where road 2N71 turns off to the left. At 2.0 miles park on the right by a locked gated where the road makes a sharp turn to the left. Start the hike here following the access road that leads to the summit. After about 10 minutes on the road you'll note that the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road. Then the PCT will cross the road again in a short distance. On top there are several buildings housing radio equipment and one is exactly on the highest spot. The views of Big Bear Lake and the San Gorgonio Summit to the south are great. The hike is 2.5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 800 ft. Hiking time is about 45 minutes to the top and 30 minutes to return. An alternate hike which is 4 miles round-trip is on the Cougar Crest trail from highway 38 a half mile west of the Big Bear Ranger Station. There is a signed trailhead with good parking. This trail is described in "Walking Southern California" by John McKinney. See pages 221-222. This route also appears in "San Bernardino Mountain Trails" by John W. Robinson on page 72. 6/95 RLC
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