September 6, 2017

Bertha Peak at Sunset (Big Bear Lake, California)

Summer sunset seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California)
Summer sunset seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California)

I did a quick hike up to Bertha Peak the other day to try to get a different perspective of my local mountains at sunset. This is a slightly different position than the view from Gray’s Peak, offering a more unobstructed view of the sunset and lake.

I just filmed this with my phone, so apologies for the quality, and sorry that my face is so close to the camera! I guess I learned the hard way. I’m never buying a selfie stick if I can help it, so I’ll try to use my GoPro more instead in the future!

This trip was a bit of a gear test as well! It’s the first time I really used my hiking poles, which I learned are very handy if you have a backpack of any sizeable weight. I still sometimes feel like some arthropod when using them, so I guess you could say I’m still getting used to them!

The Pacific Crest Trail runs right across the hike up to Bertha Peak, so I am thinking of doing an overnight on the trail in the very near future. Time to give more gear a try (bear bag, tent, etc)! But I’ll save that for next time.

Distant hills seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California).  Looks a bit like the Smoky Mountains to me.
Distant hills seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California). Looks a bit like the Smoky Mountains to me.
Mount San Gorgonio (aka Old Greyback) seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California)
Mount San Gorgonio (aka Old Greyback) seen from Bertha Peak (Big Bear Lake, California)
Big Bear Lake at sunset, seen from Bertha Peak
Big Bear Lake at sunset, seen from Bertha Peak

© David Calhoun 2017