Cougar Ridge

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  3.2 from 6 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 5 votes
Rank: #9 in the Vail Resort area
#839 in CO, #7,899 Overall
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Jul 31 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Minturn,
“An adventurous and scenic route starting with awesome singletrack but ending with steep ruts.”
Nick Wilder on Sep 16, 2012
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4.98.0 milesKilometers 269’82 m Ascent 10,688’3,258 m High 12% Avg Grade (7°)
Singletrack Type -2,761’-842 m Descent 8,195’2,498 m Low 30% Max Grade (17°)
Description
Starting from the Grand Traverse trail, pass Vail's helpful sign warning you of impending doom (no lift service, etc).

Fantastic singletrack slowly winds down the ridge, mostly through meadow and dying pine forest. It's a smooth, easy, gentle ride up and down for quite a ways to the end of the ridge, where there's a 100 yard spur path down to a rocky outcropping. Fantastic views abound. You can see the "Lionshead" rock formation if you look down and too the right.

Up to this point the trail is blue, or even green, and not very steep, so you could turn around and head back the way you came.

But to continue down from here, follow the trails as it rapidly descending through very rutted, rocky, and loose terrain. It's solid black diamond trail all the way until you get to the Lionshead rock formation. Hop off your bike and enjoy the scenery.

Back on the trail, the grade eases up and the trail is in much better shape. Enjoy nice forested, wide singletrack to the Game Creek trail junction. Cross the stream, and follow that trail to the end.
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PHOTOS of Cougar Ridge
  4.0 from 1 vote
A few wildflowers left as the aspens decide it's fall. (Minturn, CO)
  3.3 from 4 votes
The top of Cougar Ridge is mellow... and beautiful! (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 1 vote
Highway 24 and the Minturn valley far below. Taken near the "Lionshead"... (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 1 vote
Yer gonna die! Well, probably not, but a stern warning from Vail resort... (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 1 vote
the last bit of easy trail before the descent turns considerably steeper... (Minturn, CO)
  2.0 from 1 vote
At this point, the trail alternates between nice singletrack (like this)... (Minturn, CO)