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Cougar Ridge

 3.4 (13)

4.9 Miles 8.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

269' 82 m

Ascent

-2,761' -842 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

10,688' 3,258 m

High

8,195' 2,498 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

Conditions


Minor Issues 8 days ago
Fallen Trees - Many fallen trees on the trail which require you to get off your bike. History

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An adventurous and scenic route starting with awesome singletrack and ending with newly built switchbacks.

Nick Wilder

Dogs Unknown

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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 to 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.

To continue down from here, follow the trails as it rapidly descends through a host of new switchbacks built by volunteer trail crews. When you get to the Lionshead rock formation, hop off your bike and enjoy the scenery.

Back on the trail, the grade eases up as you 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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Jul 6, 2018
Mimi Short
Started at Eagles Nest & rode the Grand Traverse first. Beautiful day!! Lotta downed trees on Cougar ridge before the steep descent. 11.2mi
Sep 13, 2017
Aaron T.
Sep 2, 2017
Jonah Lefkoff
Beautiful afternoon ride. No one on the trail! 4.9mi
Nov 6, 2016
Ethan Fitzcharles
Aug 12, 2016
Marilyn Lenox
Beautiful challenging ride.
Aug 18, 2015
Phil Hawkins
Aug 14, 2012
Jason Lampenrider

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Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 13 votes

#11

in Vail Resort

#7585

Overall
  3.4 from 13 votes
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Rankings

#11

in Vail Resort

#819

in Colorado

#7,585

Overall
266 Views Last Month
3,739 Since Sep 16, 2012
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Brian Rodine
Vail, CO
Brian Rodine   Vail, CO
Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) are in the middle of a multi year project on Cougar Ridge - learn more and sign up to volunteer here: voc.org/project/mike-obrien… Aug 3, 2016
I can only hope the trail work skills improve...as the new corners are some of the worst I have encountered in any trail system and the new rerouting seems to just wander around possible trail features versus finding enjoyable forest features to incorporate within a trail. May 20, 2018
Conditions vary greatly on this trail. Early on it is quite easy, but later gets into some very steep, loose, and rocky switchbacks. Conditions when I rode it (July 2018) were very dry, so the terrain was also loose and sandy in spot. I would also recommend some armored tires, such as Schwalbe Snakeskins, as there are many rocks you will hit at speed. I got one puncture on the way down with my Snakeskin Nobby Nics, but Orange Seal Endurance was able to seal it up before I hit Minturn. If you are bored with the normal flow trails down the front of Vail, I would definitely recommend exploring and giving Cougar Ridge a go. The ride back to Vail isn't too bad. 2 days ago

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