Cougar Ridge

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Trail

4.9 Miles 8.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

269' 82 m

Ascent

-2,761' -842 m

Descent

10,688' 3,258 m

High

8,195' 2,498 m

Low

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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An adventurous and scenic route starting with awesome singletrack but ending with steep ruts.

Nick Wilder

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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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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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  3.2 from 6 votes

#9

in Vail Resort

#8662

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in Vail Resort

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in Colorado

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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: http://www.voc.org/project/mike-obrien-memorial-project-cougar-ridge-trail-restoration-1 Aug 3, 2016


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