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Cougar Ridge

 12 votes

Length

4.9 Miles 8.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

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

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

Nick Wilder

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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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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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  3.3 from 12 votes

#10

in Vail Resort

#10535

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#10

in Vail Resort

#938

in Colorado

#10,535

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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

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