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blueBlack Cougar Ridge

Trail

4.9 mile 8.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 269' 82 m
Descent: -2,761' -842 m
High: 10,688' 3,258 m
Low: 8,195' 2,498 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

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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 8, 2018
Raúl Gross
Sep 7, 2018
C P
Jul 24, 2018
barry Sandler
Awesome ride through gamecreek bowl to Minturn. Some of the downhill in the lower 1/3 is pretty rocky and sketchy. My 15 yo son was off his bike alot
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.

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Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 19 votes

#8

in Vail Resort

#6693

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  3.4 from 19 votes
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#8

in Vail Resort

#673

in Colorado

#6,693

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