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Cougar Ridge

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 3.4 (21)

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


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4.9

Miles

8.0

KM

Singletrack

10,688' 3,258 m

High

8,195' 2,498 m

Low

269' 82 m

Up

2,761' 842 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes 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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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 21 votes

#11

in Vail Resort

#7254

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  3.4 from 21 votes
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Trail Rankings

#11

in Vail Resort

#693

in Colorado

#7,254

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Photos

A few wildflowers left as the aspens decide it's fall.
Nov 6, 2012 near Minturn, CO
Highway 24 and the Minturn valley far below.  Taken near the "Lionshead" rock formation that you can easily see from the valley floor.
Nov 5, 2012 near Minturn, CO
The top of Cougar Ridge is mellow... and beautiful!
Nov 16, 2012 near Minturn, CO
Yer gonna die!  Well, probably not, but a stern warning from Vail resort anyways...  This is where Cougar Ridge Trail branches off of Grand Traverse.
Nov 5, 2012 near Minturn, CO
At this point, the trail alternates between nice singletrack (like this) and severely rutted and rocky terrain.
Nov 6, 2012 near Minturn, CO
the last bit of easy trail before the descent turns considerably steeper and rockier.
Nov 6, 2012 near Minturn, CO

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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.