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Cougar Crest Trail

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 4.6 (13)

Rocky, technical and a blast to ride.


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

Singletrack

7,650' 2,332 m

High

6,863' 2,092 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

787' 240 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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This trail can be busy during the weekends with hikers. Be courteous!

Description

Park in the Cougar Crest trailhead parking lot and go up from there. The trail ends at the junction of the PCT, where bikes are not allowed to ride.

Most expert skilled riders and maybe a few novice riders will be attracted to Cougar Crest trail because of the technical nature of the embedded rocks on the trail. The bottom third is fast (going down) and smooth, then the top two thirds is where it gets fun.

Expect to run into hikers on the weekends, and maybe a few during the weekday as this trail is a popular hiking trail for the locals and visitors. You can already gauge how many people are on the trail by the cars in the parking lot.

Ride this one up and down - both directions are equally fun. It's a favorite trail in the area.

Contacts

Shared By:

andy meadors with improvements by Alexei Pavlov

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 13 votes

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  4.6 from 13 votes
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#798

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Near the summit on Cougar Crest trail - andy meadors.
Apr 3, 2013 near Big Bea…, CA
Some of the technical sections.
Mar 27, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
About half a mile from the top.
Mar 27, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
A well-worn Cougar Crest Trail sign.
May 23, 2017 near Big Bea…, CA

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Sep 2, 2018
Nigel Aspden
Jul 7, 2018
Marty Johnson
Oct 9, 2016
Dan Cook
super technical fun ride 5.4mi
Jun 28, 2015
Kyle Chin
4.8mi
May 24, 2013
Hans Keifer