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Cougar Crest Trail

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 4.6 (16)

Rocky, technical and a blast to ride.


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3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Singletrack

8,133' 2,479 m

High

6,869' 2,094 m

Low

3' 1 m

Up

1,267' 386 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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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 16 votes

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  4.6 from 16 votes
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Easy part of the trail
Mar 31, 2020 near Big Bea…, CA
As you can see if you take the high line, you can ride this section after some practice!
Oct 22, 2020 near Big Bea…, CA
At the connection with Cougar Crest trail your skills will be tested by these unique geological features!
Oct 22, 2020 near Big Bea…, CA
Tecnical sigletrack at the top.
Oct 22, 2020 near Big Bea…, CA
Cougar Crest trail down on a mountain Bike!
Dec 2, 2020 near Big Bea…, CA
Cougar Crest - PCT junction with  a bench and some shade.
Oct 22, 2020 near Big Bea…, CA

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Feb 22, 2021
Alexei Pavlov
Mud in the beginning and snow with ice up top 4mi — 1h 45m
Dec 3, 2020
Jamey Mossengren
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