An instant favorite, Predator brings a rough downhill edge to an already popular biking destination. With a bit of everything including steeps, roots, and berms, this raucous 1.8-mile trail may leave you wanting a downhill bike except that there isn't any shuttle access. Plan on having a blast, but don't expect things to be easy.
Predator starts with a short, well-benched, climb off of Tiger Mountain Road 5500
. An easily recognizable clearing at the top of the rise marks the start of the descent. Once you're ready it's time to pull the ripcord and head down. Predator wastes no time getting started, and the first turn opens with an optional step-down.
From there, masses of roots will play leap-frog with deep berms and high-speed tabletops. Everything is aggressive on Predator, even the flow and rhythm sections require riders to focus and be on point. There's plenty of opportunities to go big or fast, but consequences lurk around each corner so put in a couple of laps to get things dialed first.
At 1.25 miles, the trail makes a series of sharp turns that feed into the Dr. Rockso roll. This feature, which drops onto the climbing road, was designed to act as a formidable deterrent for unprepared riders and to keep hikers off. For riders descending Predator, it is steep
but manageable though the runout is pretty chunky.
Across the road, Predator continues a mellower course back to the upper parking lot. You won't be disappointed, though, as there are quite a few nice touches of tech to keep things exciting as you speed to the bottom. At the very end of the trail is a short but abrupt rock roll into the parking lot. This roll comes up quickly so a speed check is recommended.
Predator opened in 2015 and is the area's first downhill mountain bike only trail at Tiger Mountain. The trail was constructed by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for the Department of Natural Resource and over 7,000 volunteer hours went into its creation.