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Mountain Lion

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 4.0 (52) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging but rewarding trail with a great technical descent.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

8,853' 2,698 m

High

7,629' 2,325 m

Low

1,508' 460 m

Up

1,511' 460 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

You'll need a CO Parks and Wildlife pass to park a vehicle. Day passes are self-pay and cost $9 (cash-only) Beware of hiker-only trails.

Overview

A technical mountain biker's dream, this loop couples crushingly steep, rock and root strewn climbing with a blazing, rowdy descent. This is the perfect "short lap" at Golden Gate as it's closer to town and has great variety. But don't let the mileage fool you...this is a butt-kicker!

Need to Know

Avoid this loop if you're not interested in very technical challenges and/or pushing your bike uphill.

Description

Ride clockwise. Park at either Nott Creek or Bridge Creek. The south side is exposed and rolling and the backside is rocky, technical and fun as can be. This one can be linked with other mountain bike friendly trails as well.

Starting at Nott Creek, head south out of the parking lot. Until you hit the doubletrack, this portion of the trail is exposed and loose, then it rolls a little with easy technical features. Speed down the doubletrack over the creek and start climbing past the lake, cabin, and camp sites. Once the singletrack turns back to doubletrack, the climb becomes more technical.

When you reach the saddle at the top of the climb, the ride changes quite a bit. You'll end up on a rocky, rooted, bombed out technical trail that zooms you through the woods and over a creek multiple times. There are many stream crossings, some rideable, some not so much. Once you hit doubletrack again it's pretty much over and you grind back to the car.

Don't forget to pay the State Park!

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt Thoele with improvements by Francis C

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 52 votes

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  4.0 from 52 votes
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Photos

One of many creek crossings on the Mountain Lion descent
Aug 4, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO
If you've never ridden Mountain Lion then this is what you can expect. A video is worth a 1,000 words....
Aug 21, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
The aspens in their glory!
Sep 19, 2014 near Coal Creek, CO
A homestead (the Tallman Ranch) dating back to 1876.
Sep 19, 2014 near Coal Creek, CO
The descent kicks off with a chunky start on Mountain Lion.
Jun 15, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO

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Sep 20, 2020
Andre Oktav
Aug 2, 2020
Levi Roberts
Jun 27, 2020
Richard Maker
Steep hills to climb and big drops in the wood, but wonderful finish out down along the creek with fun crossings. — 3h 30m
Jun 14, 2020
Chris Tyler
3h 00m
Jun 2, 2020
Anna Parker
I thought the climbing at Walker was bad. This is up there. But beautiful. Worth it.
May 23, 2020
Chöen Vogt
Bitten by a mountain lion — 1h 33m
May 16, 2020
Lee Blazek
Sep 15, 2019
Robert Lee