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Aerie Loop

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5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers



541' 165 m


-541' -165 m



Avg Grade (2°)


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4,730' 1,442 m


4,510' 1,375 m


Shared By Tyler Williams


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A fun, quick loop around Doe Mountain, worthy of a few laps.

Tyler Williams

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This is a nice link up of a some newer and some older trails in the Dry Creek area. It is a pretty short, quick loop which makes it nice if you have limited time or for beginning riders.


From the Aerie Trailhead, head southeast towards the Cockscomb on the Aerie Trail. When you reach the Cockscomb you'll head north towards the Dawa and Cockscomb trails. This whole first section is generally moderate, with some twists and turns and very short climbs and small rock obstacles.

At the T junction you'll turn left (west) on the Cockscomb Trail, an easy old two-track that takes you through a fence and eventually meets up with the Aerie trail north of Doe Mountain. Turn left here and head up the Aerie trail which climbs somewhat steeply up some switchbacks and then winds through pinyon juniper forest and some easy/moderate rocky sections on the side of Doe Mountain; you'll pass the Doe Mountain Trail and the paved road to the Aerie housing development before ending right where you started, at the Aerie trailhead.


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Dec 10, 2018
Tim Cooney
Sep 24, 2018
Seb Lac
Apr 21, 2018
Mark Blackman
Feb 24, 2018
Tyler McCafferty
Jan 21, 2018
Emily Schafsteck
fun quick trail with some really fun switchback sections and a cool slick rock bowl 5.4mi
Nov 9, 2017
Lily Brown
Oct 23, 2017
Randy Tanaka
Aug 16, 2017
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I agree with John about starting at Fay Canyon instead - that way you get the big climb out of the way at the start and get to finish with some great downhill. The downhills are very fun, flowy, and good for beginners while the uphill beside Doe Mountain has some more rocky sections but is fully rideable by intermediates and has switchbacks to make the climb more gradual. The views from the trail are wonderful making this one of my favorite quick loops in the area. May 29, 2016
R Wantaja
Woodland, WA
R Wantaja   Woodland, WA
Fun loop, hiked and biked it. Very fun trail with climbs, flow and some tech sections. VIews are awesome! May 9, 2018
I started at the Boynton canyon parking lot and had planned to take it to Arie loop and back up but somehow I branched off onto western civilization (did not see any sign or forks) and I ended up taking that to Girdner, than up to Rupp, and than to Cockcomb where I finally was able to make it back to the trail I started on. Completely unexcpected but fortunately my buddy and I took plenty of water and snacks and had an awesome ride. We started at 8:30am and got back to my truck at 1:30pm. It was his first and my second time mountain biking and we had both rented hard tails and they handled everything we went through. Oct 21, 2018

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