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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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Mar 2, 2019
Rob Stansfield
We were as gods, probably because of the awesome rental bikes. Superb route, cloudy and cool but the rain held off. 5.4mi
Feb 10, 2019
Trevor S
Feb 1, 2019
Mal McCrea
Did the Cockscomb to Arie loop back to the Arie trailhead. Loved it. Second trail ever on a hardtail, recommend it!
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

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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
Mal McCrea
Mal McCrea   Ohio
Did the Cockscomb to Arie loop. Super fun ride for a newb who has higher than beginner skills. This was my second trail ever, on a hardtail. A few sections I had to hike-a-bike out of psychical weakness or fear (HA!) but it was a great ride. Loved some of the techy sections and descents were fun! It's a fairly quick ride, you could connect to several other trails to make it a full day of riding! Mar 10, 2019

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