7.7 miles
1,515 ft
-2,360 ft
4,890 ft
High Point

Cougar Creek Trail Details

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  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • eBike Allowed
  • Land Manager
    Ochoco National Forest

Cougar Creek is old horse/hiking trail that has been newly refreshed by the Prineville COTA chapter. It is typically ridden east to west often with a shuttle at the west (lower) trailhead, though many people enjoy it as an out and back, as setting up the shuttle can take nearly as long as just riding back up the hill.

Start from the east trailhead with a descent with a gentle 3 mile climb to the high point at the gravel quarry (this is a good location to start from if you are just looking for some downhill kicks). From the quarry the trail drops for the next 4 miles to Scotty Creek and the west trailhead.

While the trail has been receiving a lot of much needed love, it is still very much an old school trail so be on the lookout for exposure, steep off-camber tread, and blind, hairpin turns coming at you at high speed!

While this trail itself isn't necessarily worth a long drive for, it can be a great addition to a weekend of camping and riding in the Ochocos, along with Lookout Mountain Trail and Round Mountain Trail. Also, stay tuned for many more miles of mountain bike trails in the area that is are the agenda to be rehabbed in the near future!

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More Stats for Cougar Creek Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -845 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,455 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,306 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,460 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3.1 miles
  • Distance down
    4.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,966 ft
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