Tiger's new downhill-only, bike-specific trail- almost 2 miles of high-speed descending goodness. A very fun trail! The double black diamond rating is area appropriate, and meant to be a "squirrel catcher" keeping away those not ready. In reality, however, difficulty is closer to a hard single Black Diamond Squamish, BC or Bellingham-area trail.
Due to the 3.5mi, ~2,000 foot vertical road climb to the trailhead near the top of East Tiger Mtn, an all-mountain bike with ~150mm of travel is preferred. The trail is still fun (and significantly easier) on a DH bike, but the climb limits this to rare shuttle day events, or a long push. Most riders seem to choose a half lid on Predator, but full faces are common too.
This long trail has it all: fast, flowy, bermy sections, combined with a lot of PNW tech & gnar. Expect moderate steepness, small- medium drops, rollable doubles and tables, descending rock gardens, rocks, roots, and even a few "root gardens" (a whole buncha roots). In the wet, the off-camber root gardens significantly increase the difficulty factor - beware. The two rock gardens onto and off the climbing road that divides the upper and lower sections look intimidating, but are not as tough as they look. They roll quite well. For your first time, just be smooth and light on the bike, enter slow, and don't grab the brakes hard until tires are on a flat section.
From the parking lots, climb the new Master Link and Quick Link climbing-specific trails. Exit Quick Link and continue up the Crossover Road until the entrance to Predator on your left.
Alternatively, take the East Tiger Summit road up toward the summit. All Tiger trails are well signed. At the first T intersection, continue Right up toward the summit. At the next T intersection, don't go Left up the final summit climb, and instead continue to the Right onto the Crossover road. The trailhead to Predator is on your right a few hundred feet up the road. From the trailhead, the trail climbs for a few hundred more feet before the descent begins. Predator can also be accessed from the other Tiger trails by climbing up the Crossover road.
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More Stats for Predator mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,215 ft
Altitude min1,455 ft
Altitude max2,790 ft
Altitude start2,669 ft
Altitude end1,455 ft
Distance climb1,102 ft
Distance down1.4 miles
Distance flat180 ft
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Predator Trail Reports
Dec 21, 2016 @ 7:08amDec 21, 2016
|Top is snow covered and unreliable but halfway down snow clears|
Dec 3, 2016 @ 9:09pmDec 3, 2016
|Still running great, probably handling the winter better than any other trail at tiger.|
Nov 20, 2016 @ 11:38pmNov 20, 2016
|Almost no puddles. Trail is super tacky all the way through and in great shape with a few greasy spots. A few berms have minor potholes...|
Nov 16, 2016 @ 1:08pmNov 16, 2016
|Puddles forming on the S berms near the end of lower predator. However, the end of upper trail has a real bypass route now. Also don't recommend...|
Oct 22, 2016 @ 10:00amOct 22, 2016
|In fantastic shape, some wet spots at the very start but clear of fallen trees/branches. Trail gets dryer as you lose elevation.|
Routes with this trail
|Blue Up, Black Down!||13.9 miles|
|Tiger: Summit+Predator Figure 8 Power Loop||10.0 miles|
|Tiger: Big Burly Hat Trick||20.8 miles|
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