16.9 miles
Distance
4,428 ft
Climb
-4,398 ft
Descent
1,915 ft
High Point

16+ mile route that starts at pine and cedar and connects you to burnout, north lost lake trail, raptor ride, and back to pine and cedar. ~4700 feet of elevation gain and beautiful views

Detailed Description
16+ mile route looping Pine and Cedar to Burnout is a 17 mile moderately popular expert route located near Bellingham Washington. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 4,428 ft with a max elevation of 1,915 ft then descends -4,398 ft.
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25 Reviews & Comments

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ohlyss (Apr 2, 2022 at 18:22)
Trail Ridge Trail
Meh. As recommended we rode the upper trail to Galen’s (Galen’s was fun but short) got back on the lower section and much like the upper section was some long flattish bits with some rooty techy xc… if that’s your jam you’ll live this trail. The area is beautiful.
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Jaimep (Jul 18, 2021 at 21:34)
Trail Raptor Ridge
This area is hiking trails. Of all the trails we rode here, this was the only one that felt like an mtb trail. But it's short. Not worth the boring riding on the hiking trails.
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savagefilms (Jun 13, 2021 at 9:05)
Trail Ridge Trail
I had a blast on this trail! I would consider it a must do if you seek out gnarly trails, enjoy adventure rides, and have the skills to clean it. I think other black trails should feel like a walk in the park for you to fully enjoy this one. I think it’s a lot harder to get down this trail clean than it is to do the same on double down. It’s somewhere in between downhill and XC. That said, it’s a riot when you nail the right line and carry your momentum through a web of massive diagonal roots or clean one of the rock lines! I made the mistake of taking galens step down and skipping the middle. That felt like a waste of time and elevation. I’d rather pick my way down the ridge and walk a few sections if need be.
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longboardersp (Jun 3, 2021 at 15:04)
Trail Ridge Trail
Trials riding skills needed to ride this trail clean! More hike a bike sections than you can count riding North going (down) feels like you do as much up as down! Once again if you are a Trials rider, love really technical almost un-rideable trail that goes up and down in little short steep parts this trail is for you. Even as a hiking trail its silly. Why always stick to the top of the ridge about 30 bypasses around the million little ups along the ridge crest are needed to make this a fun trail. If you love hike a bike this is your trail.
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Hairymountainbeast (Aug 2, 2020 at 14:52)
Trail Access Trail
Brushy, but kinda fun descent from the top of burnout. I wouldn't want to go up it. The lower part is less brushy. Definitely has erosion issues. I believe this was originally a Moto uptrack back in the day.
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roborant (Aug 2, 2020 at 1:16)
Trail Ridge Trail
Unassuming, brutal trail with empty promises of flow and rocky technicality. 85% is pushing through brush, cursing the trees, and hike-a-bike ascents. Downhill suggestion on the map is misleading as the variance is so close. Several awesome rock sections for technical navigation, but certainly not worth the effort of the entire route. Stay on DBD and DD.
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joebmx (Jul 12, 2020 at 10:01)
Trail Ridge Trail
I don’t know. Maybe i like pain but aside from the mandatory hike a bike there really is only one other section that needs to be pushed otherwise with solid skills and lots of mashing it is all doable. Its not for everyone and that is fine not every trail should be. The best way to put it is the trail is physical.
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Loamdaddy (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:17)
Trail Raptor Ridge
Great indeed! Great hike a bike, great view, great hiking trail zippy bikey flow. Great lil poppers baby!
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sillawydna (Mar 23, 2020 at 10:49)
Trail Access Trail
Wouldn't want to push up, but it's a lot of fun going down!
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masonguy (Sep 26, 2019 at 12:56)
Trail Access Trail
going up this is like removing your finger nails with a fruit peeler
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boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Sep 26, 2019 at 15:27)
Trail Access Trail
Thanks Masonguy, I've added a warning thanks to your comments and the others above.
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yman98 (Sep 25, 2019 at 11:51)
Trail Access Trail
Hiking up this was the worst thing I’ve ever done with a bike
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yman98 (Aug 25, 2019 at 16:23)
Trail Ridge Trail
Super fun trail, lots of technical moves on upper and lower. Keep your speed up to make it over those roots and rocks.
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goplaf (Aug 19, 2019 at 11:50)
Trail Access Trail
Deep, soft dirt rut full of loose, bowling ball sized rocks. Blown out and definitely a hike a bike segment. Also incredibly overgrown
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pbr1985 (Jun 27, 2019 at 12:17)
Trail Ridge Trail
I find the ridge trail to Galen’s step to the connector trail (bypassing the middle section of ridge), followed by hush hush to be a very nice trail, technical and fun and in a beautiful location. Dirt is great. Certainly not a manicured flow trail but it’s definitely worthwhile.
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davidscole (Jun 10, 2019 at 13:42)
Trail Ridge Trail
The people who are saying trail "isn't worth it" or is "unridable" are most likely attempting to ride the middle part of the trail, which is indeed unridable and not really intended as part of the downhill mt bike route. It's an up-and-down scramble in there. The upper ridge and lower ridge sections are techy and fun. Good mt biking if you like challenging, technical terrain. Hard, yes, but a lot of us like that. Great stuff! Do skip the middle part, either way. That is not part of the route. Take Galen's Step out, go down the road a bit and get back on via the Ridge Trail Connector. Enjoy.
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ScottyDubsNW (May 28, 2019 at 16:52)
Trail Access Trail
I believe this was called Overland trail, came across it hiking a couple years ago and it was dug out for mtn bikes but pretty worn out. Start is at the top of the clear cut and can lead you to lost lake. Singletrack.
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masonguy (May 27, 2019 at 16:25)
Trail Ridge Trail
Ride the upper ridge until Galen's step for the best mountain bike experience. The middle section is unrideable
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Knoerpsi (May 9, 2019 at 20:10)
Trail Ridge Trail
No trail for mountain bikes.
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chrisclifford (Mar 29, 2019 at 23:01)
Trail Ridge Trail
Not worth riding. It’s a hiking trail. The first few minutes are ok, mostly just tech and tight roots and rocks between tight trees. The last minute or so is ok. The middle absolutely sucks. Multiple unrideable sections interspersed with short (20-30 seconds) periods of mediocre flat pedaling sectors before the next dismount. The kicker is that after this you lose about 1000 feet of elevation on a crushed gravel path back to the parking lot. I’m honestly kind of pissed this trail was recommended to me
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Blake1 (Jun 9, 2018 at 23:09)
Trail Ridge Trail
This is not a bike trail. It’s a hike trail that you can take your bike for a walk on. Don’t bother, there are much better options.
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s3ntin3l (Dec 7, 2018 at 20:21)
Trail Ridge Trail
I agree!
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btjenki (Sep 27, 2017 at 13:27)
Trail Raptor Ridge
Warning: First portions is a hike-a-bike when traveling from Hemlock Trail up to Raptor Ridge
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mtb2233 (Aug 13, 2017 at 9:09)
Trail Ridge Trail
Lower ridge is a super long sprint to begin with then with out any warning drops in to a full on dh cluster f*ck of roots that have grown over rocks, the trail also sports super blowen out cornnors or no corners at all, super fun trail!
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sw1zz1e (Jul 12, 2017 at 19:53)
Trail Ridge Trail
This trail upper,middle and lower ridge should be called techter gnar! If you're a trials rider with an xc bent holler Wink
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, CX
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for 16+ mile route looping Pine and Cedar to Burnout mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    298 ft
  • Altitude start
    298 ft
  • Altitude end
    328 ft
  • Grade max
    -49.3%
  • Grade min
    70.3%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Access Trail
Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:34pm
Dec 4, 2022
A couple inches of snow
Upper Chuckanut Ridge
Jul 19, 2022 @ 10:25am
Jul 19, 2022
Raptor Ridge
Feb 9, 2022 @ 8:02am
Feb 9, 2022
Trees cleared
Ridge Trail
Jun 20, 2021 @ 4:22pm
Jun 20, 2021
This is an old school rooty rocky bear of a trail. Great fun, but do not ride the middle section that Trail Forks suggests that you skip. They are correct, SKIP IT. It is pure hike a bike with no chance to ride. We rode it today and unless you are Hans Rey you will not make it.
Connector
Apr 25, 2021 @ 2:49pm
Apr 25, 2021
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