20.8 miles
Distance
6,569 ft
Climb
-6,569 ft
Descent
3,005 ft
High Point

Discovery Pass needed to park in the upper lot. Be alert for descending riders when climbing the Preston and ETS segments.

Feeling really fit, and like big climbs combined with big descents? Well, how 'bout up and down, times 3 then? This is the Tiger Mini Epic - more than 6,500 feet of climbing and descending over 20 miles! It's not the whole enchilada, but it's close, and it packs the best into one long day in the saddle. You get all three big descents off the top, starting with Preston Railroad, then Off The Grid, saving Predator for last, with a bunch of bonus goodies in between.

Part 1: From the parking lot (either one), climb Master Link and Quick Link, then the roads to the East Summit. Check out Rainier and catch a breather on the picnic tables. Then head down the East Tiger Summit trail, continuing down Preston Railroad trail and at the third switchback, taking a Right onto the Bail Out trail.

Part 2: After exiting Bail Out, go Right to climb the Crossover Road and Quick Link. Cut into the Drop In trail, and descend Off The Grid. Take a break at the picnic table. Continue down Fully Rigid to the junction, turning Left onto Silent Swamp trail. Exiting SS, go Right down the Crossover Road back to the bottom of Preston.

Part 3: Climb Preston Railroad all the way up, and continue climbing the East Tiger Summit trail. Be alert for descending riders. At the junction with Off The Grid, turn Left and ride down the top part of OTG you missed earlier. At the next junction, ~1/3 of the way down Off The Grid, climb up Drop In to the Crossover Road, and then, with whatever energy you have left, bomb down the final (and by far the best) descent of the day, Predator. Whew!

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for Tiger: Big Burly Hat Trick mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,436 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,450 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,451 ft
  • Grade max
    -60.455%
  • Grade min
    53.76%
  • Distance climb
    10.9 miles
  • Distance down
    9.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,609 ft
Avg: 5 (3 votes)
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Predator Freshly Coated - Feb 23 2017
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Feb 24, 2017
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Epic-ish OTB crash on Lower Predator
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Feb 14, 2017
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Fully Rigid
Feb 25, 2017 @ 5:19pm
2 days
Wet but rideable. Only issue is the "V", it's probably still a little too wet and slick to hit that section cleanly.
Off The Grid
Feb 25, 2017 @ 5:17pm
2 days
Still snow-packed above Drop In. The roots and rocks are super greasy with the snow and ice at the higher elevations.
Predator
Jan 28, 2017 @ 6:29pm
Jan 28, 2017
The trail is not bad. Athe first 500 feet or so , the trail is a little slick. But gets better the farther you go down. Now going up is worse. The service road is full of snow. But in the trees, its good riding.
Quick Link
Jan 25, 2017 @ 10:20pm
Jan 25, 2017
Significant snow, ice, and mud. Best to avoid it for now.
Master Link
Jan 25, 2017 @ 10:19pm
Jan 25, 2017
Below the bridge is in good shape. Above the bridge is a mix of mud and ice. While rideable it would be best to stay off of it until it dries/melts to prevent damage.
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