1.7 miles
Distance
110 ft
Climb
-902 ft
Descent
00:32:52
Avg time

Cougar Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Galbraith
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #3556 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #77108 in Trail Running
    • #28552 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is an epic trail - deep forest loam with some rocks/slabs and tricky bits. Kind of a nasty climb back up Road 4000, but I have heard of people hopping on the bus in Sudden Valley to get back to Whatcom Falls Park. Access is via the road past Whoopsie Woodle, go right at the Spacewolf turn-off, and the trail starts a little way down on the left. Take the right about a half mile down to get to Cougar Ridge, otherwise you are riding Waterfall Trail. Great to see it is now "official".

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Cougar Ridge mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -793 ft
  • Altitude min
    860 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,737 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,653 ft
  • Altitude end
    860 ft
  • Grade
    -9%
  • Grade max
    -33.6%
  • Grade min
    17.8%
  • Distance climb
    1,601 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    410 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:58
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Status:
on Apr 20, 2022
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Avg: 4.6 (24 votes)

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      Cougar Ridge Trail Reports

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      Apr 20, 2022 @ 9:54pm
      Apr 20, 2022
      Greasy and will give you some wet shoes, but clear of downed trees
      Apr 12, 2022 @ 12:58am
      Apr 12, 2022
      Muddy and slick in places.
      Mar 8, 2022 @ 2:34pm
      Mar 8, 2022
      Running much better than expected. No blowdowns - thanks sawyers!
      Jan 16, 2022 @ 10:07pm
      Jan 16, 2022
      we were able to saw and clear two of the medium trees. still has one snag over the trail
      Jan 15, 2022 @ 1:51pm
      Jan 15, 2022
      Cleared the blowdowns at the end of the trail near at the Rufus creek intersection. Another rider mentioned there are 3 trees down on cougar ridge...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 4 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 1,349 rides
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      13 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      ashlemon (Oct 3, 2018 at 13:45)
       This is an epic trail! - deep forest loam with some rocks/slabs and tricky bits. Kind of a nasty climb back up Road 4000, but I have heard of people hopping on the bus in Sudden Valley to get back to Whatcom Falls Park. Access is via the road past Whoopsie Woodle, go right at the Spacewolf turn-off, and the trail starts a little way down on the left. Take the right about a half mile down to get to Cougar Ridge, otherwise you are riding Waterfall Trail. Great to see it is now "official".
      [Reply]
      • + 9
      DiveH (Oct 9, 2018 at 17:35)
       Don't ride this trail. It sucks and you will be disappointed. If you get lost and end up in Sudden Valley, the locals will cannibalize you, sell the organs they don't eat to the Indonesian black market and burn your expensive ass carbon bike as a sacrifice to their pagan gods. Just stick to Galbraith people. It ain't worth your safety.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      slayerdegnar (Nov 3, 2018 at 21:24)
       I don't think this is "official". Probably should take down if it not.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      lostlunchbox (Nov 4, 2018 at 8:23)
       It's recently "official"
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      sngltrkmnd (Dec 22, 2018 at 13:31)
       Closed. Dozens of blowdowns. Avoid til the sawyers can get in here.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      rckwng (Dec 23, 2018 at 10:46)
       1 big tree down on Hootie Hoot and several massive trees uprooted on cougar/el Diablo across the new trail work
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      i-g-o-r (Jan 5, 2019 at 23:14)
       The trail is now mostly a blue square with a few black diamond options Frown
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      BasedGawd (Aug 1, 2019 at 12:00)
       Take the hard line. This is why you come to Bham.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      trail-wraith (Nov 17, 2019 at 0:07)
       Easiest way up is from the gate 9 parking lot in sudden valley. The Rufus creek trail will take you most of the way up. Nice trail. Black diamond options are fun.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      ukducks (Jun 29, 2020 at 19:31)
       This is a great trail. I take Whoopsie up then across per previous post. Before you even get to Cougar Ridge you get in some great single track - and will likely not meet another person. Cougar has some technical parts and drops in place (it is a Ridge). Nice descent down part of Rufus then start the grind back using Bottoms Up.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      swartzie (Sep 29, 2020 at 12:17)
       So blue or black? Trail designation is blue, Trailforks shows black. Rides like a blue.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      jgansler (Nov 21, 2020 at 16:34)
       One of my favorite trails I’ve ever ridden. Super fast, gnarly but manageable tech, plenty of optional side hits. Ride ittttt
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      chunky-tech-doctor (Apr 1, 2021 at 9:54)
       This trail is not that great its a huge haul to the top and the only really fun part of the trail is the upper part with the chuncky chute before you cross the trail to go down other section of the trail then that it's nothing really special id do it again but not what I hoped for. Blue trail all the way down less 2 parts there a chuck chute at the top and a blow out in between chute in the middle that give this trail the black badge. If you go around the middle part it's a blue all day.
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