2 miles
Distance
206 ft
Climb
-1,010 ft
Descent
00:36:53
Avg time

Cougar Ridge Details

  • Riding Area
    Galbraith
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #14716 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 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
More Stats for Cougar Ridge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -803 ft
  • Altitude min
    833 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,742 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,636 ft
  • Altitude end
    833 ft
  • Grade
    -9.072%
  • Grade max
    -57.298%
  • Grade min
    31.307%
  • Distance climb
    2,408 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    479 ft
  • Avg time
    00:36:53
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Status:
on Jan 12, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Directions to cougar-ridge-50246 trailhead (48.702870, -122.377060)
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      Cougar Ridge Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 8:21pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 6:25pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Tree down on the black line option. Conditions were great, a bit of debris on trail.
      Jan 8, 2019 @ 8:50am
      Jan 8, 2019
      reporter
      Jan 2, 2019 @ 9:10am
      Jan 2, 2019
      reporter Trees have been removed, but the run out for El Diablo is still blocked past the jump. Please avoid until a reroute can be finished.
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 10:05am
      Dec 23, 2018
      Significant blowdown on 12/22 from recent windstorm.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 167 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 630 rides
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      Jan 12, 2019 @ 8:29pm
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      Cougar Ridge, Vancouver
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      Dec 23, 2018 @ 10:06am
      Dec 23, 2018
      Cougar Ridge, Bellingham
      37 |
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 10:06am
      Dec 23, 2018
      Cougar Ridge, Bellingham
      141 |
      Oct 24, 2018 @ 3:41pm
      Oct 24, 2018
      Cougar Ridge, Surrey

      Routes with this trail

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      Freehub Magazine: Cougar Ridge
      2 miles

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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]
      • + 4
      flag 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]
      • + 1
      flag slayerdegnar (Nov 3, 2018 at 21:24)
       I don't think this is "official". Probably should take down if it not.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag lostlunchbox (Nov 4, 2018 at 8:23)
       It's recently "official"
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag sngltrkmnd (Dec 22, 2018 at 13:31)
       Closed. Dozens of blowdowns. Avoid til the sawyers can get in here.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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]
      • + 1
      flag 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]

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