2 miles
Distance
206 ft
Climb
-1,010 ft
Descent
00:32:17
Avg time

Cougar Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Galbraith
    Bellingham, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • 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
    • 60 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
    00:32:17
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Status:
on Oct 12, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.4 (15 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
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  • < 50%
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  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Cougar Ridge Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 11:01pm
      Oct 12, 2019
      Good conditions top to bottom
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 10:19am
      Aug 16, 2019
      A little dry with some loose rocks
      Jul 28, 2019 @ 1:01pm
      Jul 28, 2019
      Jul 26, 2019 @ 12:52pm
      Jul 26, 2019
      Jul 20, 2019 @ 2:38pm
      Jul 20, 2019
      Very good condition. New blue work-arounds for two of the black sections are very nice according to my riding partner. Beautiful trail overall....
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 343 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 630 rides
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      Photos

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      Jul 19, 2019 @ 5:30pm
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Freehub Magazine: Cougar Ridge
      2 miles
      Galbraith +
      27 miles

      8 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]
      • + 7
      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]
      • + 2
      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]
      • + 2
      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]
      • + 0
      flag BasedGawd (Aug 1, 2019 at 12:00)
       Take the hard line. This is why you come to Bham.
      [Reply]

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