5.4 miles
Distance
170 ft
Climb
-2,660 ft
Descent
00:46:15
Avg time
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Cougar Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Minturn
    , Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #79273 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57031 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner

Descent into Minturn from Vail Mountain/Grand Traverse, for a Summer version of the Minturn Mile, or climb to access multiple loops or as an out and back from Minturn. From the top, starts with some flowy turns in an open meadow with incredible views before dropping into new flowy switchbacks in the timber, stopping to pop out at Lionshead Rock, ending with a creek crossing and the last bit of the Game Creek Trail.

Riding up starts with small walking sections to access the Cougar Ridge Trail start, but is a great but lung busting climb afterwards - link it up with Two Elk (west or east), Game Creek, Grand Traverse, or down the front side of Vail Mountain and across the highway for longer ride options.

Be aware that the lower section up to Lionshead Rock lookout point is extremely popular with hikers on weekends.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Cougar Ridge multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,490 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,190 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,680 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,680 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,189 ft
  • Grade
    -8.7%
  • Grade max
    -53.9%
  • Grade min
    21.8%
  • Distance climb
    3,340 ft
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    220 ft
  • Avg time
    00:46:15
  • Avg reverse time
    01:38:05
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on Apr 23, 2024
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 3.1 (10 votes)
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      Cougar Ridge Trail Reports

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      Aug 31, 2023 @ 3:55pm
      Aug 31, 2023
      Tree down, about halfway
      Aug 10, 2023 @ 1:03pm
      Aug 10, 2023
      couple of trees down below Lions Head overlook
      Jul 23, 2023 @ 12:20pm
      Jul 23, 2023
      Two trees down. Second tree comes up fast; proceed cautiously after passing the first downed tree. The first one is right by a switchback, so you...
      Jul 4, 2023 @ 2:08am
      Jul 4, 2023
      reporter 2 big trees down still, keep your head up!
      Jun 12, 2023 @ 5:24am
      Jun 12, 2023
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