5.4 miles
Distance
170 ft
Climb
-2,660 ft
Descent
00:36:11
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Cougar Ridge Trail

Cougar Ridge Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Vail Pass
    Vail, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • 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
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager

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 bike 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
    00:36:11
  • Avg reverse time
    01:36:07
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Status:
on Dec 2, 2021
Snow Covered
Avg: 2.85 (7 votes)

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  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      Cougar Ridge Trail Reports

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      Dec 2, 2021 @ 7:10am
      Dec 2, 2021
      reporter
      Sep 26, 2021 @ 10:01am
      Sep 26, 2021
      Jul 18, 2021 @ 12:23pm
      Jul 18, 2021
      Jun 17, 2021 @ 11:50am
      Jun 17, 2021
      reporter VVMTA Trail Conservation Crew and Forest Service crew cleared 60+ trees on 6/16...good to go!
      Jun 5, 2021 @ 8:23am
      Jun 5, 2021
      reporter Completely impassable on bike above lions head due to massive downfall. Good thing the VVMTA trail crew is awesome and will be heading up w...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 94 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
      All
      • 124 rides
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      Oct 11, 2020 @ 10:35am
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      Aug 8, 2017 @ 6:05pm
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Two Elk via Cougar Ridge and Grand Traverse Loop
      23 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      andy-legrunge (Aug 22, 2020 at 13:41)
       Steep, a bit loose, and a little chunky, but nothing too wild (coming down, anyway.) Just watch your brake fade. Big thanks to the volunteers and FS for making the improvements happen! Decent number of hikers from Minturn to Lionshead.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      EMTsnow (Oct 19, 2020 at 11:44)
       Trail got neutered. DH on cougar ridge is actually boring, not challenging, weird flow, went flying off trail 4 times due to awkward trail “flow”, lots of uphill mtb traffic, unable to sustain “trail speed”.
      Not a fan, not worth the effort.
      Pretty views, boring bike ride.
      Would consider this blue trail 100%
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 12, 2021 at 6:21)
       Confirmed what the other dude said above. Just a boring flow trail with bad flow and grade reversals. Another loss of a trail due to “sustainable” trail building.
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      Videos

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      New Trail Day! Cougar Ridge Reroute | Minturn,...
      9:23 | 157 | Oct 26, 2020 , Vail
      Lionshead Rock To Minturn CO
      20:26 | 246 | Sep 6, 2019 , Vail
      Cougar Ridge to Lionshead Rock
      26:14 | 225 | Sep 6, 2019 , Vail
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