4 miles
Distance
1,386 ft
Climb
-816 ft
Descent
01:08:00
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
    Golden Gate Canyon State Park
    Coal Creek, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking

One the best descents in the immediate Front Range area. Mt Lion is best ridden in a clockwise direction, parking at either the Nott Creek or Bridge Creek. Climb the single-track along until you hit the 1st intersection, with Burro trail.
Continue straight on the double-track, keeping right at the Buffalo Connector trail. After a short descent & small grind, you'll be greeted with a view of an old homestead.
Keep right on Mt Lion & continue to climb the jeep road, which eventually turns into single-track and gets much steeper & looser. Once you hit the saddle, your reward awaits: 2.2 miles of rock-strewn single-track that descends along Nott Creek, crossing it a several times. Lots of rocks, but nothing very steep on your way down.
At your final creek crossing, the trail changes into an access road for one final grunt. After passing the high point on the road & begin descending, keep an eye on the left for the final bit of single-track leading back to the Nott creek lot.

Access Info

Either pay a $7 daily user fee, or display your CO Parks pass for parking within the park boundaries.

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More Stats for Mountain Lion (Upper) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    569 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,612 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,897 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,899 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,468 ft
  • Grade
    3.009%
  • Grade max
    -86.577%
  • Grade min
    153.221%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    176 ft
  • Avg time
    01:08:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:58:33
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Status:
on Jul 23, 2018
Wet
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to mountain-lion-upper trailhead (39.854930, -105.355030)
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Mountain Lion... Trail Reports

datedescription
Jul 23, 2018 @ 11:53am
Jul 23, 2018
A little dicey on the slate
Jun 12, 2018 @ 9:17am
Jun 12, 2018
Good to go
Apr 11, 2018 @ 8:58am
Apr 11, 2018
Mtn lion descent going clockwise has 100' patches of death ice, and multiple big down trees. 60% good trail. Still a fun rip though
Dec 29, 2017 @ 2:04pm
Dec 29, 2017
Snow coverage on about 80%. There is also a tree down about 3/4 of the way, but is easily visible.
Sep 21, 2017 @ 1:59pm
Sep 21, 2017
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Mar 14, 2018 @ 7:21pm
Mar 14, 2018
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Oct 30, 2017 @ 6:06pm
Oct 30, 2017
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Jul 31, 2017 @ 8:15pm
Jul 31, 2017
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Jul 31, 2017 @ 8:14pm
Jul 31, 2017
Mountain Lion (Upper)

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