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Cougar Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (5)

An adventurous and scenic route starting with awesome views and trail but ending with steep ruts.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

80%

Runnable

10,675' 3,254 m

High

8,209' 2,502 m

Low

86' 26 m

Up

2,552' 778 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Description

Note: this trail was rebuilt (through October 2020) and is MUCH better than it used to be!

Starting from the Grand Traverse trail, pass Vail's helpful sign warning you of impending doom (no lift service, etc).

Fantastic singletrack slowly winds down the ridge, mostly through meadows and dying pine forest. It's a smooth, easy, gentle run up and down for quite a ways to the end of the ridge, where there's a 100-yard spur path down to a rocky outcropping. Fantastic views abound. You can see the "Lionshead" rock formation if you look down and to the right.

Back on the trail, the grade eases up and the trail is in much better shape. Enjoy nice forested, wide trail to the Game Creek trail junction. Cross the stream, and follow that trail to the end.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 5 votes

#3

in Vail Resort

#9655

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Trail Rankings

#3

in Vail Resort

#853

in Colorado

#9,655

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A few wildflowers left as the aspens decide it's fall.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
the last bit of easy trail before the descent turns considerably steeper and rockier.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Highway 24 and the Minturn valley far below.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
At this point, the trail alternates between nice singletrack (like this) and severely rutted and rocky terrain.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Yer gonna die!  Well, probably not, but a stern warning from Vail resort anyways...  This is where Cougar Ridge Trail branches off of Grand Traverse.
Mar 23, 2015 near Minturn, CO

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