July 11, 2015
This trail is really tough both up- and downhill! Mostly narrow single trails and plenty of big rocks. The first 2 miles is a fun uphill ride and the last 2 miles are fun too. In between though it's not much fun if you're not a real advanced rider. To be frank, this is more of a hiking than a biking trail and the steep grade in combination with nasty rocks make it a real challenge.
September 27, 2012
I concur with the clockwise route. The climb is definitely tough, but mostly smooth, which saves the chunk for the downhill. It's still pretty tough with some tight switchbacks, very narrow trail with no choice of line and some unforgiving creek crossings.
September 16, 2012
I recommend this ride for the advanced rider on modern freeride style bike. While it is almost all ridable, long stretches are relentless- both up and down! If your up for this ride, do Mountain Lion Trail clockwise. Trail is well marked, starting at the Nott Creek parking lot. Free maps at the visitor station, but parking pass for the day is $7.
Makes Apex & White Ranch look easy!
August 22, 2011
I found this trail in a Falcon Guide. Boy was I in for a surprise. This is one of the most challenging Front Range rides I've done, primarily from the technicality. Several sections of the ascent are so steep that once you stop (due to an obstacle that you can't clear or to take a breather), it's very difficult to get started again (think very steep terrain, add in a few inches of loose dirt/sand, and many large rocks/drops). Most of the trail is rideable, but several sections will challenge even the most experienced riders (in terms of aerobic ability and technical skills).
The descent, particularly following the creek, is FUN, but again, very technical. I'm sure my 29er wheels helped me stay upright and avoid doing some endos on the many wheel-grabbing rocks. :-)
I've ridden Bergen Peak several times; compared to the Mountain Lion route, Bergen is a piece of cake.
Mountain Lion Trail MTB Trail
out of 5
based on 4 ratings.
4 user reviews.