Lost Goldmine & Cougar Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.33 out of 5
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Intermediate
4.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
2,037
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a short, fun but pretty technical ride. The technical part is the fact that it starts out with a ride on the Lost Goldmine trail which is a very rocky trail built for hiking. The fun part is the South-West ride on the Cougar Trail which is an overall downhill ride with a lot of up and down dips through arroyos. Start out in the parking lot and head up the hill on the main trail North towards the Hieroglyph hiking trail. Once you are up the hill take the right fork marked as the Lost Goldmine Trail. This trail is very technical and opens the question of when does a technical intermediate trail becomes an advanced trail. Follow this for about two miles to a well marked right hand turn onto the Cougar trail. This trail is pretty short but challenging with a nice two foot drop into an arroyo near the end. It will t-junction at the trail leading you on an easy 1.3 mile trail back North (right turn) to the Cloudview parking lot.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (3)
 

Trailblazer

January 6, 2018
 
Review: A nice loop with several interesting features including easy rock garden and fast technical descents.

Similar Trail: Diamondback at Gold Canyon




Epic


March 27, 2013
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Great trails! Not my favorite in the Gold Canyon system, but excellent nonetheless, which speaks highly of the system as a whole. You really can't go wrong in this network!




Doubletrack

March 15, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
 
Review: This trail crosses the arroyos many times, maybe 30! The builder looked for smooth transitions where you can rip down one side and roll up the other. The crossings vary in elevation change 10-25'. Most are pretty smooth but some are rocky.
Plants in the area include creosote, wolfberry, cholla cactus, Foothills Palo Verde, ocotillo

Similar Trail: South Mountain, Picketpost, Arizona Trail, Black Canyon Trail



Lost Goldmine & Cougar Loop MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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