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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +373/363 ft
Total: 31 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lost Goldmine & Cougar Loop

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#90 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#2715 in the world

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the Phoenix area take Highway 60 East. Pass through Apache Junction and continue East to Gold Canyon. Turn North on Kings Ranch Road and follow it for about three miles to Baseline. Turn Right and simply follow the various signs directing you to the hiking trail parking lot at the end of Cloudview Drive.
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  • Wade Harding
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    A nice loop with several interesting features including easy rock garden and fast technical descents.

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  • John Fisch
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    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!

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  • abegold
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    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

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