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MTB Trails at Cougar Creek by Travis Holman

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
7.9 miles
Elevation
2491'
Rating
Forecast

This trail is closed right now. Details of the closure can be found in the trail description.

Trail Reports

  • Dirt Donkey July 19, 2018 at 10:26 pmThanks for the update.
  • Travis Holman July 16, 2018 at 7:37 amDirt Mechanics still has a crew in the Ochocos as well as Bachelor. The trails are still closed but they are getting close.
  • Dirt Donkey July 15, 2018 at 6:16 pmSo is this trail open now? As far as I know, Dirt Mechs are currently working up at Bachelor.
  • Travis Holman June 8, 2018 at 12:39 pmCougar Creek Trail is temporarily closed while Dirt Mechanics completes rehab work.
  • Travis Holman April 29, 2018 at 4:14 pmJust finished cutting out Cougar Creek - all clear now from East to West.
  • Ochoco National Forest February 14, 2018 at 12:52 pmThe Ochoco National Forest received a winter storm this week; if heading out be prepared for all conditions.
  • Kevin Donnelly January 14, 2018 at 4:54 pmRode it yesterday. was super muddy in the shady first mile. After that was great conditions. It's a fun trail, can't wait to do it again.
 

Trail Description

This historic trail was designed as a reconstruction of a historic pack trail which was used from 1915 to 1922, and can now be accessed from both the Cougar East Trailhead  and Cougar West Trailhead.

In the summer of 2014, the Bailey Butte fire burned through this area and much of the damage is still visible.  Many charred trees are still standing and there are areas of significant erosion along the trail.

In the fall of 2014, the Forest Service spent several days completing log out of the trail and attempting to re-secure areas of erosion. It is anticipated that trees will continue to fall the next several years and log-out work will be required regularly. Please be aware when visiting this area as not all hazards can be mitigated.

Trail description from the US Forest Service website.

Check out the Cougar Creek Trail video and photos from Travis Holman.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Cougar Creek

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  1. Travis Holman says:

    Cougar Creek Trail is temporarily closed while Dirt Mechanics completes rehab work.

    1. Dirt Donkey says:

      So is this trail open now? As far as I know, Dirt Mechs are currently working up at Bachelor.

      1. Travis Holman says:

        Dirt Mechanics still has a crew in the Ochocos as well as Bachelor. The trails are still closed but they are getting close.

        1. Dirt Donkey says:

          Thanks for the update.

  2. Travis Holman says:

    Just finished cutting out Cougar Creek – all clear now from East to West.

  3. Ochoco National Forest says:

    The Ochoco National Forest received a winter storm this week; if heading out be prepared for all conditions.

  4. Kevin Donnelly says:

    Rode it yesterday. was super muddy in the shady first mile. After that was great conditions. It’s a fun trail, can’t wait to do it again.

  5. Travis Holman says:

    Cleared a dozen or so small trees. Other than 3 we skipped near the east trailhead everything is clear for now.

    Zero to a half inch of snow throughout depending on aspect and frozen trail surface makes for a challenge on some of the steeper climbs but as of now everything is rideable and the road is still passable for shuttles.

  6. Joe Myers says:

    Large tree cleared by Drew at FS

  7. Mark Simila says:

    Trail in decent shape, doesn’t look like it has seen use in awhile. One tree about a foot in diameter across the trail 2.8 miles in from the east trailhead. Turned around at the halfway point so no beta beyond that. ?

  8. Rick Dethman says:

    Currently 1 large tree across trail about 5 miles in from E trailhead – other than that, riding well.

  9. Erik Santner says:

    This is a fun, challenging trail!! Rode out and back, east to west. One down tree near the west TH. Conditions were awesome after some rain the day before!

  10. Travis Holman says:

    Rode and cleared all of Cougar today. A couple small muddy spots but overall it’s golden.

  11. Joe Myers says:

    1 medium size tree down on west side of road crossing/traverse.

  12. Travis Holman says:

    Crook County COTA Spring Fling was a success – all trees are cleared and trail is ready to ride!

  13. Travis Holman says:

    I didn’t ride but got a firsthand report:

    “9 trees down on the west side and 2 on east side. One very big one. No snow.”

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