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Cougar & High ridge Loop

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Cougar Trail traverses 4 canyons with ups and downs, some steep and challenging. 600 foot steep climb on Bobcat Trail to panoramic and sweeping views along High Ridge, long fast downhill for climax.
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Trail Directions
East off of Highway 101 at Grand Ave. in Arroyo Grande, follow brown signs 12 miles to Lopez Lake Recreation Area (one turn right at 3-way stop after 1 mile to Huasna Rd. which turns into Lopez Dr. after 2 more miles). Park near Escondidio Group Camp to access Cougar Trail, head south to start.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Arroyo Grande
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Review Date
November 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Love4FLOW ,  Downhiller

The above review is totally accurate. Cougar is a fun swooping trail with some good steep climbs and fun rolling descents. Hardtail is all you need for this track. AVOID the high ridge trail. While it does offer elevation and views, the track is not much to speak of and often fades away in the would be fire road that runs the ridge. You will hike a bike unless you are Tomac.

Recommended Route:
From the ranger office, climb up cougar and take it to the Boy Scout Camp. Ride past the main gate and connect to Duna Vista trailhead loop. Take Cougar back to main office. 10~ miles total? (while I havent ridden Duna Vista it is supposed to be the track to ride)

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Review Date
January 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David Goodhue , from San Luis Obispo, CA

Cougar is a cool singletrack that meanders closely along the edge of the Lopez Lake campground. Not the type of trail for someone who wants to be out in the wilderness. It's a fun, rolling singletrack with some rockiness and lots of ups and downs. Great for people who don't like to have their climbing broken up with little downhill sections. Be prepared to pay a day use fee for parking, also.

Recommended Route:
Cougar as described above is cool. Myself being a lover of singletrack, though, I would forget the "high ridge loop" part. Ride Cougar out and back, and then find some other cool rides to do in the area. There are plenty. I would recommend "Two Waters", among others.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Two Waters, and many others the names of which I forget.

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