Cougar Peak

Total Miles


1881.8 ft


2.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

This trail zigzags from the valley floor at 2607 feet to over 6100 feet in the Lolo National Forest towards Cougar Peak. A fire in the area the day we rode stopped us from getting all the way up, but if you can go beyond our trail, it will take you right to Cougar Peak. All private property crossings are allowed if you stay on the trail. The trails up the mountains in areas are steep and twisting turns. Beware of logging trucks in this area. There is room to let another vehicle pass on some of the corners. The scenery is spectacular, the forest is healthy and well-maintained, and the wildlife includes wild turkeys, deer, elk, moose, and black and grizzly bears. You may encounter some downed timber in some places, so carrying a saw, a snatch block, as well as a tow rope, and other recovery equipment, is a good idea. Take extra fuel, lots of water, and snacks. And we don't ever ride without at least one firearm.


This trail may be muddy in the early spring, or you may encounter snow, and it will be muddy after a heavy rain. Otherwise, it's an easy trail with beautiful scenery.

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Access Description

Go northwest out of Thompson Falls, MT, on Highway 200. Just before you cross the river, take a right turn onto Blue Slide Road. Follow Blue Slide to Cougar Peak Road. Then turn right.