Near Prineville in the Ochoco National Forest, the Cougar Creek Trail is a historic trail will be completely reconstructed by spring of 1994. Trailheads are located at each end of the trail; the south trailhead is located just off US Highway 26 near Ochoco Divide Summit on FS Road 650, the north trailhead is located on FS Road 2735. Traveling from the south trailhead, you will be riding on a series of closed logging roads along with some single track. The final 3.5 miles of trail follows an historic pack and saddle route used by early Forest Rangers and settlers traveling between Prineville and the John Day River. Some old rock work and tree blazes are still visible. There are many scenic vistas and a wide array of forests and mountain meadows along the way. The mountain bike ride is strenuous in places with some technical challenges along ridges and side-slopes. The trail is shared with horseback mountain bike riders and hikers.
Overall, Cougar Creek Trail is the 42nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.