Standing on top of the Book Cliffs, more than 2,000 vertical feet above the Grand Valley basin, one begins to realize why The Edge Loop in Fruita, Colorado, is indeed epic. A steady one-hour climb delivers you to this fascinating viewpoint. East and south loom the mighty snowcapped Rockies. The canyons, arroyos and red rocks that mark the beginning of the great American desert unfold to the west. There is nothing to do but stand in awe, and then head DOWN. Tight, slalom-like singletrack defines The Edge Loop and guarantees ear-to-ear grins.
Forks Area Trail System - better known as FATS - is a testament to the power of a well-organized mountain bike club. The Southern Off- Road Bicycling Association (SORBA) has harnessed the power of more than1500 volunteer hours and grants totaling over $200,000 to create one of the Southeast's premier trail systems. "Beautifully built trails with swooping turns and rolling hills" raves one web review - and that's from a hiker's perspective!
Located an hour south of Buffalo, Ellicottville is home to some of the finest mountain bike trails on the East Coast. Most trails were built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers, and easily accessed from town. The climbs are long, steep and plenty. The descents are rocky, rooty and fun. This is singletrack designed by bikers for bikers (although it is great for hiking, too). For example, some of these trails are used for the annual 6 Hours of Power and the Roots Rocks and Ridges MTB races.
Cortina is big: it's got twice the vertical of Vail or Mammoth Mountain. Cortina is dramatic: located in the heart of the Dolomites near Italy's northeast corner, it's an exceptionally sharp and rocky cluster of limestone peaks. Cortina is famous: host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina has been one of Europe's premier ski resorts ever since.
The Copper Harbor trail system is located 50 miles north of Houghton, MI at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Trailheads are located within the village at the Copper Harbor Welcome Center and one mile south of town at the county-owned Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, off of US Hwy 41.
The Buckhorn ride features the best of classic Southern California riding: long climbs on well-maintained fire roads, followed by steep, challenging singletrack descents. It adds beautiful views and a remoteness that's sometimes missing in SoCal mountain biking. Your cell phone won't work most of the time, and you may encounter overgrown stretches and other adventere-inducing conditions. Congratulations — you have officially escaped the front country!
Located an hour west of Denver, the Buffalo Creek trail system features smooth, rolling singletrack and lots of variety. The area has been damaged by forest fires recently, but you'll witness nature's ability to rebuild itself. The diverse trail system meanders through areas unaffected by fire, as well as surreal, barren landscapes still rebounding. These are among the best trails in the greater-Denver region. You¹ll enjoy mountain views, majestic rock formations, great downhills, smooth roller coasters, and almost all singletrack.
Located at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the Bull Mountain trail network includes more than 50 miles of great riding. The IMBA Epic route covers about 30 miles - nearly all of it singletrack. The trails include a little bit of everything - red clay singletrack, loose rocks, a few stream crossings, and some steep, sustained climbs. This is a multi-use trail system and you can expect to meet horses, especially on weekends.