Summary: Adventurous mountain bikers will find the epic they’re looking for on the Seven Summits trail in Rossland BC. This point-to-point trail provides over 35 kilometers (22 miles) of technical single-track, with beautiful mountain vistas, challenging (but 100% rideable) climbs and flowing descents. The sinewy trail follows ridgelines, affording views of the Columbia River Valley and the Southern Selkirk and Monashee Mountains.
The Skookum Flats Trail is an hour east of Seattle on the slopes of 14,410-foot Mount Rainier. The trail winds through an amazing rain forest with towering fir trees. The height and mystical feel of this forest make riders feel like a Hobbit wandering around the woods in Lord of the Rings.
North Umpqua sits near the southern terminus of the mighty Cascade Range and features dramatic Pacific Northwest riding. Start at Swiftwater Park and pedal east up into the mountains on the 16-mile stretch of the Tioga trail, passing over many bridges as you wend your way through thick, old growth Douglas Fir forests. Some of the trees are more than six feet in diameter.
Paul's Dirty 100 began as a memorial ride for an avid racer, Paul Rush, who loved a long ride and a hard slog. Over the years, this 100-kilometer ride has been revamped and reworked into a challenging, but very ride-able, network of trails. Just over an hour's drive from Toronto, this Epic features more than 7,000 feet of climbing through the Ganaraska Forest, including pine plantations, rolling hills, twisty-turney dark corners and roller-coaster fire roads.
Travel to the heart of Wisconsin and experience some of the best riding the Midwest has to offer. The trail network at Levis-Trow appeals to all levels of riders, with gentle, rolling climbs on wider sections of trail for beginners and plenty of tight, slaloming singletrack to challenge even the most experienced riders. Sandstone bluffs offer a chance to take in views of the surrounding area.
Location: About 15 miles off I-94, southwest of Neillsville, Wisconsin.
The Maah Daah Hey Trail has been 30 years in the making, the product of a dream to to span the US Forest Service Little Missouri National Grasslands between the southern and northern sections of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The vision was shaped in the late 1960s; today, the trail is complete.
The Mid Mountain Trails feature classic Wasatch singletrack with lots of climbing, descending and ridge-top riding through aspen and pine forests. Be sure to give yourself a bit of time to acclimate before this ride, as the trail sits around 8,000 feet above sea level.
The Monarch Crest ride is a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), a 3,100-mile shared-use route from Canada to Mexico. The Monarch Crest segment offers more than 30 miles of trails and incredible mountain scenery. Commonly done as shuttle ride; expect to encounter a few thousand feet of climbing and more than 6,000 feet of fun, non-technical descending.
The Lower Nanamocomuck Trail is two hours North of Boston just outside the mountain playground of North Conway. This out-and-back ride parallels the boulder-strewn Swift River and includes tight singletrack, log bridges and plenty of rocks and roots. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, the trail is just one of many backcountry rides in the area. In true New England style, the Nan begins at a restored covered bridge.