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Upper Buffalo

Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

The Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail offers about 40 miles of singletrack surrounding the highest point in the Ozark Mountains. This gem of Midwest riding laces around the headwaters of the Buffalo National River on a mixture of narrow, hand-built singletrack and machine-cut flow trails. The ride is extremely remote and offers stunning scenery past steep cliffs, turquoise waterfalls, abundant wildlife and old-growth hardwood forests.

Length: 
40
Units: 
m

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (The LOViT)

Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Lake Ouachita Vitsta Trail (LOViT) is a well-designed and well-built trail on 90 percent singletrack through old growth, mixed species forest. It offers riders multiple challenges and rewards as it traverses deep verdant valleys and five different mountains, while crossing multiple steams and creeks. Two of these streams utilize innovative, large boulder crossings that offer technical challenge for riders.

Length: 
45
Units: 
m

Grand Targhee Loop

Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Prepare for solitude in the Tetons and an escape from the summer’s heat on this ride that begins and ends conveniently at the base of the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY (12 miles east of Driggs, ID).

Length: 
25
Units: 
m

Goodwater Trail/Lake Georgetown Loop

Length: 
26
Units: 
m

Cannell Trail

 

Length: 
26
Units: 
m

Australian Alpine Epic

Mt Buller, Australia

This half- to full-day, 35-mile/56-km ride delivers a stunning journey through backcountry wild lands. You’ll find multiple waterfalls, and places to get a drink or snack at the halfway point. Remote huts provide an opportunity to turn this into a two-day ride. The final 5 miles provides a flowing descent that follows the river.

Length: 
35
Units: 
m

Big South Fork/All 5 Ride

Length: 
33
Units: 
m

Douthat State Park

Length: 
40
Units: 
m

Waldo Lake Trail

Length: 
22
Units: 
m

Colorado Trail (southern segments)

Photos by Chris Bernhardt.

One of the few iconic long-distance trails that allow mountain biking, the Colorado Trail does not disappoint. Breathtaking views (literally as the trail crests nearly 12,500’ above sea level) are secondary only to the variety of singletrack encountered — taxing passages at high altitudes are interspersed with pine-needle duff lines weaving through the sub-alpine splendor. An amazing backcountry adventure awaits the hardy souls who tackle this nearly 75-mile segment, which ends in Durango, a town with knobby-tired roots.

Length: 
72
Units: 
m
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