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.
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.
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.
This 27-mile (45 km) ride takes you across Sound-of-Music landscapes. Mostly singletrack, you’ll ride through alpine meadows, forested valleys and idyllic farmland. It all begins with a trip up the lift in Davos to the top of Jakobshorn Peak. From there, you’ll descend into the valley where you can enjoy free, fresh milk from a dairy farm and sample local cheeses.
The Runcatrail is the longest flow trail in Europe!
The lower section was designated as a Flow Country Trail by IMBA in Fall 2012.
In the summer of 2012 it was was comprehensively renovated and a new lower section was added. The upper section will be finished in Summer 2013, with an opening ceremony scheduled for July.
For a full-length description read this blog post.
For the Interstate-70 traveler, it is a 600-mile jaunt westward from Kansas City to Denver, from the edge of deciduous forest across grasslands to the base of the Rocky Mountains. Unexpectedly at about the 200-mile mark and just off the highway is a true backcountry mountain bike trail featuring diverse natural beauty and challenging trail features, complemented by lake views, sandstone formations and a trailhead with all the desirable amenities.
Photo of Warner Lake and Tyax Air, by Jordan Manley
South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park (British Columbia) is a visually spectacular area with mid-elevation grasslands, sub alpine and alpine meadows, alpine lakes and mountain peaks. There are broad valleys and ridges with interconnecting trail systems. More than 120 miles of trails on 72,000 hectares weave through valleys and alpine meadows, over mountain passes and along exposed ridges, offering an excellent variety of loop trips of varying difficulty and distances for hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.