Some liken it to riding on the moon. It might be since riding across the Plains of Abraham is riding on one of the newest landscapes in the lower 48 states. Wiped by searing heat, pelted by hot rocks, and washed clean by mudflows from melted glaciersthe Plains were sterilized on May 18, 1980 by Mount St Helensleaving few recognizable landmarks. What was left is one of the most unique riding areas anywhere. Vegetation is now returning after 30 years, the early summer wildflower display rivals that anywhere with large areas of Paintbrush, Mimulus and Lupine.
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.
Located only 30 miles southeast of San Jose, Henry Coe State Park contains an extensive trail system. Be prepared for long, lung busting climbs and fast, rolling descents on more than 50 miles of ranch roads and singletrack.
Location: Henry Coe State Park, Morgan Hill, California
Directions: From Interstate 101, travel east on Highway 152 approximately 20 miles to the Bell Station/Dowdy Ranch trailhead.
In an area blessed with an array of great trails, it's sometimes tough to pinpoint a favorite. However, in the fat-tire mecca of Downieville, California, there may be consensus: the Big Boulder Trail is "the one." This trail features sustained climbing, outstanding mountain scenery, varied technical challenges, and singletrack descending that almost lives up to that impossible descriptor: endless. The Big Boulder is a historic 130-year-old mining trail, which has recently been revived as one of mountain biking's finest singletracks.
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!
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.