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.
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 amenities created for mountain bikers on this demanding ride include several cafes, parking lots equipped with bike washes, restrooms with showers and a well-stocked bike shop. The singletrack, however, is the real draw of this Epic, with narrow, twisty trails that open into well-crafted jump lines. Great flow and grippy rocks abound, and the trails hold up well to the soaking Welsh climate.
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.