Nestled in the Sylamore District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, the Syllamo Trail is one the finest purpose-built mountain bike trail systems in the country. Arranged in four intertwined loops, the 50 miles of trail provides options for an all-day epic, or for shorter tours.
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.
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.
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.
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