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IMBA Epics Rides


Model Trails Update, Effective May, 2016


In 2016, IMBA's Model Trails program is on hold so we can consider how to reshape and improve it. We will not be accepting applications for Epics or Ride Centers, and all existing honorees will enjoy a grace year with no review required to uphold their current rankings. We apologize for this hiatus, but it is imperative that we reformulate resources and outputs, so IMBA's Model Trails offerings can take a new step forward in 2017. The remainder of the info on this page is being left intact for reference. 

IMBA has returned the Epics to the original intent of the designation—demanding, mostly singletrack adventures in a natural setting. The Epics designation denotes a true backcountry riding experience—one that is technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.

This page lists the full catelog of Epics, save for the current year rides which can be seen here.

The IMBA Epics Hall of Fame list recognize the rides we have honored in the past but no longer meet the criteria.


Epic Rides

Australian Alpine EpicAustralia

Bangtail Divide Bozeman, Montana

Big South Fork/All 5 Ride
Oneida, Tennessee

Buffalo Creek Trails Pine, Colorado

Bull Mountain Dahlonega, Georgia

Cannell Trail, Sherman Pass, California

Colorado Trail (Southern Segments) Durango, Colorado

Curt Gowdy State Park Cheyenne, Wyoming

Ellicottville Trail Ellicottville, New York 

Fresno-Sauceda Loop Big Bend State Park, Texas

Goodwater TrailLake Georgetown, Texas

Grand Targhee LoopWyoming

Hurricane Cliffs Hurricane, Utah

Lake Ouachita Vista TrailArkansas


Maah Daah Hey Trail Medora, North Dakota

Mid Mountain Trail Park City, Utah

North Umpqua Trail Roseburg, Oregon

Plains of Abraham Cougar, Washington

Rattling Creek Lykens, Penssylvania

Rock Lake Cable, Wisconsin 

Roth Rock Ride State College, Pennsylvania

Seven Summits Trail Rossland, British Columbia

Tahoe Rim Trail Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Upper BuffaloArkansas

Waldo Lake Oakridge, Oregon

Warner Lake South Chilcotins, British Columbia

The Womble Hot Springs, Arkansas 

W2 Afan Forest Park, Wales 

Hall of Fame Epics Rides

Alafia RiverBrandon, Florida
Bernina Express
Graubunden, Switzerland
Berryman Trail Potosi, Missouri
The Big Boulder Trail Downieville, California
Black Rock, Falls City, Oregon
Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Nevada
Brown County State Park Nashville, Indiana
Buckhorn Loop, Santa Barbara, California
Comfortably Numb, Whistler, British Columbia
Copper Harbor Trails, Copper Harbor, Michigan
Cortina Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon Julian, California
Douthat State Park Clifton Forge, Virginia

The Edge Loop Fruita, Colorado
Forks Area Trail System Sumter National Forest, South Carolina
Gauley HeadwatersSlatyfork, West Virginia
Georgia Pinhoti Trail Northern Georgia
Henry Coe Morgan Hill, California
The Kentucky Camp Trail
Patagonia, Arizona
Kingdom Trails East Burke, Vermont
Levis-Trow Mound Neillsville, Wisconsin
Loon Lake TrailMcCall, Idaho
MoCo Loop Montgomery County, Maryland
Monarch Crest Poncha Springs/Salida, Colorado
Mountain Hero Carcross, Yukon
The Nan Epic North Conway, New Hampshire
Oak Mountain Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama
Ray's Indoor Bike ParkCleveland, Ohio
Skookum Flats Trail Enumclaw, Washington
The Southern Traverse Harrisonburg, Virginia
Syllamo Trails Mountain View, Arkansas
South Yuba Nevada City, California
Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Seneca, West Virginia
SwitchgrassWilson, Kansas
Tanasi Trails Ocoee, Tennessee
Telegraph Trails Durango, Colorado