When you're ready to hit the trails, you might as well push yourself while enjoying a great view. No matter your favorite environments, North American bike trails offer a wide variety of grades and trail composition.
If you like Moab in Utah, you're going to love Wasatch Crest up in Park City. Not only will you enjoy free shuttle buses, but Park City is bike friendly and excited to keep your bike repaired and running well.
Skiing fans probably already know all about the lift up to Bald Mountain, but have you checked out the Osberg Ridgeline Trail? You'll spend your time riding 12 miles of ridgeline, great views to either side, followed by a 3,000 foot descent back into town.
No place says mountains like Colorado, and bikers in Colorado all want to get to the 401 in Crested Butte. Great views of snowy mountains, meadows full of blooming plants and a 2,200 foot drop over nine miles.
California offers the Tahoe Rim trail, a well-built singletrack that stretches over six counties and even gets you into Nevada. Give yourself enough time to stop and enjoy the views.
Don't forget to go home to the homeland of mountain biking, the double track of Repack Road in Fairfax, California. You can go back to the roots of mountain biking on this 2.5 mile section and enjoy a cycling friendly city too.
When you're ready to go the distance, get up to Bangtail Divide Trail in Bozeman. This 31 mile run is mostly single track. The track was laid out by bikers and offers great descents on both sides of the trail. It won't take long in Bozeman to remind you of why Montana is called Big Sky Country.
You don't have to hit the Rockies to enjoy great mountain biking. North Carolina offers a terrific ride in the DuPont State Forest. Not only will you get to ride multiple loops with great views, but your ride ends with a fast descent of over a mile on Ridgeline Trail.
Stop by Deep Step in South Carolina for a great ride for more than 5 miles of well-maintained trail. You'll go deep into the woods of South Carolina and enjoy peace, calm and a great ride. Keep an eye out for wildlife and some serious rock drops!
Vermont also offers great mountain biking trails, notably Mountainside Loop. This remarkable trail is mostly dirt with a couple of water crossings. Just when you get tired of the terrain, you'll hit a decent jump that will get your heart pumping. Don't stop until you take the Knightslayer.
For a mountain surprise, go check out Bella Vista in northwest Arkansas. You'll find over 100 miles of single track. For beauty, get to Blowing Springs. Stop, look, enjoy and pay attention, because this trail feature some big rock drops. Northwest Arkansas also features some terrific scenic drives, so getting here will be half the beauty.
Make sure you stop and check out the Mountain Biking Capital of Canada, the Rossland, Canada home of world class biking races. Ride the Seven Summits and you have conquered almost 3000 feet in elevation!
Nobody believed that Burns Lake in British Columbia would be a world-class mountain biking park, so they took on the name When Pigs Fly with pride. This series of trails in Burns Lake offers a shuttle bus to get you started and a number of trails that will catch your attention. Push your luck on Smells Like Bacon trail!
You may not think the prairies offer much for mountain bikers, but the Black Hills of South Dakota are putting together some wicked trails. In addition to multiple fire trails and old logging roads, you can enjoy a great ride on the Centennial Trail. Don't forget to come back in the winter and try out your snow tires.
Even on the plains, you can be close to a great trail. In addition, bike-friendly towns are springing up all over the country as people get back to fitness and the fun of pushing yourself hard to conquer a great trail. No matter your riding goals, any of the tracks listed above would be a great way to get your adrenaline pumping.
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