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Featured Ride: Womble Trail, an IMBA Epic

Be sure to check out all of the Womble Trail details on MTB Project. If you enjoy your visit to the the Womble Trail, consider supporting Mountain Bike Arkansas.

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The famed, 35.5-mile Womble sits just west of historic Hot Springs, Arkansas. This IMBA Epic ride gains just a touch over 4,000 feet of elevation across its 95-percent singletrack route.

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If you’d like to ride the entire length of the Womble, or even a shorter point-to-point section, you’ll need to self-shuttle as no commercial options are available.

Be sure to check out all of the Womble Trail details on MTB Project. If you enjoy your visit to the the Womble Trail, consider supporting Mountain Bike Arkansas.

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Featured Ride: Skyline Downhill on Maui Island, Hawaii

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Hawaii is a bucket-list destination for travelers, but how is the riding? The 16-mile Skyline downhill run, beginning at 9,900 feet atop a dormant volcano, is the highlight of the Poli Poli Springs ride area on Maui.

Our web editor described this ride in Issue #177 after enjoying it, herself:  On a good day, you can see ‘the Big Island’ (Hawaii) from the peak. Farther down, the mountain is frequently under cloud cover, lending an ethereal quality to this ride that begins by descending over six miles of pumice-and moon-dust covered doubletrack. It’s a sketchy run that begs a full-face helmet and requires an hour-long, winding shuttle drive straight up from sea level to access the start point. The effort is worth it because the view—and the sensation of riding your bike down from the top of the world—is breathtaking.

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Skyline connects you to the Mamane Trail, two of the finest miles of singletrack I’ve ever put bike tires on. Beginning in grasslands over smooth trail, Mamane quickly shoots you down through foggy, lush forests of pine, eucalyptus, cypress, Chinese fir and redwoods, under which the trail grows increasingly peppered with chunky, volcanic detritus. The ride is finished off by a nearly eight-mile road descent through open grazing lands.

The half-day trip has a magical, can’t-get-this-anywhere-else feel to it that will leave you mesmerized by the multiple climate zones and unique landscapes you just pedaled through.

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Due to the rough pumice terrain, a full-face helmet and body armor are recommended. Dual-ply tires or a reinforced casing are also a good idea.

Be sure to check out MTB Project for all the details. And, while you’re in Hawaii, be sure to check out the other amazing ride options.

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Featured Ride: Olleros Downhill near Lima, Peru

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For this week’s Featured Ride, we’re taking you to Peru in the southern hemisphere. Though this might seem like a great winter destination, this ride is actually available during the local winter season, May to November.

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This 33-mile shuttle ride descends from an elevation of 11,191 feet all the way down to the Pacific Ocean, gaining just 267 feet of elevation in the process. Sounds like a bucket list ride, to us! Take a look at the elevation profile.

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Olleros Downhill - Peru2Expect mind-boggling vistas as you descend. The trail is steeper and more technical during the first third of the ride, then gradually mellows out from there on. A full suspension bike is a must.

You’ll need to secure a shuttle for this ride. Thankfully, there are several good tour company options in Lima. Plan for a big day in the saddle as most of the tour companies suggest an average time of 5 hours for the ride and 5-6 hours of total travel.

Here are a few of your options:

Be sure to plan ahead using MTB Project.


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Featured Ride: Paradise Royale Loop

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This mountain-bike-specific trail system in the Paradise Ridge area of the King Range National Conservation Area is the result of a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), along with the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association.

The 11.6-mile Paradise Royale Loop is a great introduction to the Paradise Royale Trail System, gaining a little over 2,200 feet of elevation along the way.

If you’d like some additional mileage, add in an out-and-back run on the Pacific Rim Trail as you see fit. If you want to go big, park at the shelter cove lot and and ride Courtyard and Pacific Rim out to the Paradise Royale Loop, then return on Pacific Rim and Courtyard. That’ll be a big day on the bike; nearly 30 miles and nearly 6,000 feet of climbing.

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Be sure to research your visit on MTB Project prior to visiting.


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Featured Ride: Cottonwood Valley Trail System – Blue Diamond Loop

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Ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas? If so, you might want to bring or rent a bike to ride off your hangover on New Year’s day. Believe it or not, the Las Vegas region offers a lot of great riding, from the Boulder Canyon trails to the Cowboy Trails just south of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, to the Cottonwood Valley Trails we’re featuring here.

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This 10.2-mile Blue Diamond Loop is recommended for beginner to intermediate riders. If you’re looking for more, options for adding mileage and difficulty are plenty.

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This ride conveniently starts and ends at McGhie’s Bike Outpost in Blue Diamond, Nevada. Stock up on parts and supplies, or rent a bike and travel light.

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Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project if you plan to ring in the New Year on the Cottonwood Valley Trails.

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Featured Ride: Black Canyon Trail IMBA Epic



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The Black Canyon Trail (BCT) is truly epic, stretching from Highway 69 south to the Carefree Highway, just north of Phoenix. This MTB Project ride lists total mileage at 67.5 miles of 100% singletrack, but I’ve also read reports of 78 miles of total rideable trail. Either way, you’ll want to break this ride into sections by riding out and back or point to point with a shuttle.

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As you can see in the elevation chart, the BCT trends downhill from roughly 4,200 feet to 1,600 feet at the end. Don’t be fooled though, you’ll still climb nearly 5,000 feet of elevation throughout the course of the ride.

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If you’d like to do the BCT in one multi-day session, Hermosa Tours offers a 3-day, 2-night self-guided tour along 78 miles of the BCT. As the name suggest, tour guest guide themselves during the day while a Hermosa Tour guide breaks down camp in the morning, then moves and sets up camp at the following day’s destination.

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The BCT is best tackled in early spring and late fall due to soaring summer temperatures in the region. Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project if you plan to visit.


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Featured Ride: Fort Clinch State Park, Florida

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Not all great rides have to be epic death marches. Fort Clinch State Park, just north of Jacksonville, Florida, offers a fun and flowing loop that offers a mere 80 feet of elevation gain in 5.4 miles. Take a look at the elevation chart and you’ll see a low elevation of just three feet above sea level, topping out at 27 feet.

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But this intermedia ride is just a stone’s throw from the beach. The route features a mixed forest of mossy oak, pine and palmetto. The trail is not overly technical but does include some tight, twisting sections and some steep ups and downs.

After you’ve finished riding, be sure to check out the one of the most well preserved 19th century forts in the United States, which was rebuilt and preserved by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project.

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Featured Ride: Bull and Jake Mountain—IMBA Epic

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If you plan to visit, be sure to check out all the details via MTB Project. While you’re there, check out some of the other rides we pedalled during out trip to Northern Georgia. Mulberry Gap is a mountain biker’s dream destination, and Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay is your best bet for mechanical support and expertise.


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As we discovered during our spring break trip to Mulberry Gap just outside of Ellijay, Georgia, the mountains of Northern Georgia are an underappreciated hot bed of incredible mountain biking. This region’s combination of significant tracts of public land in the Chattahoochee National Forest, ample elevation change, old logging infrastructure, CCC-era legacy trails and a thriving mountain bike culture make this region a prime destination. And, it’s less than 100 miles north of Atlanta.

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This week’s featured ride, the Bull and Jake Mountain IMBA Epic, traverses just over 25 miles, gaining a tick over 3,000 feet of elevation. Glance at that elevation profile and you’ll notice a lot of that altitude is gained in the last big climb, starting around mile 16. The upside of riding this loop counter-clockwise is the roughly 5-mile descent back to the start.

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Located at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the Bull Mountain and Jake Mountain trail network includes more than 50 miles of great riding, including an IMBA Epic route that covers a good chunk of the trails. You’ll get little bit of everything: red clay singletrack, loose rocks, take-off-your-shoes stream crossings, and some steep, sustained climbs.

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If you plan to visit, be sure to check out all the details via MTB Project. While you’re there, check out some of the other rides we pedalled during out trip to Northern Georgia. Mulberry Gap is a mountain biker’s dream destination, and Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay is your best bet for mechanical support and expertise.


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Featured Ride: Bomb Dog Loop – Coldwater Mountain, Alabama



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Alabama might not be the first state to come to mind as a mountain bike destination, but Coldwater Mountain near Anniston, Alabama, is positioned to change that notion. Coldwater Mountain has earned Bronze-level status as an IMBA Ride Center with 25 miles of newly constructed trails already on the ground. Plans are in place to increase the trail offerings to 75 miles by 2017.

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Coldwater Mountain’s trails range from rocky and technical to beginner singletrack to a 2-mile downhill flow trail with tons of opportunity for air time and black diamond line options. The city of Anniston takes the trails seriously and is improving its downtown to support incoming mountain bike traffic. Speaking of which, you can ride your bike to the trails from town and get to Anniston via Amtrak train.

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The Bomb Dog Loop, named for a local bomb detection canine who is believed to have died on the mountain, clocks in a tick over 10 miles. It gains just shy of 1,300 feet of elevation and should be ridden in a clockwise fashion to maximize your downhill fun. Speaking of fun, the videos below showcase just how much of it Coldwater Mountain offers.

Thanks to IMBA and the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association for making the Coldwater Mountain trail system a reality.

Coldwater Mountain, Alabama | 2013 from IMBA on Vimeo.

Trail Heads | Coldwater Mountain Alabama from IMBA on Vimeo.


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Featured Ride: Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon – IMBA Epic

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Just an hour and a half drive northeast of San Diego you’ll find the gold rush town of Julian, and just a few miles south of that former boom town, you’ll find the trailhead for the Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon IMBA Epic.

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This 29-mile ride descends and ascends 3,800 feet of elevation as it traverses as mix of fire roads and singletrack (70 percent). James Murren wrote eloquently of his outing on this Epic and other nearby trails in Issue #182.

“Noble is no joke. It is big and remote, with ample opportunity to crash and burn the ego.”

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Be sure to plan your visit appropriately. You might find some snow at the higher elevations during winter months. In the summer months, expect hot temps regardless of elevation.

Check out all the ride details on MTB Project prior to visiting, and consider supporting the San Diego Mountain Biking Association after your ride.

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Just an hour and a half drive northeast of San Diego you’ll find the gold rush town of Julian, and just a few miles south of that former boom town, you’ll find the trailhead for the Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon IMBA Epic.

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This 29-mile ride descends and ascends 3,800 feet of elevation as it traverses as mix of fire roads and singletrack (70 percent). James Murren wrote eloquently of his outing on this Epic and other nearby trails in Issue #182.

“Noble is no joke. It is big and remote, with ample opportunity to crash and burn the ego.”

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Be sure to plan your visit appropriately. You might find some snow at the higher elevations during winter months. In the summer months, expect hot temps regardless of elevation.

Check out all the ride details on MTB Project prior to visiting, and consider supporting the San Diego Mountain Biking Association after your ride.

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Featured Ride: Fresno-Sauceda Loop – IMBA Epic



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As fall and winter continue to march south, so too will our featured rides. This week we’re highlighting Big Bend Ranch State Park, which sits just north and west of Big Bend National Park in the southwest corner of Texas. It’s extremely remote, extremely beautiful and highly likely to provide you with a big does of solitude. The closest towns of Lajitas and Terlingua feel like wild west outposts and Mexico is merely a stone’s throw away, should you be feeling adventurous.

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Given its southern location, this IMBA Epic ride is best enjoyed in the cooler months from October to mid-April. And it is epic, indeed, clocking in at 59 miles and nearly 4,000 feet of elevation gain, despite being just 40 percent singletrack. You’re guaranteed to feel small riding through purple, yellow and orange hills and past ruins of old mining camps full of rusty trucks.

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Mileage aside, this is not a ride to take lightly. Due to the prickly nature of the Chihuahuan desert, tubeless tires are recommended, along with spares tubes with sealant. Plan to manage all mechanical issues because this is lightly trafficked, remote terrain with no cell phone coverage. If you’re feel adventurous, pack your bivy and make an overnight trip out of this loop.

This IMBA Epic ride combines much of the best riding in Big Bend Ranch State Park into one Epic Loop. The loop consists of a variety of riding conditions with a mix of singletrack, creek beds, and 4×4 roads. The singletrack is a nicely flowing combination of hard pack and rocky trails with lots of short steep climbs and dry creek crossings. Many of the 4×4 roads have not seen motorized traffic for many years and are essentially two track trails. There are significant numbers of long, steep, technical and rocky climbs and descents. Creek riding conditions vary from hard-packed and easily rideable to sandy and soft with some rocky and technical sections.

Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project before you visit. And, consider supporting the Big Bend Trails Alliance for all their hard work maintaining these trails. If you would like to spend a long weekend exploring this Epic and other nearby trails with likeminded mountain bikers, check out the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest, Feb. 11-13. Our web editor is a native Texan who attended the event last year. The landscape so moved her that she intends to keep going back, despite the 13-hour drive from central Colorado.

True, Big Bend State Park is in the middle of nowhere, but that’s a big part of what makes it such an adventure. Don’t miss Big Bend Brewing Company in nearby Alpine (a college town) and the quirky Starlight Theatre in Terlingua. If you have time, travel about two hours north to explore the fine art, fine food and NPR station in Marfa (population 1,800), attend a star party at the McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis, and take a hike in Big Bend National Park.


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Featured Ride: Gooseberry Mesa – The Big Loop

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Gooseberry Mesa, located in Utah’s southwest corner, is simply one of the most magical places I’ve camped and ridden in the American west. Granted, there’s a lot of territory I haven’t visited, but there’s no denying the worthiness of this destination.

Having been constructed over 20 years ago by the Harris brothers, the Gooseberry Mesa trails were granted National Recreational Trail Status in 2006. Not only that, but Gooseberry Mesa is on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) list of “Backyard to Backcountry” treasures. Just look at these photos to understand why.

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Before you ride, you’ll need to get there. Gooseberry sits just east of Hurricane, Utah, off route 59. You’ll need to drive along a couple of dirt roads to access the trailhead, but don’t try to do so after any substantial rain. The road up on the mesa becomes a sticky, slippery mess when wet.

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It’s worth noting there’s no water available up on the mesa, so plan accordingly. Dispersed camping is permitted on BLM lands and there are indeed some incredible campsites along the main road. There’s even a pit toilet at the trailhead which is a big deal if you want to hang out for a few days.

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Gooseberry’s slickrock riding is best described as punchy. There’s not a great deal of elevation gain and loss, but there are tons of short, steep climbs and descents. In total, this 13.1-mile ride has less than 600 feet of climbing, but the intensity of the riding more than makes up for it.

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Be sure to check out all the details of this ride on MTB Project and get busy planning your trip. Plan to hit JEM and the other awesome trails between Gooseberry and Hurricane as well as the Little Creek Mesa trails while you’re there.

There’s more than enough riding in this area to stay for multiple days, possibly up to a week if you incorporate nearby Zion National Park into your itinerary. Seriously, put this place on your bucket list and make it happen!


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Featured Ride: Big South Fork IMBA Epic



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Big South Fork

The massive 125,000-acre Big South Fork (BSF) National River and Recreation Area, which sits roughly 80 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, was one of the first National Park Service units to embrace mountain biking back in the early 1990s. Though just one trail was initially open to mountain biking, additional trails have steadily been opened to mountain bike access through the years.

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Now BSF boasts this 33-mile IMBA Epic that’s 85 percent singletrack and offers nearly 3,000 feet of climbing.

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The area’s rolling terrain and sandstone bluffs offer plenty of elevation gain and loss and lots of interesting trailside features.

As the fall foliage peak continues its steady march south, now is the time to make the trip to BSF. Be sure to check out the full details on MTB Project.

If you enjoy riding BSF, consider supporting the Big South Fork Bike Club for all its hard work maintaining, adopting and patrolling the BSF’s trails.



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Featured Ride: Douthat State Park IMBA Epic

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Douthat State Park

Douthat State Park sits in the Appalachian Mountains just a little over an hour’s drive north of Roanoke, Virginia. This 4,500 acre park provides a mix of newly-constructed trails as well as many miles of Civilian Conservation Corps legacy trails.

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This 18-mile IMBA Epic loop is the highlight reel of the 40+ miles of trails at Douthat. A quick glance at the elevation profile shows no shortage of climbing—more than 3,600 feet of gain throughout the course of the ride.

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With fall pushing it’s way south, foliage will be peaking at Douthat any day now. This weekend should be particularly stunning.

Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project.

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Featured Ride: Phil’s World near Cortez, CO

The Phil’s World trail system, near Cortez, Colorado, is a worthy destination for a multitude of reasons. First, the riding is absolutely amazing. Second, this riding area illustrates what can be achieved when local advocacy groups are able to form strong partnerships with land managers like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Phil’s World exists on BLM land that’s been designated a “Backyard to Backcountry” treasure. Read more about the BLM’s initiative to connect communities with recreational opportunities here. A portion of the land on which these trails exist is leased by the Kokopelli Bike Club, which asks non-members to contribute $3 per person when riding at Phil’s World.

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Back to the riding. The Phil’s world system is comprised of 26.8 miles of purpose-built directional singletrack. These trails traverse rolling terrain with climbs less than 400 feet of elevation.

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Roller coaster singletrack through the high desert of SW Colorado.

— Jeff Fox on Dec 5, 2013

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The Phil’s World trail system, near Cortez, Colorado, is a worthy destination for a multitude of reasons. First, the riding is absolutely amazing. Second, this riding area illustrates what can be achieved when local advocacy groups are able to form strong partnerships with land managers like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Phil’s World exists on BLM land that’s been designated a “Backyard to Backcountry” treasure. Read more about the BLM’s initiative to connect communities with recreational opportunities here. A portion of the land on which these trails exist is leased by the Kokopelli Bike Club, which asks non-members to contribute $3 per person when riding at Phil’s World.

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Back to the riding. The Phil’s world system is comprised of 26.8 miles of purpose-built directional singletrack. These trails traverse rolling terrain with climbs less than 400 feet of elevation.

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Roller coaster singletrack through the high desert of SW Colorado.

— Jeff Fox on Dec 5, 2013

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Featured Ride: Mohican State Park MTB Trail near Loudonville, Ohio



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Ohio might not be the first state that jumps to your mind when you’re looking for a mountain bike destination. But, the 22.2-mile loop around Mohican State Park is well worth the trip. I’ve only ridden the approximately 8-mile short loop and have been itching to get back for the long loop ever since. Still don’t believe me? Well, this ride is currently ranked the eighth best ride in the entire MTB project database. It’s legit.

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In my limited experience, the riding at Mohican offers incredible flow, but with enough technical sections to keep you on your toes. It’s also absolutely beautiful in the fall.

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If you plan to visit Mohican, be sure you can grab a map from the park office for a couple of dollars. Or, utilize MTB Project to navigate. Be aware there aren’t many bail out points on this ride. Best to bring a snack and enjoy the whole experience.

If you’re looking for an even bigger challenge, I’ve heard the Mohican 100 is an awesome race.


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Featured Ride: Darling Hill Loop at Kingdom Trails in Vermont



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Kingdom Trails is one of the premier mountain bike destinations on the east coast, if not the entire United States. Sure, it doesn’t have the epic scenery of Sedona or Moab, but the riding is world class and the quaint little town of Burke, Vermont is very welcoming to cyclists. Much of the area’s economic growth revolves around its status as a mountain bike destination.

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The 13-mile Darling Hill Loop is the perfect tour for folks who haven’t yet visited Kingdom Trails. This highlight-reel ride will be particularly scenic this time of year as the leaves begin to change.

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The Kingdom Trails Association (KTA) stewards the public and private land on which Kingdom Trails is built to provide summer and winter recreation as well as to conserve the area’s natural resources.

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For me, Kingdom Trails offers the perfect balance of technical and flow riding. There’s plenty of speed to be had and enough technical features to keep you on your toes.

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Kingdom Trails is a pay-to-play destination. The $15 day pass supports the KTA’s mission and helps fund trail building and maintenance.

A Kingdom Odyssey from T-Bar Films on Vimeo.

Dirt Rag Contributor Rob Whelan wrote about his trip to Kingdom Trails earlier this summer. Read his story here.

If you haven’t yet made the trip to Kingdom Trails, put it on your bucket list. And, be sure to sample the Darling Hill Loop while you’re there.



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Featured Ride: Sky Mountain Park Loop Near Aspen and Snowmass


As summer begins to show the first signs of the approaching fall, we’ll continue to feature some high-country rides while they remain accessible. This week’s Featured Ride loops up into the mountains between Aspen and Snowmass, offering breathtaking views of 14,000-foot peaks in the neighboring Elk Mountain range.

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This 18.3-mile route features 2,175 feet of climbing and a maximum elevation of 8,632 feet. MTB Project users have rated this loop intermediate in difficulty.

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As the name suggests, this loop travels through Sky Mountain Park, which was officially named in 2012. For more than two decades, a partnership of local municipalities and nonprofit organizations have worked together to add 2,500 acres of this beautiful ridgeline to the region’s public open space program. For more details, check out the Park’s management plan. Most of the trails within this section of the ride are recently constructed and machine built for both flow and sustainability.

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If you plan to visit, be sure to read all of the details on MTB Project and consider supporting the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association in support of its stewardship of the area’s trails.

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Featured Ride: North Umpqua IMBA Epic



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This 69.5-mile trail segment certainly lives up to it’s status as an IMBA Epic. Don’t let that mileage turn you off though, as the North Umpqua Trail (NUT) can be ridden in segments or in its entirety as supported adventure.

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Ridden west to east the NUT climbs along the North Umpqua River, gaining 9,000 feet of elevation while descending 5,300 feet. I know for certain I’d choose to ride the NUT from east to west so I could descend 9,000 feet while climbing only 5,300.

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If you like endless singletrack through old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, then North Umpqua is for you. The route is a long-distance adventure best ridden in sections or over the course of multiple days with a support vehicle. For the hearty and fit, the route can be done in two days. For those who have the time, 4-5 days is very enjoyable.

Alternately, Oregon-based guide service Cog Wild offers guided tours of the NUT that look absolutely fabulous.

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This video gives you a first-person taste what this incredible trail has to offer.

Be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project.



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Featured Ride: Phillip’s Ridge to Phillip’s Canyon via Snotel

If you’re planning to visit, be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project.


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MTB Project encourages users to rank rides and trails in order to help other riders prioritize ride options when exploring new trails. Rider’s who have been lucky enough to ride this high-country route have rated it favorably enough to capture the number one rating in the region surrounding Grand Teton National Park and number two in the entire state of Wyoming. It’s sure to be a good time.

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This 14.4-mile loop starts from the trailhead on Fish Run Road, just north of Wilson. You’ll earn your turns by climbing gradually for the first 8 miles or so to a maximum elevation of 8,427 feet. Throughout the entire ride you’ll gain just shy of 2,500 feet of elevation.

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After mile 10, you’ll begin to reap the rewards of your effort as you begin the technical 4-mile descent back down to the trailhead on Phillip’s Canyon trail. This video from Yeti Cycles gives you a little bit of perspective on the riding in the Jackson area.

If you’re planning to visit, be sure to check out all the details on MTB Project.


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