Regardless of your preferred terrain, flow, and distance, the US has some of the best mountain bike trails you can find. From steep climbs up the hills to challenging tight bends, every request dexterity, stamina, and grit. The rocks, roots, and streams determine the speed and accessibility of your ride. Here are some cool mountain bike trails to try in the United States.
1. McKenzie River Trail — Eugene, Oregon
Bending through the Cascade Mountains, the McKenzie River Trail offers 26.5 miles of tight single-track suitable for beginners as well as exciting for specialists. The tight turns through lavish green woodland and lava fields, hurdle past hot springs and brilliant blue pools, and the descent along a waterfall-lined mountain makes this MTB trail a must ride.
2. Poison Spider Mesa Trail — Moab, Utah
Moab — the best mountain biking destination for serious riders — combines Slickrock steeps and cracked sandstone trails to provide that challenge every expert longs for. The 13-mile loop on the West of Moab climbs over 1,000 feet in elevation onto Poison Spider Mesa and descends fast and sharp along Portal Trail.
3. Bangtail Divide Trail — Bozeman, Montana
This is Montana’s go-to spot for epic mountain biking experience. The 31-mile Bangtail Divide loop begins at Stone Creek trailhead, just outside of Bozeman and switchback up Stone Creek to Grassy Mountain. Then a downhill section whips you through pine forest with the trail ending at Brackett Creek. Quickly get back to Stone Creek through an easy eight miles along Highway 86.
4. Munds Wagon Trail — Sedona, Arizona
The 8-mile Munds Wagon Trail on the east of Sedona carves through Arizona’s iconic red rock landscape. The single-track climbs up 1,200 feet (with technical dips along the way) to Merry-Go-Round Rock and a massive limestone ledge which bulges out over the desert valley in Coconino National Forest. Then, descend along the rust-colored rock towers.
5. Tahoe Rim Trail — California/Nevada
The 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail with over 80 miles of accessible TRT circles Lake Tahoe — North America’s largest alpine lake. The single-track strip from Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit features stunning scenery along with lung-busting climbs, bewildering heights, and gut-wrenching descents.
6. Paradise Royale Trail — California
Deep in the King Range Mountains off California’s northern coast lies the Paradise Royale Trail. This 14-mile loop is one of the best mountain biking trails in America. It descends briefly and then ascends steadily out of a humid forest. The 19 lumpy switchbacks over “The Prince of Pain” takes you to Paradise Ridge and offers a vista of the Pacific Ocean below.
7. Finger Lakes Trail — New York
Asides its excellent running terrain, the Finger Lakes Trail system also has a technical branch trail in Letchworth State Park, close to the town of Mt. Morris. The 21.3-mile single track features several creek intersections, roots, drops, and fast flow through pine forest and gorges.
Have fun on these great trails all throughout the states!