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A top-to-bottom beginner trail with two distinct sections.

Mountain Biking Easy

7.9 km
16 m
478 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.2 km
Shangri-La Map

According to the map, the top-to-bottom run on Shangri-La is the only beginner trail in the Purgatory Bike Park. However, Shangri-La consists of two very distinct sections: the upper trail and the lower trail. The upper trail is a much more natural singletrack experience, while the lower trail is a beautifully-built beginner flow trail.


While some riders (especially beginners who haven't ridden much outside of manicured bike park trails) may think that Upper Shangri-La is challenging, in the grand scheme of things, Upper Shangri-La is an incredible beginner trail, offering beautifully maintained benchcut singletrack flowing through a towering pine forest. The upper reaches of this trail also provide some of the best views in the bike park, where it crosses the ski runs. You'll enjoy gorgeous vistas looking straight north toward Engineer Mountain and Grayrock Peak that you can't get on the front side of the mountain.

Perhaps one thing that catches riders unawares is that there are several pedally climbs on Upper Shangri-La. While none of these are long or tough, it's better to not think of this as a true downhill trail but rather an all-mountain trail that you happened to get a shuttle bump to the top of, thanks to the lift.

Granted, there are a few blind corners, blind rocks, and one fairly steep section on Upper Shangri-La that can catch beginners unawares. But if you can weather these sections, you'll get to enjoy a spectacular, meandering mountain bike trail.

Lower Shangri-La is dramatically easier than what came before it. Gone are the climbs, narrow track, and blind features, and in its place is a beautifully-built beginner flow trail. The corners are wide and sweeping, the trail is smooth, and there's much less traffic on this trail. However, it is possible to get some speed going on a few sections of this trail, as the lower slopes of the mountain are a bit steeper. But with wide-open sight lines, the speed is easy to handle, making Lower Shangri-La perfect for beginner riders.

In fact, for a true beginner day out on the mountain, you could choose to ride up the Twilight Chairlift with your bike and simply rip laps on Lower Shangri-La. While Twilight is much slower than the main high-speed quad (aka Purgatory Village Express), that is an option you can definitely explore.



Mostly smooth and non-technical singletrack with unavoidable obstacles 2in/5cm tall or less. Avoidable obstacles may be present. Ideal for beginner riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

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