Guidebook

Bucket List Worthy: All 4 of Colorado’s IMBA Epic Rides

Hit all 4 of Colorado's IMBA Epics on one epic trip!

Description

For years, IMBA’s list of “Epic” rides has inspired mountain bikers from around the world to pack their bags and travel to a far-flung locale to pedal a long, gnarly, challenging backcountry trail that was almost guaranteed to change your life. IMBA describes their epics as "immersive rides that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration.” These trails are so worthy of celebration that many mountain bikers have set a lifelong goal of completing all of the rides on IMBA’s list of Epics.

That goal could prove challenging, as the list continues to change over time. New trails are added almost every year due to the crowd-sourced nomination process, and occasionally old trails are removed. But the trails that remain are always worthy of exploration!

While many states—or even countries—can only claim to have a single Epic Ride, Colorado is home to an impressive four designated Epics. In this guidebook, we’ve rounded up all four Epics to form the perfect itinerary for your next Colorado getaway!

Source:
IMBA.com

Monarch Crest
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Monarch Crest

Salida
58.6 km
1,043 m
2,222 m
This epic trail provides high alpine ridge top riding at treeline with views for hundreds of miles in all directions, finishing with a ripping descent down the mountain.
Difficult
Private
Buffalo Creek IMBA Epic Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Buffalo Creek IMBA Epic Loop

Buffalo Creek
39.2 km
878 m
878 m
A big loop of the most iconic trails at the popular Buffalo creek.
Moderate
Private
Aspen Snowmass IMBA Epic Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aspen Snowmass IMBA Epic Loop

Aspen Summer
90.3 km
2,917 m
2,917 m
An incredible Mega Loop that's 95% on singletrack!
Difficult
Private
Colorado Trail: Molas Pass to Engineer Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Colorado Trail: Molas Pass to Engineer Mountain

Durango
32.4 km
1,130 m
1,056 m
The inaugural segment of the famous Silverton to Durango stretch of the Colorado Trail.
Severe
Private
Colorado Trail Segment 26: Blackhawk Pass
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Colorado Trail Segment 26: Blackhawk Pass

Durango
17.9 km
553 m
777 m
A stunningly beautiful section of the Colorado Trail running through the rugged San Juan Mountains.
Severe
Private
Colorado Trail: Segment 27
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Colorado Trail: Segment 27

Durango
37.4 km
1,464 m
1,082 m
A sky-scraping stretch of trail, with incredible views from Indian Trail Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Colorado Trail: Kennebec Pass to Durango
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Colorado Trail: Kennebec Pass to Durango

Durango
43.0 km
1,450 m
2,144 m
Kennebec Pass to Durango is a ripping enduro-style descent starting high above tree line and dropping down gnarly singletrack all the way to town.
Severe
Private