Guidebook

Top 10 Must-Ride Mountain Bike Trails in the USA

All 10 of these trails belong on your "ride-before-I-die" list!

Description

With thousands of miles of sublime singletrack spread across the nation, attempting to choose the 10 absolute best mountain bike trails in a country as massive as the United States of America is an exercise in futility. Even trying to narrow down the list of towns to the 10 best destinations is so difficult that mountain bike journalists continue to write new articles and lists every single year. So while these 10 trails could all vie for a spot on the list of the best trails in the nation, I’m going to merely claim that these are all “must-ride” trails that you have to put on your todo list. Like, right now.

With this top 10 list, I aimed for geographic diversity but without sacrificing ride quality. On this list, you’ll find trails from all four corners of the lower 48 states and even a trail in the Midwest, of all places. Of course, most of this list is naturally anchored in the Western USA, but that’s for a good reason: it’s tough to compete with the scale and the caliber of the superb mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains!

And yet, diversity still reigns. These trail selections serve up dry, rocky desert riding on the Hiline trail in Sedona, Arizona. Endless alpine views from the Monarch Crest Trail in Salida, Colorado. Lush rainforest jump lines at Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, Washington. And so, so much more!

Whatever your preferred flavor of riding and whichever corner of the nation you choose to visit, dive into this list to discover your next world-class must-do mountain bike ride!

Sources:
Singletracks.com
MensJournal.com

The Whole Enchilada
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Whole Enchilada

Moab
50.2 km
873 m
2,752 m
One of the most epic mountain bike rides of all time, the Whole Enchilada drops over 7,000 feet of vertical and passes through every climate zone imaginable, from high alpine tundra to desert.
Extreme
Private
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
Hiline
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hiline

Sedona
14.2 km
330 m
330 m
Hiline offers stunning views of the Red Rocks region from exposed mountainside singletrack. Finish it off with a raucous descent down a black-diamond plunge!
Extreme
Private
Bangtail Divide
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bangtail Divide

36.5 km
1,113 m
1,097 m
The Bangtail Divide is Bozeman's favorite ridgetop romp, but you do have to work for it
Severe
Private
Downieville Downhill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Downieville Downhill

Downieville
24.4 km
306 m
1,572 m
A shuttle run of epic proportions, dropping thousands of feet from a mountain top down to a river bottom.
Severe
Private
Kingdom Trails: Eastern Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kingdom Trails: Eastern Loop

29.5 km
861 m
862 m
An introduction to the eastern half of the famous Kingdom Trail Network.
Difficult
Private
Sandy Ridge: Intermediate Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Sandy Ridge: Intermediate Loop

15.5 km
574 m
574 m
The most comprehensive route at Sandy Ridge, Portland's go-to mountain biking hotspot.
Difficult
Private
Unemployment Line Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Unemployment Line Loop

15.1 km
399 m
399 m
Unemployment Line is Galbraith's marquee jump trail, and is largely responsible for Galbraith's international fame.
Severe
Private
Dupont State Forest Slickrock
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dupont State Forest Slickrock

Brevard
11.8 km
377 m
377 m
Experience Dupont's famous slickrock balds in the most efficient way possible.
Severe
Private
Copper Harbor: The Flow Loop

Copper Harbor: The Flow Loop

14.8 km
275 m
276 m
A pedal-driven loop on Copper Harbor's famous "The Flow" Trail.
Difficult
Private