A short, easy introduction to mountain biking in Cumberland Forest.


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If you're a new mountain biker and are looking to dip your toes into the sport, Cumberland can be a great place to learn! This short 2-mile loop provides the perfect beginner-friendly taste of mountain biking right next to the trailhead. From the trailhead, pedal up the dirt road a short way to pick up the Spanker trail on the left.

Spanker is a non-technical singletrack trail on a mellow grade that will help you get a feel for what mountain biking in Cumberland Forest has to offer.

After pedaling up a small rise, you'll roll down a small hill back toward a junction with the dirt road. At the junction, take a right turn onto Kitty Litter and follow it to Space Nugget.

This two-trail combination provides a short, flowy descent back down to the trailhead that is perfect for getting a feel for Cumberland mountain biking.

On Kitty Litter, you'll encounter a few rocks in the trail, some low berms, and a few wooden bridges that are close to the ground.

Practicing on these low-consequence wooden bridges will help build your confidence on manmade features. Space Nugget continues the swoop and flow with a series of beautifully-sculpted back-to-back berms on delightful singletrack.

This section of trail is a bit rootier than Kitty Litter, providing a slightly different trail character. Before you know it, you'll be back to the trailhead.

If you're still looking for more riding, try stepping up with [this figure-8 route anchored by Missing Link](https://fatmap.com/routeid/2995124/missing-link-figure-8/). Sources: [Canadian MTB, Youtube](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVXlSOYMNns&ab_channel=CanadianMTB)