5 Bucket List Mountain Bike Destinations

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Nothing beats a good day on your mountain bike ripping around with friends, working hard,and having a good time, no matter if it’s on local trails or exotic ones.

There are, however, some mountain bike trails that tend to stand above the rest.

These are the trails we dream about, perfect ribbons of singletrack that meander through beautiful landscapes, these are the mountain bike trails worth planning a trip around – they are bucket list trails.

Check out a couple areas and trails that we think every mountain biker should strive to ride in their two-wheeled adventure career.

Moab, Utah

biking moab

It’s hard to put into the words the bounty of world-class trails that exist in the Moab desert. The grippy sandstone slabs give traction that mountain bikers dream of.

Your bike tires will seemingly never slip, allowing you to climb and descent crazy terrain. There is hundreds of miles of singletrack in the area, which makes Moab a perfect destination for a mountain bike trip. The crown jewel of Moab is the Whole Enchilada trail.

This trail descends nearly 8,000’ through evergreen forests, aspen groves, then desert singletrack. The beginning is definitely a technical challenge, and the complete trail is best suited for mountain bikers that are comfortable with long days on difficult terrain. The ride usually takes riders between three and six hours to complete.

Bellingham, Washington

biking Bellingham Washington

The mountain bike trails near Bellingham offer great cross country and all mountain riding, with dreamy “hero” dirt, fun trails, and a great mountain biking community.

Galbraith is the centerpiece of Bellingham’s riding, spanning over 3,000 acres just southwest of town with mountain bike trails climbing up and down through the mossy Pacific Northwest forest.

There are 100+ trails here, ranging from flowy jump trails to tricky technical one. Try one of the classic Galbraith loops for a taste of the goods, dropping into the Evo trail to Unemployment Line, finishing with Atomic Dog.

Chuckanut Mountain offers some great shuttle accessed riding just outside of town, too, offering more great trail and Puget Sound views. The incredible dirt and immaculately sculpted trail make mountain biking in Bellingham so much fun.

Oakridge, Oregon

This town in Central Oregon has grown from an old timber town to a mountain bike paradise. The trails here are seemingly endless, with great flow throughout, and local shuttle opportunities that make it all that much easier to access.

The Alpine Trail is an Oakridge must-ride trail with its killer views and rolling singletrack. The buff trail snakes through a beautiful forest and out into high alpine meadows. There aren’t huge machine built features, but the Alpine trail is still flowy and fun. There is more climbing on Alpine than some other trails in the area, but it is well worth the extra effort.

The trail is sometimes ridden as part of the 24 mile A-T-C-A Loop, which combine the Upper Alpine, Tire Mountain, Clover Patch and Lower Alpine trails. This loop still requires a shuttle, but combines the trails for more mileage with 3,681’ of climbing and 7,000’ of descending.

Crested Butte, Colorado

biking Crested Butte Colorado

Picture this – ripping multi-thousand foot descents through golden aspen tree forests over and over again. Well, that’s exactly what you get at Crested Butte, plus an awesome lift-served bike park.

The high alpine riding is what makes Crested Butte so special. 401 trails is the Crested Butte classic, with over 2,000’ of descending through beautiful meadows and forests.

While it is hard to get tired of the flowy singletrack, riders looking for more of a technical challenge will find just that at Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Evolution Bike Park.

Fruita & Grand Junction, Colorado

Fruita is a legendary mountain bike destination, with hundreds of miles of some of the best riding in Colorado.

Located close to the Colorado and Utah border, the mountain biking in Fruita is a combination of styles from the two states; the trails have the rock of the Utah desert and elevation the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Visiting bikers will love exploring the great flowy ridgelines, and challenging technical routes, Fruita has it all.

There are several trail areas surrounding these towns, each with a unique character. The 18 Road trails offer flowy fun, while trails like Horsethief Bench are rocky and difficult, pick your poison, or try to ride them all.

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Richard Remick

Richard is the founder and the chief editor of Outside Pursuits. Passionate about the great outdoors, Richard spends much of his time in Colorado enjoying skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, and camping. When at home in Florida, he is most often found in the water. He loves water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. He is a certified scuba diver. Because of his wealth of knowledge and experience, Richard has been invited to contribute articles to many outdoor-focused websites, such as Florida Rambler, and has been profiled on travel websites such as JohnnyJet.

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