North Backbone

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↑ 3,500 ft
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4.67 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Greg Heil World Champ on June 17, 2012
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This trail is 3.2 miles in one direction. You can either ride up to it via the singletrack and or you can access it by riding up CR 175 (Ute Trail). Both ends of this trail are at roughly the same elevation, so there are no serious climbs or descents along it. Still, the trail is rolling, so be prepared to do some pedaling!

North Backbone is very narrow and pretty technical in spots. There's exposure, tough turns, great views, rock gardens, tough climbs, sand, cliff overhangs, and more... enjoy!
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kaseytea on February 3, 2015
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Review: This trail is not for beginners! It is awesome if you are good in tight trails with big rocks. We got dropped off at the top si it was all downhill which was awesome.

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uber_franz on November 12, 2014
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Review: Rode north out of town and started this tail from Ute Trail to the south to connect back to S mountain. Had a blast! The locals have done a great job building this into a fun trail. Stay on your toes: plenty of little techy spots, but mostly just winding fun through the junipers and pinons. Enjoy!

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Fit4Life28 on July 12, 2014
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Review: What a fun and challenging trail. Great if you're an advance intermediate or expert rider. Can't wait to make another trip from GA to ride this again.

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WesternSLP on March 24, 2014
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Review: This was a varied, fun, and techie out-n-back. As an intermediate plus rider, North Backbone was a Sunday cruz of 30 minutes out and 25 minutes back. The mid-section provides advanced moves, and if you miss you will leave a little blood, I got close a few times! Will need to ride a few times to know what is coming.

Overall, great trail that changes up the S-Mountain experience. Huge views of the Ark Valley and 14ers, so even if you need to walk some areas worth the ride! For the advanced rider, this is a power ride; intermediate side, this trail will push you and make you better.

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John Fisch on October 9, 2012
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Review: This is a varied, consistently entertaining stretch of singletrack with some fast&flowy, some narrow&techy and plenty of roller coaster ups and downs. It's either a singletrack out and back or a loop with a lot of road.

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Greg Heil on June 17, 2012
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Review: Excellent trail! I crashed hard on it and got pretty beat up, but I still loved it!

Update: this trail is just excellent! The views, the narrow tread, the challenging rocks.... this is such a mixed bag that a little bit of everything will get thrown at you, but it's a truly awesome experience! Definitely recommend it as an out-and-back.

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North Backbone MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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