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Level: Intermediate
Length: 37 mi (59.5 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +433/608 ft
Total: 1 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bayanzurkh Uul Central

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#29 of 76 mountain bike trails in Mongolia
#4580 in the world

This is an area of 37 sq. km. (or 14 sq. mi and 9000 plus acres) in the center of the Bayanzurikh Uul range. It lies just east of Ulaanbaatar and just north (or NE) of the main road out of Ulaanbaatar. The entire range runs a little less than 20 km from UB to Nalaikh. The southerly slopes of the range are barren short grass and rocky ecotype. The northerly slopes are much more of a mix of barren short grass areas, rocky areas, stands of Siberian larch and a little Siberian birch.

In terms of trails there is a ton of two track running through this area. All of it is very well connected and is quite fun to ride. The climbs and descents are mostly 1.5 mi to 2.75 miles long (2.5 to 4.5 km long). If you just look around, you will often see a lot of singletrack which cows have made, running along the two track. Get off the two track and play on the singletrack. It is in good shape and often takes very fun lines. On the short grass slopes you can also just pop off the trails and go no trail. Go as big and steep as you like. It's all there.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the east gate of the city (Bayanzurikh Tovchoo) drive east 4.7 kilometers and you intersect with a major dirt road on your left heading up Bayanzurikh Uul (mountain). If you notice this road runs up a major pass/and drainage dissecting the range. There are two main passes that dissect the range. This is the first one you come to, leaving UB. This pass runs from the main road up over the top of the range and then back down to the Tuul River and is the western boundary of the Bayanzurikh Uul Central trail system. It is also the eastern boundary of the Bayanzurikh Uul West trail system. Then if you continue to drive another 6.3 km (11 kilometers from the east gate), you will reach a similar pass (but much smaller road) that dissects the mountain. This is the second pass, which similarly makes up the eastern boundary of the trail system (and the western boundary of Bayanzurikh Uul East trail system). You can begin your ride on either of these two passes or any number of trails in between them, heading up the mountain. I said that you drive east on the main road from the east gate. Actually, you drive in a strong SE direction, not east. The whole mountain range actual runs NW to SE though it doesn't feel like that on the ground.
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  • mongwolf
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    I love this trail. There is some great riding here -- fast flowy singletrack in a beautiful setting. The first 3/4 of a mile from the main THD off the road is a open and barren, but then the trail enters a nestled little valley and heads up to the pass. Once it enters this little valley, it is a beautiful setting. Be prepared for a couple of hike-a-bike sections as it does get steep near the top in both directions. But this just means there is more speed awaiting you. I don't know what it is, but this trail seems so charming to me.

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  • mongwolf
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    Fun trail. Fast throughout and furious in spots. Don't miss the narrow singletrack cow paths alongside the two track. These are good tracks, and they take some fun lines.

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  • mongwolf
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    Some good riding here, and it is especially good early in the year when the more heavily forested areas still have snow or are quite wet. There are prettier areas in Mongolia and around Ulaanbaatar, but don't miss exploring this area a little, especially early in the year. The riding is good.

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