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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +291/276 ft
Total: 1 riders
 

Mountain Biking Chengeltei Mountain North

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#7 of 76 mountain bike trails in Mongolia
#701 in the world

This network of trails lies in a mostly forested region of about 15 square miles (about 40 square kilometers). There is maybe 40 km of trail here. The trails are organic, grassy and hard packed. There is one trail you can ride pretty much due north (N-NW mostly) that stays pretty high up on the mountain ridge. Or you can drop off on the mountain slopes and side valleys on either side. Most of the main descents are about 500-1300 feet. It is a mile (1.6 km) climb north from the THD to crest the main ridge that runs north and have access to much of the area from the top. You can also head west from the THD and do a couple of different loops in that general direction.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
There are many points to start from: (1) off of Zuun Salaa Road, (2) Shargamorit Road (lots of access issues here) and Jigjidiin Road and (3) at the end of Chengeltei Road. I prefer this third option because it is closest to the center of town. To get to this third option, turn left (west) at the "Doloon Boodal" intersection, and head mostly NW up Chengeltei Road. Travel 6.8 km to the end of the road and THD. Pavement will break at 5.2 km, and then keep going another 1.6 km to a good parking spot. On this last stretch, stay near or along the tree line on your left until you get to the very last house in back on the dirt road. At this house you will see a fork. The right fork (the more defined dirt road) heads a little east of north and up towards Chengeltei Peak. The left fork (a little less defined dirt road) is the one you want. I runs generally NW. The parking spot is before and just below this last house near a log cabin on the left in the trees. The road levels for a moment here, so it's a good place to park. There is also a trail off to the west from this parking area. It's a lot of fun too and part of the whole system. All the trails in the area are accessible from this point and are mostly north of this trailhead.
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  • mongwolf
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    Rode Chengeltei today (or some of it) on 4/11. It had patches of deep snow on top and was mostly wet elsewhere. It will probably take until May for it to dry out. Still fun and pretty.

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  • mongwolf
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    Rode Two Dogs today (or some of it) on 4/11. It had patches of deep snow on top and was mostly wet elsewhere. It will probably take until May for it to dry out. Still fun and pretty.

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  • mongwolf
    Reviewing Two Dogs:
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    I failed to mention in my first review why the trail is called Two Dogs. There are a couple of dogs that live near the trailhead, and they will sometimes join you for a little adventure. They are friendly, playful and very intentional hunters. See photos. Give them a little snack, and they will join you for the entire day.

    I should also mention that this is a beautiful trail. The surface is a little torn up the first two hundred meters or so, but don't let that fool you. After that, it is pristine and beautiful. In June the wildflowers are brilliant, and in the fall (late Sep or early Oct) the larch are stunning. There are a couple of nice overlooks. The most notable is on the main trail heading north through the system. The overlook is about a 100 m before you turn west off this main trail.

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  • mongwolf
    Reviewing Two Dogs:
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    I love this little loop. The climbs are stout, and the downhills are very fast. It is a mix of singletrack and two track. The surface is a mix of slightly organic, hard pack and grass. It is not a very technical trail, but there are some rocks and rough spots throughout, but nothing bad. The technicality of the trail is mainly due to the high speeds at which you are riding at times. If you make a mistake downhill at speed, there will almost certainly be a substantial price to pay. The main descents/ascents range from about two-thirds of mile to 1.8 miles (1-3 km) each and about 825 to 1030 feet (250-315m) vertically. At four miles (6.5 km) in length, it is easy enough to ride the loop in both directions on the same ride. Or you can combine it with other trails in the system.

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  • mongwolf
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    The area around the trailhead is a bit chewed up, but once you past these sections, just 200 meters or so, two words best describe these trails -- pristine & fast. The downhills are blazing fast. What a great area to ride, and it's less than 9 miles (14km) from the center of the city.

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  • mongwolf
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    WOW ! ! ! Beautiful forest with beautiful overlooks. The trails are a mix of ST and two tracks and are mostly organic with roots and rocks mixed in here and there. A few areas can be very rocky. Nothing too technical but A LOT of fun. There is some really good speed to be gained on the long downhills. We rode a couple of days ago, and the wildflowers were prolific and the grasses and forbs were lush, lush green. Lots more exploring to do here. I guess I need to make a project out of it for a little while. Though the area is hilly, it's not as big and demanding as Bodg Uul.

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