North Backbone

4.63 out of 5
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↑ 3,500 ft
↓ 3,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
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!
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (8)


July 5, 2018
triton189 Singletrack  
Review: Really cool technical trail with some decent short punchy climbs and techy sections. Loves some of the skinny rock gulches you had to pass thru. Highly recommend this out and back trail.

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August 22, 2017
Review: Grreat trail as part of the Arkansas Hills trail system. This is a nice piece of singeltrack, and it is on the more technical side in comparison to the rest of the system.

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Bunny Hop

February 3, 2015
kaseytea Bunny Hop  
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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November 13, 2014
uber_franz Trailblazer  
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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July 12, 2014
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
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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March 24, 2014
WesternSLP Gramcounter  
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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October 9, 2012
John Fisch Epic  
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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World Champ

June 18, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
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 4.63 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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