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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +296/385 ft
Total: 1 riders
 

Mountain Biking Selkh Am

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#3 of 76 mountain bike trails in Mongolia
#412 in the world

This is a ~45 square kilometer area that is bounded by Belkh Road to the S, SE and E. It is bounded to the W by Doloon Buudal Road from Damdarjaa up to Shargamorit. Shargamorit is in the far NW corner of the area. Selkh Am (Selkh Valley) runs north and south right up the middle of the area. There is about 40 km of trail here, mostly consisting of old fading two track going up and down the side valleys and faint ST and two tracks on top of the ridges.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the center of Ulaanbaatar head north on Doloon Buudal to Belkh Road. Take Belkh Road northeast to the Selkh Am road (Selkh Valley road). Take a left and head north. If you don't know this intersection, just ask around; it can be tough to find. There are trails in the hills and high ridges on both sides of Selkh Am. Access is found on many of the little side dirt roads heading off the main road. Abundant access can also be found off Belkh Road on the SE and East side of the area.
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  • mongwolf
    *****

    Huge beautiful views, beautiful colors in the fall, blazing fast singletrack, sometimes in beautiful forest, sometimes on barren short grass slopes and ridges, remote feeling even though you are just 15 minutes or so from the center of the city. I miss you Selkh Am and Mongolia. Soooo grateful to the Lord for all the time I got to ride and explore the little mountains around Ulaanbaatar.

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  • mongwolf
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    The trail is about 8.5 mi long inside Selkh Am. If you count the downhill ridge ride from the fire tower above Selkh Am, then the trail/ride is 10 mi long. I prefer to start the ride all the way back at Selbe Amaralt and ride up to the fire tower (see map). This makes for a great 15 mi (24km) ride. A five star ride without question -- big climbs with huge DH payoffs and a great variety of beautiful scenery.

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  • mongwolf
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    You can also access the east ridge from the other side of the ridge at the NE corner of the area at Selbe Amaralt (camp). From the camp the quickest way to the top of the east ridge is head due west around the toe of a lower ridge coming down from the north. Once around the toe, follow the trail NW up the slope. It's about a mile climb and 750' of elevation pretty much straight up the fall line. You can also access the east ridge by heading north after you get around the toe of the ridge. There is a nice trail that heads due north contouring up the slope for a couple of miles. It is a nice ride in the forest. In the end it turns NW to obtain the top of the ridge.

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  • mongwolf
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    Very fun, beautiful, adventurous area. Once you are on trail, it feels so wild that it's hard to believe you are within the city limits of Ulaanbaatar -- a city of 1.5 million people. Ascending the ridge will require a large amount of hike-a-bike for most riders. Descending is very fast. Riding on the ridges is technical with lots of rock and faint ST. The ridges themselves can have steep technical climbs along with fast, oftentimes technical descents. Beautiful views throughout. I would rank the entire experience 4.5 stars. Really fun.

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  • mongwolf
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    You can access the east ridge (and the west ridge for that matter) from the last bus stop in the main valley of Selkh Am. This is shown on the trail map. But you can also access the east ridge from the other side of the ridge at the NE corner of the area at Selbe Amaralt (camp). From the camp the quickest way to the top of the east ridge is head due west around the toe of the lower ridge coming down from the north. Once around the toe, follow the trail NW up the slope. It's about a mile climb and 750' of elevation pretty much straight up the fall line. You can also access the east ridge by heading north after you get around the toe of the ridge. There is a nice trail that heads due north contouring up the slope for a couple of miles. It is a nice ride in the forest. In the end it turns NW to obtain the top of the ridge. Finally, you can access the east ridge by heading due north from the camp as shown on the map for the west ridge ride. All these options are really good rides, just different lengths mainly.

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  • mongwolf
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    The first time we rode this area about a year ago, we rode the east ridge from the last bus stop in Selkh Am. It's a relatively short ride (6 mi / 10 km), but a good one. Today we rode the west ridge. It is much more complex and bigger. You have to piece together two tracks and small singletracks to work you way south down the ridge. The area is a mix of big climbs, blazing descents, pretty forests, barren rocky slopes, and outstanding views. It takes a lot of physical effort and a lot of navigation. All in all, it makes for a great mountain biking experience.

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  • mongwolf
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    Very fun, beautiful, adventurous area. Once you are on trail, it feels so wild that it's hard to believe you are within the city limits of Ulaanbaatar -- a city of 1.5 million people. There is lots of steep climbing and descending mostly on big slopes breaking off high ridges. Ascending will require a large amount of hike-a-bike for most riders. Descending is very fast. Riding on the ridges is technical with lots of rock and faint ST. The ridges themselves can have steep technical climbs along with fast, oftentimes technical descents. Beautiful views throughout. I would rank the entire experience 5 stars. Really fun.

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