Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Configuration: Out & Back
Total: 7 riders
Mountain Biking Zaisan Chutes
#1 of 76 mountain bike trails in Mongolia
#215 in the world
The trail runs through a mixed conifer forest of Siberian Larch, Siberian White Pine and Siberian Spruce. The entire trail consists of soft organic ST covered with soft burnt orange larch needles. It is an out and back -- up on the way out and down on the way back.
The Chutes themselves make up most of the route. They drop 1350 ft (410m) in just 1.25 miles (2km). They are fast and furious but soft and relatively smooth with a few fun obstacles along the way. Run them as fast as you dare.
After you reach the top of the Chutes (pedaling and pushing), you can just turn around and run back down or you can take a left and keep following the ST up the mountain. It is a MUCH more gradual climb from the top of the Chutes onward. I usually continue to the first very large opening in the forest (you can't miss it). It is an exposed ridge-like area, maybe just 0.75km (1/2 mile) from the top of the Chutes. This is a good place to turn around though the trail continues. You can access many more miles of trails from here, but it is much slower going for a while.
From this upper opening back down to parking lot at the camp is about 4 km (2.5 mi). It is one awesome fun ST DH. The entire route drops 1765 ft (~540m). This is the first trail in Mongolia to be posted on Singletracks. I have chosen the Zaisan Chutes because it is one of my favorite trails in Mongolia. Like most trails in Mongolia, the trail actually does not have an official name. I am naming the trail, "The Zaisan Chutes" after "The Chutes" in Colorado Springs. The main chutes are just about the same length as in COS, but three times steeper and quite organic in places (unlike the Chutes in the Springs). Welcome to mountain biking in Mongolia. More to come.
First added by mongwolf on May 29, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
- Drinking water: unknown
- Lift service: unknown
- Night riding: unknown
- Pump track: unknown
- Restrooms: unknown
- Fat bike grooming: unknown
- E-bikes allowed: unknown
- Fee required: unknown
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The trail lies near the Zaisan area of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. The Zaisan area is located on the NW end of Bogd Khan Uul (Uul means mountain in Mongolian).
To get to the trail, start at the bridge that crosses the Tuul River on the main road to Zaisan. From the bridge, head south about 1km (0.6mi) to the main fork in Zaisan. Take the right fork and head south again up Zaisan Valley 1.8km (1.1mi) and take a left through a gate with a small brick building (all on your left). Go another 0.5km (0.3mi) until the road dead ends at the parking lot of Zaisan Camp. Park here.
From the parking lot if you look west, you will see a large, steep, east facing mountain slope. The Zaisan Chutes Trail comes out of the tree line that runs up the entire length of the slope. The trail comes out of the tree line less than a kilometer (1/2 mile) up the slope from the parking lot as a crow flies. There is no sign.
From the camp follow the two track up the mountain slope along the tree line. First, you will see another small two track going off to your left into the forest. Don't take that. Go just a little further and you will see a small trail to your left again, going into the forest. That's the bottom of the Chutes.