Singletracks.com has been collecting trail conditions and check-in data for many years. In 2014 we added conditions information specific to fat bikes, including “Snow: Packed” and “Snow: Powder.” As the 2015/2016 snow riding season gets amped up, we wondered: where are the most popular places to ride our fat bikes on snow? While this list of the best fat bike trails in the US is a great start, we wanted to discover where the hundreds of thousands of Singletracks users pedal during the cold, white months.
We began by pulling trail status data for trails that had been reported as “Snow: Packed” (the ideal fat biking conditions) at least twice in 2015. Once we had that list, we ranked the trails based on the number of winter check-ins they received, to find out which trails are the most popular–and hopefully, the best to ride. Especially with fat biking, having well-packed/groomed trails is critical, so the more they get ridden and maintained, the better.
So without further ado, here are 20 popular fat bike trails that you may have never heard of:
This image that DougJ posted shows that this trail receives regular, fat bike-specific grooming, keeping it in optimal condition during the winter months. Would you expect anything less from frigid Minnesota? According to our database listing, as of 2014 this trail system was brand-new and still under construction. Will we see more and more brand-new singletrack trails be built specifically with fat biking and winter grooming in mind? Current trends indicate “yes.”
Cross country skiers also share this 6-mile multi-use trail during the winter.
Continuing our solid showing from the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin joins the list with one of the most popular trails in the state–naturally. With about 12-14 miles, depending on how you ride this trail system, there’s plenty of pedaling to be done here. No word on how much of that distance is maintained during the winter.
The Woolly Trails are regularly groomed for fat biking, keeping conditions predictable and enjoyable!
Again, these trails are regularly groomed for fat biking.
Froid, neige, hiver… y a pas de soucis grace au fat bike ???? les pneus sont juste enormes ???? et faut bien pedaler, comme nous a dit un monsieur, on va moins vite mais c est du velo de contemplation ???? c est joliment dit ???? A photo posted by Ninette est chouette (@bounsandbabz) on
While these trails are rideable in the summer, Singletracks user onagos claims that they ride even better in the winter! This is also the first showing from Canada on this list–with more to come!
With a name like “Snowkraft,” it’s obvious that this trail was built with fat biking in mind! As photos from our users show, this trail is groomed into picture-perfect corduroy!
Located just outside of Ogden, Utah, this is the first trail from the western half of the continent to grace this list. Granted, we know of many popular fat bike trails in the Western US (be sure to check out this list), but it seems that the Upper Midwest reigns supreme in fat bike popularity.
Located on the relatively warm, dry Colorado Front Range, I wouldn’t expect Ridgeline Open Space to be a great fat biking destination. Rather, when it does snow, expect this trail to get traffic-packed due to its popularity.
Be sure to click over to page two for 10 more great fat bike trails!