Continental Divide Trail at risk

Received via email from IMBA: When it comes to the longest trails in the country, mountain bikes haven’t been welcome. Congress banned bicycles from the Appalachian Trail before our sport evolved, and access to the Pacific Crest Trail was eliminated in 1988, before mountain bike advocacy had fully developed. With nearly 5,000 miles of iconic …

Top 100 MTB Trails in the World

Admittedly when we first posted our list of the top 100 mountain bike trails in the world it was a bit of a gimmick. Obviously we haven’t ridden every trail on the planet so we had to automate things a bit with a “super secret” trail ranking algorithm to build the list. Of course our …

What makes a trail a trail?

A commenter on a recent blog post asked an interesting question: what makes a mountain bike trail a distinct trail? That is, if a single area (like Tsali in NC or Buffalo Creek in CO) has multiple trails, is each trail a distinct trail worthy of its own listing on singletracks? This is a question …

New DH trails at Keystone this summer

Strap on your body armor, Keystone just added 6 new downhill trails to the resort this summer including one run called “Money” that features 22 tabletop jumps. There’s also a new 18-foot wooden corkscrew that I gotta see to believe, unfortunately I haven’t been able to find pics. Lift tickets are $30 for the day …

Money talks, hikers walk

The Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) have an interesting plan for gaining access to more trails: tourism. The group argues that by making Santa Cruz a world class mountain bike destination, tourism dollars will flow into the area helping everyone from hoteliers and restauranteurs to city tax authorities. The trail access debate generally focuses …

New singletrack in Savage, MN

Ten miles of new singletrack has been built at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve outside Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN thanks to the Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) and the state department of natural resources. There are 3 loops for various skill levels and sustainability was a key consideration throughout the trail design and construction process. If …

Eroded and confusing trail network? Just start over!

The North Shore mountain bike trail at Shawnee Mission Park near Kansas City has undergone a major transformation over the past 3 years thanks to the hard work of the Earth Riders mountain bike club. Faced with serious erosion and a confusing network of trails with more than 18 different intersections, leaders decided to start …

How many mountain bike trails is enough?

Have you ridden here yet? I’ve always been a “trail bagger.” Never content to ride the same trail over and over, mudhunny and I started singletracks to share trails with others who could, in turn, share trails with us. Today singletracks has about 1,700 mountain bike trail listings from all over the world and it’ll …

Finding new bike trails: Books vs. websites

Believe it or not, I started mountain biking in the dark days before the Internet. Back then there were basically three ways to find new mountain bike trails: 1. Talk to a friend 2. Talk to your local bike shop 3. Buy a guidebook. Talking to friends worked well but usually limited you to the …

IMBA Trail Care Crew at Tsali June 2-3

Just got this in my inbox on Tuesday, not sure I’ll be able to make it out but it sounds like fun (and a good thing to do as well): IMBA is coming to Tsali, NC, June 2-3, and you’re invited to join in the special events. Anna Laxague and Jason Wells of the Subaru/IMBA …

New trails in unlikely spot: NYC

The New York City Mountain Bike Association has advocated and won 3 miles of mountain bike trails in Highbridge Park and the new trails are set to open this Saturday. Highbridge Park is in the Washington Heights area and park officials decided it was time to add some “official” bike trails after seeing BMX and …