Fall is officially here, with many local trail builders scrambling to open new trails before winter hits. Here are the new mountain bike trail openings we found for September, 2019.
Indian Foothills (Marshall, Missouri): From the sound of it, this new trail build has truly been a grassroots effort. Volunteers continue to build more trail in the Indiana Foothills Park, and the 1-mile, Phase I section is now open for riding.
Hospital Trail (Hayward, Wisconsin): Mountain bikers have been riding the Hospital Trail in Hayward since last fall, but the trail wasn’t officially dedicated until this month on September 7, 2019. This beginner-friendly trail was built on property owned by the hospital and the soil is said to drain well following rain.
Pine Street Woods (Sand Point, Idaho): This 5-mile, multi-use trail was officially opened to mountain bikers on September 21, 2019.
Atomic Janitor (Dillon, Colorado): New for Arapahoe Basin is a mountain bike-specific, downhill trail called Atomic Janitor. The trail is roughly a mile long with 330′ feet of descending, and is not accessible by lift. Arapahoe Basin has plans for more trail connectivity and new trails in the upcoming years.
Crawford County Forest Preserve (Robinson, Illinois): Two miles of trails opened to bikes on September 23, 2019 in Crawford County County Forest. The new trail is a welcome addition for residents as there really aren’t many other options nearby.
Ed Lisenby Lake (Ozark, Alabama): Phase I out of four phases opened September 27, 2019 with 1.5 miles of trails for mountain biking. The first phase is known as “The Colonel” and is said to be fairly challenging. The trail system is being built in conjunction with the Southeast Alabama Mountain Bike Club.
Vader and Jedi Trails (La Crosse, Wisconsin): The Hixon Forest trail network just added two new trails this month, Vader and Jedi. Both trails are rated more difficult, giving visitors new, more challenging options for riding in the park.
Hinchee Trail (Roanoke, Virginia): The Hinchee Trail in Roanoke is a 2-mile, “more difficult” trail that connects the Hanging Rock Battlefield trail to the trails in Carvin’s Cove. Officially opened September 28, 2019, the trail was built in 235-acre Hinchee Park which was donated to the county in 2019. The connector offers improved access to the popular trails at Carvin’s Cove.
Did we miss any mountain bike trail openings in September? Let us know in the comments below.