8 of the Most Technical Mountain Bike Trails in the USA, According to the Singletracks Community

Moore Fun (Fruita, CO)

Photo: DurangoMtBikeTours
Photo: DurangoMtBikeTours

Depending on how you view technical MTB trails, “Moore Fun” could be an oxymoronic trail name. Like the technical trail picks in Moab, Moore Fun features plenty of ledgy exposure and rocks galore to keep riders on top of their tech game.

If you thought Fruita was more flow than whoa, don’t worry–there’s plenty of flow to be found in the area too. The trails in the 18 Road system are generally far less technical than those found in the Kokopelli Area, where Moore Fun is located.

Porcupine Rim (Moab, UT)

Photo: Bob Ward
Photo: Bob Ward

Porcupine Rim is perhaps the most famous of the technical mountain bike trail rides. For one thing, mountain bikers have been riding the trail forever, and for another, a lot of people ride it. Unlike some of the other picks on this list with just a few reviews from Singletracks community members, Porcupine Rim has been reviewed 86 times over the years. The trail itself isn’t particularly narrow, but it does offer Moab-style exposure and steep, rocky descents.

True story #2: I once wimped out on a chance to ride the Porcupine Rim trail due to its technically-demanding reputation. I was at the end of a bikepacking hut-to-hut trip and part of our group decided to finish the 7-day trip by riding down Porcupine Rim, fully loaded. I, on the other hand, rode down Sand Flats road instead. Maybe next time…

Captain Ahab (Moab, UT)

Photo: bonkedagain
Photo: bonkedagain

Captain Ahab is located in the Amasa Back Area and offers up four miles of steep slickrock descents and chunky rock sections. Captain Ahab doesn’t seem to have quite as much cliffside exposure as the other Moab trails included higher on this list. And honestly, experienced riders should be able to clean the whole descent. But make no mistake, this is still a double-black diamond-rated trail!

Hangover (Sedona, AZ) 

Photo: Greg Heil
Photo: Greg Heil

Is it possible for a mountain bike trail to become a YouTube star? If so, Hangover is probably one of the first thanks to POV footage from Nate Hills showing just how “sketchy” this trail really is. Hangover, I’m guessing, gets its name from all the overhanging rocks on the trail that force riders to steer toward the edge of the cliff leading to the canyon below. Not only does this trail feature white-knuckle-inducing exposure, there are significant rocks and boulders to navigate along the way.

The White Line trail is another technically-challenging trail in Sedona, though as far as we know, it’s not exactly legal to ride. Unlike other trails on this list, the pucker-factor on the White Line trail is due purely to exposure and little else in the way of technical factors.

Beyond the Top 8

Within our survey data we had a massive tie for 9th place, and every one these trails certainly deserves an honorable mention:

To be honest, some of the trails on the honorable mention list might be even more difficult than the ones listed in the official top 8! But as we’ve discovered, many of the most technical trails just aren’t very well known, since few riders actually seek them out.

Your turn: Where do you go to find the most technical mountain bike trails? We’d love to hear about your favorites!

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