New Mountain Bike Trails [July 2021]

This month sees some truly impressive mountain bike trail openings, many of which have been years in the making.

This month sees some truly impressive trail openings, many of which have been years in the making. From a hand-built flow trail in California to a private bike park in Montana and a 10-mile trail around a mountain in Georgia, it’s never been a better time to be a mountain biker.

Coal Basin Ranch (Redstone, Colorado): The trails at Coal Basin Ranch had a soft opening this month, with official signage and finishing touches to be added later. The property was formerly a part of a coal mining operation, and in later years was purchased by the Walton Family.

Cotter Pines (Coree, Australian Capital Territory): The Cotter Pines trail network was constructed by Kowalski Brothers Trailworks, Iconic Trails, and Pedal Power ACT. Newly-opened trails include Eagle Rock, Sneaky Pete, and Dazed and Confused.

Granite Creek Discovery Trail (Prescott, Arizona): A new Pump track was added thanks to the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance.

Knowlton Forest (Concord, New Hampshire): NEMBA spearheaded the effort to get two trails built at Knowlton Forest.

Legacy Bike Park (Lakeside, Montana): The bike park, located on private land, features 13 trails and opened to the public this month.

Lily Lake Trail (South Lake Tahoe, California): The Lily Lake Trail was built in coordination with Northstar Resort and TAMBA. It officially opened June 30.

Michigan Sugar Trails (Bay City, Michigan): Closed for the past two years due to flooding, the Michigan Sugar Trails were recently re-built and re-opened.

Midland Trail Park (Midland, Texas): Two approximately four mile loops are available for beginner and intermediate riders. A daily pass or membership in the Permian Basin Bicycle Association is required to ride.

Rocky Face Ridge Park (Dalton, Georgia): SORBA and the Whitfield County Parks and Recreation Department worked together to get this 10-mile trail circling the mountain built. This month sees a soft opening, with an official grand opening slated for the fall.

Photo credit: TAMBA Tahoe

Stanford Rock Trail (South Lake Tahoe, California): This five-mile trail climbs 2,200 feet to Stanford Rock. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for today, July 30, 2021.


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