Ah, the mountain bike shuttle. While I’m not scared to climb for hours and earn my turns, I can never pass up an opportunity to snag a ride to the top of the mountain and bomb back down!
Of course, most shuttle runs still require a good bit of climbing, but getting the bulk of it taken care of via a motor and some gasoline is becoming an increasingly popular option at MTB destinations around the world. In fact, shuttle routes have become so popular that many riders consider an epic shuttle to be a prerequisite for all true mountain bike destinations. I say, the more the merrier!
With so many excellent shuttle routes cropping up, it’s tough to choose the best ones. But the Singletracks staff got together, and here are our top 10 picks in the Western United States. With these choices we tried to focus on routes that are serviced by a commercial shuttle option, in order to make it as easy as possible to show up, plunk down your cash, and shred.
One thing’s for sure: you’ll have a blast on all of these rides!
With over 7,000 feet of net descending from the high point to the low point, and passing through almost every climate zone imaginable, the Whole Enchilada is the king of shuttle routes. Riders flock from all over the world to experience this mountain biking masterpiece, and to try their luck on Moab’s technical obstacles.