More fresh dirt! A National Park in Australia gets two mountain bike specific trails, while bike parks are built and expanded in the western USA. Plus, Maine and Arkansas (naturally) get in on the action.
Crown Mountain Park (EL Jebel, Colorado): This half-million-dollar bike park near Aspen opened to the public in July with progressive dirt jumps, wooden features, and even a (temporary?) air bag for practicing jumps.
Ride Kanuga Bike Park (Hendersonville, North Carolina): The Kanuga retreat center in the mountains of western North Carolina is opening its 20-mile network of hiking trails to bikers, and also unveiled 12 new downhill trails for mountain biking. Ride Kanuga Bike Park is offering daily or annual passes for a fee.
Learner’s Permit (Fayetteville, Arkansas): It just wouldn’t be a new trail roundup without a trail opening to report in Arkansas. Learner’s Permit is a beginner-friendly, 2-mile loop in Centennial Park where more trails are planned to be added in the near future.
Sage Advice (Beaver, Utah): The 3-mile Sage Advice trail was constructed on BLM-managed land in a trail system known as the Beaver Bench. Up to 30 miles of singletrack is planned to be opened to bikers eventually.
Glade Runner (Boise, Idaho): Glade Runner is the newest flow trail at the Bogus Basin mountain bike resort outside of Boise. The 2-mile descending trail is lift accessible.
Jalkwarak and Jatete Trails (Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia): Two mountain bike specific trails were added to Nitmiluk National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory this month. The Jalkwarak trail is 3.5 miles long and is rated beginner-friendly, while the Jatete trail is 2.7 miles long and rated for intermediate mountain bikers.
Essex Woods (Bangor, Maine): Essex Woods officially opened 3 miles of flow trails to riders of all abilities in July.
Margaret River Pines (Margaret River, Western Australia): While mountain bikers have been enjoying the trails and jumps at Margaret River Pines for several years, work is planned to make the trails more official and sustainable. This month, a new freeride/jump line officially (re)opened.
Cold Lake Bike Park (Cold Lake, Alberta): This fledgling bike park has added new trails this season, and famed trail builder Jay Hoots and crew are working to add more singletrack.
Twisted Sister (Golden, British Columbia): The Twisted Sister trail, which opened on July 24, is 3.5km long and is designed for adaptive riders who have physical limitations. A wide corridor and rolling gradients makes the trail accessible to riders of all abilities.