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September 12, 2008

Mountain Bike Trail Rankings

Filed under: General Mountain Bike Travel, MTB Travel — anotherheader @ 7:44 am

Any ranking system is arbitrary and that applies to my favorite trails/trail systems.  Below are my rankings.

What do the stars mean?

*** Worthy of travel a great distant to get to ride

** A must ride if you are within 4 hrs away

* A must ride if you are within 1 hr

Mentioned, but not ranked = a worthy trail system to visit

The criteria for the rankings include challenge, scenery, and historical significance.  The rankings are for single trails, for particularly long trails, or trail systems when it is difficult to separate the trails out.  In the end, though, the rankings reflect what I prefer to ride!  And, of course, it only includes places I’ve been.

*** Trails

Sedona, Arizona

Gooseberry Mesa, Virgin Utah

Whistler Valley Trails, BC

Pemberton, BC

Whistler Bike Park, BC

Moab, UT

McKenzie River Trail, OR

Thunder Mt./Red Canyon, UT

Squamish, BC

Mt. Seymour, BC

Mt. Fromme, BC

Ape Canyon/Plains of Abraham, WA

Fruita, CO

** Trails

Park City, UT

Ketchum, ID

The Plunge, Kernville, CA

North Umpqua, OR

UCSC/Wilder/Grey Whale, CA

Brian Head, UT

Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest, Rotorua, NZ

Pisgah, NC

* Trails

Downieville, CA

Mt. Tam, Marin County, CA

EcdM/Purisima Creek OSP, Woodside, CA

Henry Coe, Morgan Hill, CA

The Demo, Aptos, CA

Oakridge, OR

Deschutes River Trail, Bend, OR

Phil’s Trails, Bend, OR

Santos, Ocala, FL

Tsali, NC

Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough New Zealand


China Camp, Marin County, CA

Annadale, Santa Rosa, CA

Water Dog, Belmont, CA

Montebello OS, Los Gatos, CA

Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, NV

Bogg’s Mountain, Cobb, CA

Pioneer Trail, Nevada City, Nevada City, CA

Fort Ord, CA


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