You’ve been on the trail for hours. Sore leg muscles propel you over large boulders that jut out of narrow dirt trails and, although you’re covered in sweat and mud, the ride has been totally worth it. If you’re a mountain biking enthusiast, or just a part-time trail rider, then you’ll be happy to hear that our resorts are located near some of the best trails in North America. Since there are so many great places to go mountain biking, we’ve put together a list of four of the best reviewed trails around our resorts. Enjoy!
Half Nelson – Squamish, B.C – Half Nelson, located about 45 minutes south of Whistler, is a 1.5-mile-long man-made trail that features four dozen water crossings, more than 100 jumps, and 60 berms. It takes 30 minutes to ride to the top of this trail, and you can descend without using your brakes or pedaling. With so much fun packed into a relatively small area, it’s no wonder MountainBike.com named it among the best new trails in the country. To informed bikers this may not be a surprise since Squamish is considered the Mountain Bike Capital of Canada.
Click here to see a first-person view of Half Nelson!
Where to stay: Resorts in Canada
Glenwild Trails – Park City, Utah – Park City is home to more than 400 miles of public hiking and mountain biking trails for riders of all skill levels. Regardless of what trail you choose, you’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the Iron, Bald Eagle, and Quarry mountains. Yet there’s one system of trails built specifically for bikers: the Glenwild Trail System, which features 25 miles of biker-friendly grades and narrow paths that wind through the North Snyderville Basin. Like Half Nelson, the Glenwild Trail System was designated as one of the country’s best new trails by MountainBike.com.
Click here to check out an amazing first-person view of Glenwild Trail!
Galbraith Mountain – Bellingham, Wash. – There seems to be one constant about Galbraith Mountain Bike Park: everything is green. The park, located just south east of Bellingham, Wash, at the foot of Lookout Mountain, has 20 miles of dirt roads and single- and double-track pathways for you to explore. Trails in this park wind between towering pine, maple, and cedar trees and afford the occasional view of stunning Washington scenery. They can be ridden throughout the year, although the drier summer months typically offer the best experience.
Check out some of Galbraith Mountain’s trails here.
Where to stay: Sandcastle at Birch Bay
Photograph by Scott Markewitz, Aurora Photos