Selected by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) staff, the following list of trails has been designated “Epic.” What exactly does that mean? The definition will continue to evolve, says IMBA, but one thing will never change: the criteria. IMBA chooses Epic trails based on quality.
This ride should be on every mountain biker's short list. Relentless climbs, tricky descents and a mandatory waterfall rappel put The Edge Loop in Fruita, Colorado, in the IMBA "Epic" category. Not only is the riding phenomenal, but Fruita’s small-town feel and friendly locals welcome mountain bikers into town.
Ray’s Indoor Bike Park is indeed one of a kind. With more than 100,000 square feet of man-made terrain (roots, rocks, log bridges, etc.) all under one roof, there’s fun to be had for beginners and advanced mountain bikers alike. Oh, and did I mention you can ride in perfect conditions in the dead of winter?
Miles of twisty, flowing singletrack winds through a thick forest of green at Kingdom Trails. Belted cows, maple syrup tubing and sugar shacks dot the landscape and make the experience truly one of a kind.
IMBA gave their “Epic” designation to this entire trail system. And rightly so. Flowy singletrack, a skills park and wooden structures abound. Hone your skills on smaller stuff in the “progression areas” before trying anything more challenging.
This 20-or-so mile ride offers 3,000 feet of up-and-down altitude change and breathtaking views of Park City—literally. Allow ample time to acclimate to the altitude. And when you do, hop on your bike and get to riding the Mid Mountain Trail.
Drawing professional mountain bikers each spring, the picturesque Kentucky Camp Trail is a 38-mile figure eight loop. Enjoy one of the most scenic areas in this part of the country amid singletrack and steep climbs.
Located within the White Mountain National Forest, plan this ride in the fall to view the spectacular changing leaves. Start at a restored covered bridge and make your way over rocks, roots and log bridges, over rollers and through rock gardens—all the while paralleling the Swift River.