Ready to Ride
While neighboring Eagle has got plenty of press for its new trails (see page 13), the same folks who built those trails were hard at work in Avon last summer. Momentum Trail Concepts built seven miles of ripping new singletrack in the West Avon Preserve that is open now. Don’t miss the Wild West Ridge. bit.ly/1B8McDw
Completed in 2010, but still off-the-radar, this 20-mile thrill ride in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area was a partnership between the BLM, Bicycle Colorado, Singletrack Trails, Inc., local trail user groups, and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. To put it simply, this is the best trail you have not heard of. on.doi.gov/1bnTehv
The Hymasa Trail and Captain Ahab have transformed Amasa Back’s reputation from that of a jarring jeep route to the best-built singletrack around. Hymasa climbs 3.2 miles over the Amasa Back jeep track (ride it up, and back if you want a more mellow down). Captain Ahab is an instant classic, 4.3 expert, downhill-only miles of fun problems built for bikes. grandcountyutah.net/233/Maps
More brand new trails in Colorado include:
Little Scraggy East, Buffalo Creek
Built by the Colorado Mountain Bike Association, this 5.5-mile singletrack opens up an area of Buffalo Creek that could not be accessed by bike. Construction begins on the West Trail this summer, which will create a 9-mile loop that links into the Colorado Trail and Kelsey Campground. comba.org
Morning Gloria, Steamboat Springs
The Routt County Riders created this five-mile trail so that it would be easier to make the grueling climb up Emerald Mountain. steamboatspringstrails.com
Sunset Park Trails, Erie
The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance was on a mission to build trails outside the Boulder bubble, but still wanted them to connect into a larger dirt system. The trails deliver fast, rolling fun on their own, or make a good stop on a longer quest via the Coal Creek Trail. eriesingletrack.com/trail-maps
Serving up 1.6 miles of flow with a wide array of berms, table tops and more surprises, this trails is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. bit.ly/1N0zApl
In March, Colorado Parks and Wildlife approved a $200,000 grant for new trail construction here that will fund eight new miles of singletrack. Plus, Ridgway State Park netted $80,000 for new trail construction. The trails should be ready by summer.
If you like Gooseberry Mesa, keep an eye on this area nearby, where IMBA Trail Solutions staff and locals are planning to build new rides.
Sayulita Singletrack, Mexico
Most Coloradans head to Sayulita, Mexico for the surf. Now there’s singletrack. In the little town of Mascota, which is about two hours inland of Puerto Vallarta, a core group of local guides and riders have developed a system of trails that dives and climbs through the valleys of the Sierra Madre. The rides don’t just get your gears spinning, they also stop in at local mountain towns where you can fuel up and get a taste of life in these mountains. The guides cater trips to everyone from beginners to a recent junket of Enduro pros from the U.S. But, hey, this is Mexico. They also take you to the beach for surfing, SUP, snorkeling and relaxation after you have gotten that South-of-the-Border fat-tire fix. mascotaride.com