Guide Favorites: Mountain Bike Trails & Trips

Expert Advice
Feb 2018
Mountain biker pauses to admire Grand Canyon view

SEE WHAT THE GUIDES’ FAVORITE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS & TRIPS ARE

Mountain biking in a new destination is more fun when you have a heads-up about the terrain around the corner and you know where your ride will take you. Going guided is about worrying less and riding more because it eliminates all the logistical planning involved that you would have to do on your own. Get to know some of our awesome mountain bike guides below that you could ride with on one of guided mountain bike trips.

 

Alex

What kind of mountain bike do you ride?

I ride a Trek Superfly 100. I don’t upgrade my bike often, but over the years I’ve made tweaks to make it the perfect bike for me!

Name your favorite trail to ride and why: 

McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Pemberton Loop is a classic favorite of mine. Going clockwise, you get a nice slow climb on singletrack and the whole way back is real fast and flowy.

The most challenging ride you’ve ever done? 

The Tahoe Rim Trail is killer – but memorable to say the least.

Your favorite multi-day mountain biking trip and why: 

My favorite mountain bike trip would have to be the 3-Day Arizona Classic. It’s perfect for all level of riders, and the terrain we ride each day can vary from fast and flowy to rocky and technical. Plus – you really can’t beat that Arizona sunshine right in the middle of winter!

 

Linda

What kind of mountain bike do you ride? 

I ride a Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 6Fattie.

Name your favorite trail to ride and why: 

It is very difficult to pick just one specific trail as I have been riding some really epic trails in Sedona as well as in Bryce Canyon, but if I had to pick one I would probably pick the Thunder Mountain Trail just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park. The trail has a little bit of everything from nice flowy singletrack, high-speed downhill, some challenging climbs, and technical switchbacks – as well as breathtaking views.

The most challenging ride you’ve ever done?

The most challenging ride in the valley I have done would be Mormon, national trail as well as Geronimo Trail at South Mountain.

Your favorite multi-day mountain biking trip and why:

Our Grand Canyon & Arizona Trail mountain bike trip is pretty epic. You have the chance to ride along the Rainbow Rim Trail – with incredible views of the Grand Canyon, camping beneath the pines, then riding the iconic Arizona Trail through northern Arizona’s beautiful pine forests.

 

Brian

What kind of mountain bike do you ride? 

I own two mountain bikes – a Trek Stash, a hardtail with mid-fat tires and a Specialized Camber, a trail bike that strikes a great balance of comfort and performance. Both bikes are super enjoyable to ride and offer a unique riding experience. Both are built for fun, not speed. I ride for the smile and these whips deliver.

Name your favorite trail to ride and why: 

I have two mountain bikes for a reason. I like to ride different terrain depending on my mood and pairing it with the right bike makes it even more fun. But if pressed I would say my favorite trail is the mixed slick rock and flowing singletrack found on Southern Utah’s Whole Guacamole. It strikes the ultimate balance of technical, fast and flowing that keeps me smiling from ear to ear.

The most challenging ride you’ve ever done? 

I found the Hangover trail in Sedona to be the most challenging ride I have ever attempted. The trail has stunning views and amazing terrain. I

hope to return with a bit more skill and guts to have more success riding, rather than walking the trail!

Your favorite multi-day mountain biking trip and why: 

Easy, It’s the Goosberry Mesa & JEM Mountain biking trip! Southern Utah is beautiful, wide open and the trails are not crowded. The riding has a technical component, but is enjoyable even after a long stretch when I haven’t had time to keep my riding skills honed. The best part is that the finale ride is on my favorite trail… The Whole Guacamole, which I mentioned above!


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