There are about 8.3 million mountain bike riders in the US. This has led to a booming bikepacking tourism industry. If you're just getting into the sport or have been riding for years, there's nothing like challenging your skills on new terrain.
Check out these bikepacking routes and leave the pavement behind.
Table of Contents
- 1. Kokopelli Trail
- 2. Alaska: Denali National Park
- 3. Three Sisters Three Rivers
- 4. Trans North Georgia
- 5. Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
- Check out These Bikepacking Routes
1. Kokopelli Trail
This list wouldn't be complete without America's mecca of mountain biking. This 150-mile trail connects Fruita, CO and Moab, UT. Most people start their journey in Colorado and venture west.
This is a classic trail that's perfect for those who have experience but are looking for a challenge. You'll traverse a sandstone desert as you gaze upon sweeping vistas of the red rock canyon.
2. Alaska: Denali National Park
Experience this larger than like national park in a unique way. Private vehicle traffic isn't allowed, which means you're stuck riding on designated tour buses. Unless you have a bicycle!
Get a backcountry camping permit and explore this pristine example of nature. Along your 92 mile journey, you'll see wild caribou, moose, and porcupines. You'll also get a lot more riding in with the 24 hours of daylight.
3. Three Sisters Three Rivers
If you're more experienced and looking for a challenge, then this is the destination for you. This 325-mile trek connects Oregon's five most ambitious tracks.
- The Bend
- Oakridge Trail Systems
- McKenzie River Trail
- IMBA Epic North Umpqua Trail
This is an aggressive route that will challenge your skills and delight your senses. Weave your way through lava beds above the stunning Tamolitch Blue Pool. Then you'll glide your way through smooth and sandy trails surrounded by pine glades.
Things may turn wet as you navigate mossy roots. Let's not forget the giant trees, rushing rivers, mountain views, hot springs.
4. Trans North Georgia
If you're on the East Coast, then you need to head to Georgia and ride through the southern heel of the Appalachian Mountains. This is a challenging trail, but so worth it for the sights of nature.
Find your inner peace as you pedal through the quiet pine glades. Discover the hidden waterfalls, rocky ridges, and hardwood groves.
The TNG has 350 miles of trails, singletracks, Forest Service roads, and old 4×4 trails.
5. Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
What could be better than spending the evening soaking in a hot spring after a long day of riding? This isn't a well-known route, but that just means there's less bike traffic.
This trail is a giant loop that starts and ends in Idaho City. On your trip around the loop, you'll see some of Idaho's wildlife, including bears, elk, deer, and eagles.
Check out These Bikepacking Routes
If you're ready to put your skills to work, then you need to check out these bikepacking routes. Not only will you challenge yourself, but you experience America in a whole new and personal way.
Check out our other biking articles for more tips and tricks to further your biking skills.