There’s certainly no shortage of mountain biking trails across the United States, and narrowing it down to the 10 best is a daunting task. That’s why we got input from pro riders and locals alike to help create this round-up. We’re willing to bet that there will be at least a few you’re already familiar with, but probably some spots you’ve never heard of, too.
1. MILLS PEAK IN DOWNIEVILLE, CALIFORNIA
California is the birthplace of our beloved sport, and with a state that is so big, it’s nearly impossible to pick the single best trail. But if we had to pick just one, it would be Mills Peak in Downieville. The famous Downieville Classic downhill gets all the press, but Mills Peak is a hidden gem. How does dropping 3,000 feet over 8.5 miles of bermed turns and never-ending flow through fragrant pine forest sound? Mills Peak was built with bikes in mind. It’s the reason mountain bikers do what they do.
2. SOUTH BOUNDARY IN TAOS, NEW MEXICO
When you think about New Mexico, it’s likely that images of cacti and desert vistas spring to mind. Up in Taos however, the terrain is unexpectedly diverse and postcard beautiful. Lifelong local and pro endurance racer Macky Franklin has this recommendation: “South Boundary is a Taos epic. Classic high-alpine NM riding with tons of flow and a big day out on the bike. It passes through a variety of terrain from high-alpine meadows to aspen groves to rocky shale. You can do a bunch of different loops depending on whether or not you have a shuttle, how long you want to be out, how much you want to climb, etc. Really just an amazing piece of singletrack.”