Mountain Bike Trails

January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

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January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

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December 19, 2018

After the Blaze, A Trail’s New Beginnings

Editor’s note: Trails are just one part of a community that must be cared for after a wildfire. This article focuses on the efforts communities in California have taken to rebuild trails following the Valley and Thomas fires in 2015 and 2017. REI is also contributing to efforts to help support the lives of those […]

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August 31, 2018

Here’s How the Popular Itusi Trail is Getting an Overhaul

Tarheel Trailblazers

One of North Carolina’s most iconic mountain bike trails is getting a face-lift. The Itusi Trail, in Lake Norman State Park outside of Charlotte, was one of the first mountain bike-specific trails built in North Carolina’s state park system. In 2003, the Tarheel Trailblazers built Hawk Loop, a 3-mile loop on the shore of Lake […]

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July 6, 2018

Vermont Plans the East Coast’s First Purpose-Built, Hut-Supported Mountain Bike Route

Just outside Matt Baatz’s house in Pittsfield, Vermont, a 25-mile network of mountain bike trails climbs about 1,000 vertical feet. Baatz is the trail manager for Green Mountain Trails (GMT), a community group that built the mix of flowy singletrack and narrow, rugged routes. And he rides them daily—unless he drives either way along Vermont's […]

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June 21, 2018

Going Somewhere? Put These 5 Mountain Bike Trails On Your List

When you show up to a new place with your mountain bike in tow, it can be hard to figure out where to start pedaling. Between Strava and the MTB Project, Instagram and Facebook, and all the bike parks out there, the options are plentiful and, when you want to do it all, making a […]

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May 17, 2018

‘Biggest Buzz … Since the Casino’: Cherokee Turning to Mountain Bike Trails to Grow Economy

Mountain biker at Fire Mountain

I know I’m going to eat it somewhere in the middle of the berm. It’s a beautiful wave of dirt, piled high and smooth, but I’m carrying too much speed as I enter the top of it. I picture my bike going one direction and my body going the other and consider feathering my brakes […]

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