Winter Park is proud to hold the trademark of Mountain Bike Capital USA - and zealously delivers on the title. What sets the mountain biking in Winter Park apart from the rest of the country? To start, there are over 600 miles of mountain bike trails to explore, 2 nationally recognized, award-winning downhill bike parks, and the perfect summer climate to get out and break a sweat while enjoying the Rocky Mountain scenery.
Learn more about Winter Park's favorite mountain bike trails and Frequently Asked Questions below, or click the button to view Winter Park's full bike trail map.
If you're limited for time, or just want to try out Winter Park's best best mountain bike trails, check out our Top 5 Winter Park mountain bike trails for beginners & intermediates below.
CREEKSIDE - fLUME
A beginners favorite, the Creekside/Flume loop is a great introduction to single track mountain biking with rolling low level terrain along the banks of St Louis Creek.
If you want to add some miles and elevation, do the loop then ride the intermediate loop of Chainsaw - Broken Spade - Iko and back to Chainsaw.
LEAP FROG - aKIMA'S wAY - WTB
Leap frog is a short but super fun singletrack trail just off of D4 in the Leland Creek Trails. There are lots of rock features to play on, plus 'ride-around' options if you're just not feeling it.
Ride Leap Frog as part of the intermediate Leland Creek trails and try additional routes on Akima's Way and WTB, then end out your ride zooming down the smooth bermed Take The Leap trail to Vasquez Road.
The Idlewild (or Rendezvous) trails are another fun intermediate level network of trails that weave through the woods on the east side of town.
Follow Meadow Trail from Hideaway Park in Winter Park and climb up to higher elevations on either Yankoo Doodle (challenging) or Crosstrails (easy intermediate) up to Arrow Trail. Arrow trail is a fun, predominantly downhill singletrack trail that zips through the woods and spits you out at the Whoops/Southfork junction. From here, take Whoops back to Crosstrails, or extend your ride by riding Southfork/burnout and back to Crosstrails.
This is one of the longer trails that takes you through lovely flower filled meadows, aspen glades and shady pine forest. The trail rides as a loop of Spruce Creek/Tipperary Creek/County Road 50/NorthWest Passage/Creekside and can be ridden either direction.
The trail isn't very technical, but the climbs can be challenging to folks not used to riding at elevation, or if you're still finding your biking legs. Take plenty of food, water, a spare tube and and basic bike repair kit.
Another great confidence building trail for new mountain bikers is Blue Sky. This trail starts at a small parking lot at the end of Arapahoe Road and can be ridden either as an up and back, or more commonly as a short loop of up Blue Sky, turn left to climb up tunnel hill road, go down Chickadee trail and go left/downhill when you hit Little Vasquez Road to get back to the parking lot.
If you are looking for a longer ride, take the Twin Bridges fork at the beginning of Blue Sky to head over toward the Leland Creek trails.
If you have a bike rack on your car, there are even more awesome mountain bike trails within a 15 minute drive of Winter Park.
GRANBY RANCH is an excellent lift-serviced downhill mountain bike park, which also has cross country trails in it's extensive trail network. As Trestle (see below) has become such a sensation in recent years, Bike Granby Ranch has become a bit of a secret stash, drawing hard-core bikers form all over the country looking gnarly, pro-level riding with a little less traffic.
THE PHASES mountain bike area is the local's name for the area depicted as Strawberry Trails on the bike map and is a network of intermediate/expert cross country trails in Tabernash. This riding is typically more raw, and challenging then the Winter Park/Fraser trails with little signage...this means less traffic on the trails, and a more grass-roots style of biking.
MEADOW CREEK. The most popular trail in the Meadow Creek area is an out and back lollipop ride to Strawberry Lake. This beautiful trail begins at the High Lonesome Hutparking area on the County Road 84/FSR 128 to Meadow Creek Reservoir and as a full out and back covers about 12 - 16 miles (longer if you ride around the lake) of intermediate level trails. Due to its remote location, you'll want to pack plenty of food, water and bike repair kit. There's also a good chance that you'll spot some wildlife on the trail (not to mention the incredible wildflowers and lake views) so be sure to pack a camera too.
YMCA SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH is located between Tabernash and Granby and is another nordic center with a nice variety of trails for mountain biking. The 'Y' allows outside guests to purchase a $15 day pass which allows you access to all the trails, olympic size swimming pool, gym & more. They also have cross country mountain bikes available for rental.
DEVILS THUMB RANCH is a nordic ski center in the winter, and once the summer melts the snow, the cross-country ski trails morph into rolling trails that are great for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers.
Trail passes are available to outside guests for $10 per day. For more information, call the Devil's Thumb Activities Center at 970-726-8231.
Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort has soared to the top ranks of US Downhill Mountain Bike Parks, drawing international acclaim and pulling in pro riders from around the globe during big name events like the USA National Mountain Bike Championships.
Trestle Bike Park has three lifts which services over 40 miles of carefully crafted downhill mountain bike trails.
Just like ski trails, the biking trails are color rated to show the difficulty rating, green trails are the easiest, blue trails are intermediates, and black trails are difficult and double black trails are most difficult/expert.
Less experienced riders love trails like Green World, Free Speech and Long Trail, while advanced downhill bikers have a feast of fun on offer on trails like Trestle Downhill, Rainmaker, Boot Camp and Banana Peel.
There are a number of different ticket options for Trestle Bike Park, but the best deal is to advance purchase a full day adult lift ticket.
DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING FAQS
Do I need special gear to Downhill Mountain Bike?
If you're planning to ride downhill, you need to have the proper equipment. Don't risk injury or harm to others by bringing a short travel bike on the lifts - it won't be fun and will likely result in it (or you) sustaining some damage. Instead, head to the Trestle Bike Park Shop just next to the Zephyr Express Lift at Winter Park Resort and rent yourself some top of the line gear at a reasonable rate. You can rent individual items, or go all the way with the full bike package which includes a full face helmet, body armor sport jacket (or elbow pads), knee/shin pads , gloves, and of course a long travel, gravity mountain bike.
Can beginners do Downhill Mountain Biking?
Yes, there are some beginner friendly trails such as Green Horn-It and Green World that are suitable for beginner mountain bikers who possess basic skills like turning, breaking and shifting. We highly recommend that all first time downhillers take a lesson with the Trestle Bike School to get some great tips on conquering the the Trestle trails safely.
What type of bike do I need?
We definitely recommend a long travel enduro or downhill bike for riding at Trestle Bike Park. You can rent a downhill mountain bike, plus helmet and full body protection from the Trestle Bike Store at Winter Park Resort.
Can you take a downhill bike lesson?
Yes, there's a great team of coaches at Trestle Bike School who can give you an introduction to Downhill Mountain Biking lesson, or help you master specific skills and trail elements on a private coaching session. Call the Trestle Bike School at 800.979.0328 for further information and pricing.
Are there any free biking trails?
There is a free beginner trail called Green Horn-It that runs from the top of the Cabriolet lift (near the Vintage Hotel) down into the Base Village. This short, smooth singletrack trail winds down the hillside with some gently bermed switchbacks. There is also a small, free pump track just off of the Green Horn-It trail.