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Winter Park’s Best Beginner Mountain Bike Trails

Winter Park’s family friendly vibe extends right onto the mountain biking tails too.  Some of the trails around town are paved, while others introduce more confident beginner bikers to single track riding.

Here are our top children-friendly/beginner bike trails in Downtown Winter Park, Fraser and Winter Park Resort.  To view them on the bigger Winter Park Trail Map, click here.

Fraser River Trail

This 5.5 mile, paved trail, runs all the way from Fraser to Winter Park Resort. If you have little ones on board, we would recommend that you focus your efforts on the 2.5 mile section between Downtown Winter Park & Winter Park Resort.

The trail winds through the woodland and along the river, offering welcome shade and plenty of picnic benches to rest at.  Half way along the trail you pass through Idlewild Campground, that has public restrooms available.

 

Vasquez Creek Trail/Confluence Park

Based in Downtown Winter Park, this short, flat trail starts at Hideaway park and follows Vasquez creek to a circular loop at Confluence Park.

The trail is very well maintained and features information boards highlighting the areas unique geography, vegetation & wildlife.  Moose & fox like to occasionally frequent this area, so always remember to keep a respectful distance from any wildlife you encounter.

Grand Park Meadow Trail

The Grand Park Meadow Trail is a wide, well maintained trail through the meadows of the Grand Park subdivision.  There is a small parking lot by the meadow near to the Grand Park Recreation Center with easy access to the trail.  You can either ride out and back, or loop up the Meadow Trail with the paved Fraser-Winter Park walk/bike trail that runs alongside the highway to make for a longer ride.

 

Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage parking lot is located on St Louise Creek Road, a mile or so after the rodeo grounds.  There is an option to ride the green level Givelo trail from Fraser to this trail head, or you can just drive up to the parking lot for Northwest Passage only.

This largely flat, single track trail is a great confidence booster for kids just starting to ride narrower trails and learning to corner.

Green Horn-It

Green Horn-It is Winter Park Resort’s free beginner level trail that winds down from the top of the Cabriolet Lift to Base Village.  It can feel steep to a novice rider, so best for older kids that have a handle on cornering and braking.

 

Pump Track

A pump track is a great way to learn how to ride a mountain bike, and a good (contained) area for kiddos to start learning their going-up and going-down skills.   Winter Park Resort has a free pump track just off of the Green Horn-It trail.

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SAVE ON MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS

Guests of Winter Park Lodging Company Save 20% On All Bike Rentals with our local partner, Epic Mountain Sports in Downtown Winter Park.

With a large selection of bikes on offer, choose the bike that suits your riding style, from cruiser town bikes, to front and full suspension cross country bikes, and even chariots and pull-a-longs for the little’uns.

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