TRAIL RATINGS

Newbie

If you can ride a bike, you can do this trail.

Beginner

Generally fire roads with minimal, or very gradual climbing.   Trip times are 1-2 hours.

Strong Beginner

Not recommended for people with less than a year of mountain biking experience.  You are fully competent about the usage of your bike.  Trips are 2-4 hours in duration on a combination of trail surfaces and climbing intensities.  But generally speaking you probably won’t be walking your bike up or down any trail.

Intermediate

An intermediate trail is about the same as a Beginner trail except that the pace will be quicker and the climbs and descents will be steeper.  Recommended for people who ride at least 2-3 times a month.

Strong Intermediate

Recommended for people with at least 2 years of trail experience.  The terrain is likely to be mostly single track trails and may involve dangers such as cliff edges, roots, ruts, creek crossings, rocks and other obstacles.  You may have to walk some sections.

Intermediate Advanced

Recommended for people with at least 2 years of trail experience and an above average level of fitness and endurance and who are 100% confident in their abilities.  Trip times range from 3-6 hours.

Advanced

Recommended for people with at least 3 years of trail experience.  These trails will likely include tight switch backs (up and down), very steep sections (up and down) and just about anything mother nature can throw in your way.  It is likely that there will be some hike-a-bike sections.  Endurance is important for these types of trails. Trip times are usually 3-6 hours.

 

 

Expert

In addition to everything you might expect from an Advanced trail, this route could actually kill you.  The trails are likely to include cliff edges and other dangerous obstacles.  The penalty for failure can be severe.

EPIC

You know when the phrase EPIC is used to describe a trail that you need to be fully prepared for anything and everything that can be thrown your way, including the possibility of navigating at night should things go terribly wrong.  But you’re survivor and no trail scares you!  EPIC trails are usually all-day rides.

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