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. So grab your Osprey pack (we recommend the Viper or Verve for a long ride), gas up the truck, grab the map and, in no particular order, we’ll dive right into some of the best mountain bike trails in the United States.
1. MILLS PEAK IN DOWNIEVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Get ready for the awesome downhill at Mills Peak. Image via Chris Kaufman.
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.