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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:36

5 Must-Do Bikepacking Trips

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Bikepacking is here and it’s here to stay. Not hard to believe when you’re trekking across beautiful landscapes with your beloved bike and all your lightweight camping gear in tow! You may have your favorite thru-hike mapped out, but what about biking trails? Here are a handful of ideas to venture to.

  1. Oregon Timber Trail

This trail is geared towards tough riders and mountain climbers, designed for mountain biking with over 90% of unpaved pathways. The Oregon Timber Trail travels through a variety of landscapes, communities, ecosystems, terrain, and most importantly, mountain bike trails. The trek was designed with mountain biking in mind and consists of roughly 50 percent singletracks. Shuttle options are also available - so don’t forget your camera!

  1. Colorado 14ers Loop

What would a bikepacking list be without the beautiful Colorado Rockies? You won’t be disappointed with these views throughout this full, 9-day trek. Be warned, this route is rated difficult with numerous steep climbs requiring bike-pushing and/or carrying. The riding is very challenging with frequent large obstacles, exposure, and very steep grades, making it suitable only for advanced mountain bikers. But don’t be put off by the difficulty level - the Rockies provide amazing views throughout the journey so the trip won’t go without its rewards!

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  1. Keep it Local in the Pisgah Ranger District

Without quite as many miles as the previous two options, the “Beer Trail” is a great 4-day adventure through Asheville with enough stops to enjoy what Asheville does best…drink beer and ride bikes! The Pisgah National Forest provides intense downhill options, smooth rides and some steep grades. A variety of bike trails cover the area with the option to treat yourself in between (the trail map includes some of local brews found along the way!). Keep in mind camping in the Bent Creek area is not permitted, although there is a paid camping option nearby at Lake Powatan Recreation area that is $22/night.

Double bonus – Asheville is the home of LightHeart Gear!

  1. Canyonlands National Park, East of Moab

Moab is full of adventure, and of course they don’t exclude biking and ultra-light camping. With hundreds of miles of four-wheel-drive roads, Canyonlands offers ideal terrain for multi-night mountain bike trips. Warning: there are few reliable water sources along these roads, so plan ahead with water drop offs or cars along the route for transportation. The White Rim Trail is a great option with well-marked roads, although the area has some difficult moments with climbs of over 7,500ft. If you’re looking for a relaxing trip in the Utah Canyons, or just getting your foot in the bikepacking door, the White Rim is a perfect option.

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  1. Cycle through Denali National Park

All 92 miles of this trail will hold breathtaking views of the Alaskan landscape ranging from paved roads to gravel and dirt paths. The road is paved to mile 15 (Savage River) and is graded gravel beyond. Much of the roadway beyond mile 31 is narrow and there are no shoulders. Beware of the dust and show courtesy to other drivers. Remember – you’re in Alaska. Bring your bear bell!

Don’t forget your helmet, SoLong 6, and some snacks. Enjoy!!

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